Doctor of Philosophy
(Computer Science)


Doctor of Philosophy (Computer Science) – Research

Doctor of Philosophy (Computer Science) – Research

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Display characteristics of Muslim scientist who are technically competent, pious and ready to serve the Ummah.
Program Outcome

Demonstrate mastery advanced level of theoretical and application in the field of Information Technology and are able to apply the knowledge in tackling complex issues and solving problems.

Use relevant skills learnt in Information Technology to perform complex tasks.

Cooperate with others and reintegrate revealed knowledge responsibly for the progress of the nation and the Ummah.

Demonstrate commitment to Islamic ethics, autonomy and professionalism in the workplace and everyday life.

Communicate effectively with people from a diverse range of backgrounds by interpreting ideas to provide critical responses on issues raised.

Analyse issues and demonstrate a higher order of skillfulness in planning, executing and evaluating strategies and action plans.

Ability to use necessary learning skills in information management, apply effective strategies for lifelong self-improvement and conduct research independently.

Apply managerial and entrepreneurial skills in relevant fields.

Understand the different type of leadership styles and the demonstration of interpersonal skills when leading in a group situation.

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

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.

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).