Doctor of Philosophy (Computer Science) – Research

Doctor of Philosophy (Computer Science) – Research


1. Program/MQR No.

Doctor of Philosophy (Computer Science) – Research
MQR Code: MQA/FA6589

2. Brief introduction

The Doctor of Philosophy (Computer Science) by Research programme is offered by the Department of Computer Science in 2011. The programme is designed to enhance knowledge and impart technical competencies to postgraduate students on issue pertaining to Computer Science area. Graduates from this programme are expected to:


Show a high-level of understanding in Computer Science theories and applications. This understanding must transcend the implementation details of the various components to encompass an appreciation for the structure of computer systems and the processes involved in construction and analysis.


Appreciate the interplay between theory and practice. Graduates from this programme will be able to understand the theoretical underpinning of Computer Science discipline as well as how they are applied in practical applications.


Display characteristics of Muslim scientist who are technically competent, pious and ready to serve the Ummah.

3. Program Outcome


Demonstrate a systematic comprehension and in-depth understanding of a discipline and mastery of skills and research methods related to the field of computing;


Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise new and complex ideas;


Show scholarly capabilities to generate, design, implement and adopt the integral part of the research process based on the computing theoretical framework;


Contribute to original research that broadens the boundary of knowledge through an in-depth thesis, which has been presented and defended according to International standards including writing in Internationally refereed publications;


Communicate to peers, scholarly communities and society at large through the preparation, publication and presentation of technical material;


Promote the technological, social and cultural progress in a knowledge-based society in both academic and professional contexts;


Demonstrate behaviour that is consistent with codes of professional ethics, legal requirements and responsibility; and

8. Supervise research projects.

4. Career Opportunities

There is a high demand from employers for computer science graduates from a wide variety of organizations government and private sectors. Graduates can position themselves in a large number of exciting fields of works. Some of positions are as follows:

    •    System Developer
    •    Computer Analyst
    •    Data Scientist
    •    Database Developer
    •    Software Engineer
    •    Network System Administrator
    •    Wireless Systems Designer
    •    Information Security Analyst
    •    Computer Forensic Analyst
    •    Network Engineer
    •    Academician
    •    Researcher in Computer Science

5. Program Structure

In the first semester, a student is required to audit two (2) Kulliyyah required courses: ICT Research Methods and Islamic Worldview on ICT and Society. Within six (6) months from the registration date, students are required to submit his/her research synopsis proposal which need to be defended. Pre-requisites for the defence proposal are (1) to attend the PG seminar that will be held once every fortnight in the semester at least two times, and (2) Do a presentation in this seminar at least once. Upon approval, the student will continue his/her research. The final thesis needs to be submitted at the end of the study period. There will be at least two (2) examiners to evaluate the final thesis, one of whom must be from other than IIUM. The appointment of all examiners shall be recommended by the Kulliyyah Postgraduate Committee (KPGC) and endorsed by the University’s Senate. An oral defence of the thesis will be arranged once agreed by the examiners.

Areas of Research

Artificial Intelligence, Soft Computing, Database Systems, Big Data, Data Science, Cryptography, Software Engineering, Computer Security, Computer Network and Distributed Systems, Quantum Computing, Cognitive Science, Knowledge Management, Ubiquitous Computer, and Algorithms and Theory.

6. Duration of Study

This programme is offered via full time and part time mode. The full time programme would normally require three (3) years (6 semesters) study duration and the maximum duration allowed is 6 years (12 semesters).

The part time programme would normally require six (6) years (12 semesters) to the maximum of 8 years (16 semesters).


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