Doctor of Philosophy Science








Programme Structure


IS Research Topic Seminar And Discourse

Code: PCSM 1523


The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with some of the research and literature in the Information Systems field. During the first part of the course, students will be introduced to a number of different topics in the literature. Student is then expected to choose a particular topic of interest and come to grips with the following key questions: What is the state of knowledge represented in the literature in this area? What are the strengths and limitations in the body of literature? What are the opportunities for research in this area? How does this area of research relate to other areas of research previously covered? Through this process, students will learn to read critically; pay careful attention to issues of research methodology as well as content; make clear, concise and interesting research presentations; and develop your abilities to interpret and integrate different bodies of literature within the IS field. This course is intended to introduce the core IS research topics while academic discourse is intended to deepen understanding of a broader set of the IS literature.

Is Research Methodology Fundamentals

Code: PCSM 1533


The course covers three main research methodology fundamental components – paradigm in IS research, research methods and IS theories. IS research paradigm deal with the principal philosophy of science and epistemology. It concerns on the status of knowledge claims and the forms by which valid knowledge claims can be made. Fundamental research methods are introduced in a conceptual manner. IS theories expose the socio-philosophical foundations of information and information systems. It introduces students to the key theoretical principles underlying information systems and applies them to practical issues of information systems.

Is Research Methodology Practice

Code: PCSM 1534


The course covers the hands-on skills from three different perspective of IS research methods – quantitative method, qualitative method and mixed-method. At the end of this course, it is expected that students will be well versed and able to grasp the essence of what IS research methods are, how to proceed by identifying and employing research activities, how to measure progress and integrating results with the research problems confronted.



Choose 1 Course Only (3 Credit)

Seminar on Global Development, Economics and Social Issues

Code: UHAP 6013


This course studies the issues related to 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.

Philosophy of Science and Civilisation

Code: UICW 6023

Malaysian Society and Culture

Code: UHAZ 6123

Malay Language for Academic Writing

Code: ULAM 6013

IT Project Management

Code: UCSM 1263











Entry Requirements

CGPA >= 3.0 for the Masters in Computer Science/Information Technology/Comp. Engineering from UTM or any other Institution of Higher Learning recognized by the University senate; OR

 CGPA >= 3.0 for the Masters in Management/Business in related Information Technology fields from UTM or any other Institution of Higher Learning recognized by the University senate; OR

 CGPA < 3.0 for the Masters in Computer Science/Information Technology/Comp. Engineering/ Management in related IT fields/Business in related IT fields WITH several years of working experience in Information Technology and recognized by University Senate.

Application Procedure
  1. Application must be made online at
  2. The following documents must be uploaded into the online application portal:

• Certified copy of Bachelor Degree

• Certified copy of Diploma (if any)

• Certified copy of Academic Transcript(s)

• Certified copy of English Certified of IELTS/TOEFL with band score of 6.0/550 (for international candidates only)

• Passport-sized Photograph

• Copy of Passport (for international applicants)

• Two Referee Letter (Not compulsory)

• Financial Guarantee / Bank Account Statement (for self-sponsored candidate)

• Two copies of Scholarship Letter (If any)

• Proof of processing fee being paid

3.Only completed application will be processed


“The programme of PhD IS at UTM is based on group learning and group discussion – you learn from every person, not just from the lecturers and books. All of the IS taught courses are not just theoretical but more practical and the subjects are really updated. The University staff are very friendly and you can approach them directly – they’re always there to help. I had so many opportunities there – I worked on a national survey within a team; a grant from the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. I was also a freelance tutor and conducted several workshops in IS discipline. All of these experiences furthered my academic interests and helped me create my path for the future”

Dr Amin Saedi

Lecturer, Universiti Teknologi Petronas Malaysia

   For more information about the admission process,

   Contact ;

Name  Datin Huzaimah Yahya
Ext no   03- 2180 5018

   To know more about the programme ,

   Contact ;

Name : Dr. Mahadi Bahari
Email  :
Ext no : 607-553 2403
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