What is a Doctorate in Computer Science?

A PhD in computer science builds on your prior knowledge, experience and education in the computer science field. While bachelor degree programs usually take 3 years of coursework and independent study, a doctorate program includes a minimal number preparatory coursework classes, with the emphasis being upon supervised research towards completion of a dissertation addressing a gap in knowledge. 

A PhD program enables students to enter highly specialized computer science fields and to teach at tertiary level. As such, you will need a desire to learn more about a specific area in the computer science field. 


Why study Doctor of Philosophy (Computer Science) at UOW Malaysia?

This program 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 program provides you the opportunity to explore in-depth knowledge within Computer Science with various computing algorithms, models, programming as well as mathematic computational framework.


University Award:

Program information

You will not only be supervised by active and experienced supervisors in UOW Malaysia 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.


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 UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College.


Join a global education program with UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College. As one of the top institutions of higher education in the country, we are proud to offer you an opportunity to join us. Our Master in computer science course in Penang, Malaysia is recognized to be one of the best in-field. Our state-of-the-art facilities and experienced lecturers mean that you will be able to equip yourselves with the latest skillset and knowledge in the IT field. Enhance yourselves with our global affiliations which allow you to progress in interdisciplinary research.

3-6 years (Full-time) / 4-8 years (Part-time)
Program Location
UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College, George Town


  • Students will systematically structure and develop their research by developing a research proposal, which would guide the student through the entire research process.
  • To enhance the rigor of the research proposal, the students will also need to complete a semester of Research Methods and one other subject (Qualitative\ Quantitative methods) in addition to participating in periodic research seminars and workshops.



  • A presentation session chaired by UOW Malaysia with invited panel of examiners to ensure the candidate is able to articulate their research ideas and plans, as well as having the necessary skills to carry out research activities as proposed.



  • Upon completion of their research, students will document the research project and process in a thesis. Typically, thesis for PhD should not be more than 80,000 words.



  • Upon completion of research and thesis, candidate will undergo an oral presentation, chaired by experts in the field.



  • Upon the approval of the research proposal, under the guidance of their supervisors, student will work independently on their research projects.


Areas of Research
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data
  • Machine Learning/Deep Learning
  • Data Visualization
  • Image Processing
  • Industry 4.0

Intake dates


12 January 17 May 6 September
Estimated fees
Local students

RM41,470 (Full-Time)
RM51,910 (Part-Time)

International students

RM54,440 (Full-Time)



*Terms and Conditions Apply
*Instalment Payment Plan Available

Academic Qualification

Master’s Degree:
Completion in Master’s Degree or equivalent in a related field

English Requirement

Local Student :
Band 5 in MUET


International Student :
Band 6.0 in IELTS; or a min score of 60 (IBT) or 488 (PBT) in TOEFL; or Cambridge English (169); or PTE Academic (59)


If English language requirements are not fulfilled, additional English module(s) may be taken at UOW Malaysia.