Doctor of Philosophy (Computer Science) |

Doctor of Philosophy (Computer Science)

N/481/8/0787 08/25 (PA9618)

Course Overview
  • This programme provides you opportunity to enhance your existing knowledge of computer programming and mathematical frameworks through independent research. 
  • You will develop your research skills through two taught modules, i.e. Research Methodology and Algorithm Design & Analysis.
  • This flexible programme provides you the chance to work closely with your supervisors, academic experts, industrial practitioners, and government agencies locally and internationally in the following areas:
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Visualisation
  • Big Data
  • Machine Learning
  • Image Processing
  • IOT / Industry 4.0
  • Deep Learning
Global supervision team
You will not only be supervised by active and experienced supervisors in KDU but also gain access to and guidance from potential co-supervision by researchers from our UK partner university. Interaction with supervisors from different disciplines will enhance your learning opportunities, and allow you to progress in diverse and interdisciplinary research.
Excellence Research Culture
We are committed to providing extensive training and support to all postgraduate students. You will learn Research Methodology and Algorithm Design & Analysis as core modules. Students will also receive training sessions including inventive problem solving approach, project management, scholarship and research funding application, English writing skills, communication skills, and information research and retrieval techniques. Series of research seminars, workshops and talks will be available to enhance and stimulate  research culture in KDU Penang.
Program Structure
3 - 6 years (FT)
4 - 8 years (PT)
KDU Penang University College
Mode of Delivery/Teaching & Learning Methods
Lecture, Supervision
Programme Structure (Full time / Part time)
Research MethodsCore4
Algorithm Design & AnalysisCore4
Entry Requirement
  • Master’s Degree
Master’s Degree or equivalent and candidates must have completed at least one (1) of their earlier Degree (Master’s or Bachelor’s) in Computing or related to Computing.
English Proficiency Requirement
  • Local Students
  • MUET Band 2; or
  • IELTS Band 5; or
  • TOEFL CBT (180) / IBT (57); or
  • Recognized degree (conducted in English); or
  • KDU English Entrance Test 67
  • International Students
  • IELTS Band 6; or
  • TOEFL PBT (488) / IBT (58); or
  • Cambridge English CAE (169); or
  • Cambridge English CPE (180); or
  • PTE Academic 54; or
  • MUET Band 5
Fees & Intakes
  • 2 Jan & 1 July
  • RM29,300 (FT - Local)
  • RM33,100 (PT - Local)
  • RM35,550 (FT - International)

Talk to us about our easily accessible discounts and scholarships. Most students are successful in securing a significant reduction in their tuition fees, with KDU Penang in 2018 issuing more than RM7 million in scholarships! More information on our scholarships is available here.

Finance should not be a barrier to enrolling in this programme.