Faculty of Information Technology

Doctor of Philosophy in Information Technology

(N/482/8/0167) (MQA/PA 9555) 09/2025

Programme Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Information Technology program at City University Malaysia is a research-intensive doctoral program designed for individuals seeking to advance their expertise and contribute to the cutting-edge developments in the field of information technology. The program provides a stimulating environment for research and innovation, fostering the development of independent researchers and scholars who can make significant contributions to the IT industry.

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Programme Highlights

  • Mode: Full & Part Time
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Credit Hours: 80
  • Scholarships Available
  • Intake: Jan/Feb, May/June, Sept/Oct
  • Course in Petaling Jaya campus

Subjects offered*

  • Research Methods 1: Qualitative & Quantitative
  • Idea Paper
  • Preliminary Literature Review & Draft Proposal
  • Draft Proposal
  • Finalise Research Proposal
  • Data Collection & Analysis
  • Prepare Final Draft Thesis for Examination
  • Amended Final Thesis / Thesis Accepted


*(not limited to)


A Master’s Degree (Level 7, MQF) or equivalent AND candidates must have completed at least ONE (1) of their earlier Degrees (Master’s or Bachelor’s) in Computing or related to computing. International students must have proof of good proficiency in verbal and written English. For example International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or its equivalent. If a student does not meet this requirement, HEPs must offer English proficiency courses to ensure that the student’s proficiency is sufficient to meet the needs of the programme. Note for PhD by Research:  There shall be no direct entry from Bachelor’s Degree level to PhD level. Candidates registered for Master’s Degree by research programmes with a Bachelor’s Degree level may apply to convert their candidacy to the PhD programmes subject to the following conditions: a. application for exchange is within 1 year after registering for the master’s program for full-time candidates and 2 years for part-time candidates b. having shown competency and capability in conducting research at PhD level through rigorous assessment by the HEP, and c. approval by the HEP Senate. OR HEP may enroll Bachelor’s graduates (MQF Level 6) for direct admission to MQF Level 8 Doctoral programs (by research) with the following conditions: a. Students obtain a first-class Bachelor’s qualification or equivalent; OR b. Obtain a CGPA of at least 3.67 or its equivalent from an academic or TVET program; AND c. Thorough rigorous internal assessment by the HEP; AND d. Obtained approval from the HEP senate and was accepted as a candidate for the MQF Level 8 Doctoral program. Students need to show appropriate progress during the candidature period.

For International Students

Evidence of good English competency orally and written. For example IELTS 6.0/equivalent.  Programme Standards: Computing, Second Edition 2015, updated 2.11.2021 Senate minimum requirements: A minimum score of 5.0 in IELTS OR / Malaysian University English Test (MUET) with Band 3.5 OR its equivalent.

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