Doctor of Philosophy Informatics


This programme offers flexibility for students to conduct independent research under the supervision of an academic with related expertise in the area of informatics. The program is designed to produce professional and dedicated researchers who will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and expertise to face future research challenges of the informatics industry.


This program will be conducted at Advanced Informatics School (UTM AIS), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

English language is the main medium for teaching & learning activities

Career Opportunity

Graduates are able to work as Researchers, Academics, Solutions Architects, Systems Engineers, Systems Integrators, Systems Analysts, Software Engineers, Systems Managers, Systems Consultants or any job in a wide variety of informatics field.


This Doctoral research programme is capable to develop students with the following capabilities :

1.Exploring the various knowledge and theories suitable for the particular research context.
2.Identifying and analysing the research problem critically and creatively and producing well thought research proposal.
3.Justifying  and  verifying  the  research  proposal or solution using various related fundamental theories.
4.Performing the research in a systematic/scientific manner.
5.Adapting lifelong learning.
6.Writing and publishing their research work in both national and international refereed and high impact factor journals.
7.Presenting and defending their research work in national and international conferences, and finally during their oral viva.
8.Demonstrating practicing ethical code of conduct professionalism.


The main research areas which have been recognized and progressively growing up in UTM AIS, but not limited to the following areas are Software Design, Development, Analysis and Testing, Information Security/Assurance, Multimedia Security, Digital Forensic, Business Informatics, Healthcare Informatics, Educational Informatics, Enterprise Architecture, Computer Systems Engineering, Web services, Mobile computing, Secure Embedded System, Information Analytics, Image Processing and Pattern Recognitions.

This Doctor of Philosophy programme is fully research-based. However, students are also required to take one university general elective course and a research methodology course.

Mode Min Semester Max Semester
Full time 6 12
Part time 8 16

For the doctoral programme assessments are carried out using progress report at the end of every semester. Students are also required to present their research findings through seminars and colloquiums organized by the School. Full time student will be expected to present his/her proposal to a panel of examiners by the middle of the third semester.


UNP0010  Research Methodology
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of research methodology which include a general introduction to postgraduate research, its methodologies and organization. It is designed to support postgraduate students in developing their research proposal and to guide students through a range of issues and considerations which should inform their general approach to research. Students will learn a range of research tools, and will be equipped to plan and organize their research, as well as to communicate their findings.


UHAP 6013 Seminar on Global Development, Economic and Social Issues (Local students only)
Discussion on this subject includes issues related to globalization and development, economic and social crisis that has become a global concern. It aims in developing skills in understanding and analyzing global issues and recommending relevant solutions. Issues will be discussed in details.

UHAZ 6123 Malaysian Society and Culture (International Students – Non Malay Race)
This course is designed for international postgraduates from countries of non-Malay origins. Students will be exposed to various aspects of the Malaysian culture such as  belief system, religious festivals, customs and etiquettes of different ethnic groups in Malaysia. Emphasis will be given to the Malay culture as it makes the core for the Dasar Kebudayaan Kebangsaan. Students will also be briefly introduced to basics of Malay language as the national language of Malaysia.

ULAM 6323 Malay Language for Postgraduates (International Students – Malay Race)
This course is designed for international Master and Doctor of Philosophy students from countries of Malay origins such as Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore and South Thailand. Students will be exposed to scientific paper writing. In this course, students are given an overview of scientific writing. They are also taught about the scientific paper writing method, particularly academic writing style. Furthermore, students are also taught about writing formats such as collections, bibliographies and editing to fit the format described academic writing UTM.

Master’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or a related discipline from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia or any other institutions of higher learning recognized by the UTM Senate.

International Student English Requirements
Upon being accepted into the program, all international candidates are required to produce their English Qualification in the form of IELTS (min 6.0) or TOEFL (min 550).

All international students applying to UTM must have a valid two-year old TOEFL or IELTS certificate.

For exempted from the UTM English language requirement, click here.