Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology)

Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology)(R2/481/8/0072 (A6083) 06/20)

Programme Synopsis

Ultimately this programme aims to:

  • Enhance research management skills in specific areas of Information Technology.
  • Improve the analytical and conceptual skills in specific areas of Information Technology.
  • Foster research and development of new knowledge in specific areas of Information Technology.

Malaysia requires more knowledge workers to help it to propel towards the knowledge-based economy. The Doctor of Philosophy degree programme in Open University Malaysia (OUM) has been designed to produce cutting-edge knowledge workers in information and communication technology and cater to the needs of industries, academic and research institutions. In particular, the objective of this programme is to produce high-calibre researchers in critical areas in information and communication technology.

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Normal Entry

Master’s degree in Computing / related field; OR
Bachelor’s degree with first class in Computing / related field from OUM or other institutions recognized by Senate; AND

  • Registered for a Master’s degree in Computing / related field; AND
  • Passed related qualifying examination.

  1. The provisional offer of admission will be revoked if, the candidate:
    1. Fails to submit evidence of qualification within the stipulated date;
    2. Does not meet the entry requirements of the University.
  2. Entry requirements are subject to change as prescribed by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).
Coursework Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Sem 1 RM7,800 RM2,517 RM2,517 RM2,517
Sem 2 RM2,517 RM2,517 RM2,517 RM2,517
Sem 3 RM2,517 RM2,517 RM2,517 RM2,517
Total     RM35,487
* Fees applicable to Malaysians and Permanent Residents only.
* International students are required to pay registration fees of RM1,000 and an additional 20% for the tuition fees.
* The University reserves the right to revise the fees without prior notice.

Discount for the Physically Challenged Learners (OKU) and Senior Citizens

The University offers 50% discount for:

  • Senior citizens aged 60 and above on registration date; and
  • Physically challenged learners – a valid Orang Kelainan Upaya (OKU) is required.

These discounts are for subject fees only and are not applicable for research and other fees. The discounts are also not valid for second time registration and repeating of subjects.

Learners who receive this discount are not entitled to other discounts and promotions.


♦ Processing fee:

  • RM50 (Malaysian) & RM100 (International Students)

♦ Re-registration fee of RM220 per semester is chargeable for extension of Masters Projects

♦ Financial options:

  • EPF (Account 2); or
  • Education or Personal Loan from commercial banks; or
  • HRDF (subject to employer’s eligibility); or

♦ Payment Mode:

  • JomPAY; or
  • Internet Banking; or
  • Debit/Credit Card.

This programme comprised three parts:

Part I
Subject Name Credit Hours

Research Methodology

This course focuses on the research elements, components, and processes in scientific research, its purpose and importance. Various types of research, characteristics of scientific research, logical methods of reasoning and hypothetic-deductive method are discussed. The course will also focus on formulating research problem, research objectives, theoretical framework, hypothesis formulation, research design, data collection techniques, scale and measurements, reliability and validity, data analysis methods, report writing and presentation.


Doctoral Seminar

In this course, learners will identify the basic area of study for research. Learners will present the literature review, methodology, and theories relevant for the proposed research area. After each presentation, learners will make the necessary amendments and improvements of the paper for subsequent seminars.


Part II
**Learners will be conducting the research and prepare the thesis under the guidance of supervisor(s). The areas of research in this field of study are as follows:
  • Methodology of Information System Development
  • E- Learning
    • Learning Object Modelling
    • Object Reusability
    • Automatic Instructional Design
    • Use modelling
    • E-Learning Effectiveness
    • Learner Assessment in E-Learning Environment
  • Intelligent Systems and Novel Computing
  • Knowledge Management
  • Database
    • Uncertainty Database
    • Spatial Database
  • Computer/Information System Security
  • Media planning and Economic

Part III
**In Part III, the learner has completed the thesis and ready to submit for examination. An internal examiner and one external examiner will be appointed to assess the Ph.D. (Information Technology) thesis in the Viva Voce session.
Thesis Examination

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