Research (Doctor of Philosophy)

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  • The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) programme is designed to produce skilled graduates with in-depth knowledge in their related area of research to work independently, competently, creatively, innovatively and professionally. Simultaneously these graduates are able to use their new specialized capabilities to contribute to the body of knowledge for the benefit of mankind.

    The learning outcomes of this programme are as follows:
    • Apply in-depth knowledge, advanced theories and models related to the relevant research areas.
    • Possess the ability to comprehend the problems, design and execute the research at the highest level of scholarship.
    • Synthesise advanced multidisciplinary knowledge to improve the skills in decision-making and problem solving as well as having to ability to be creative and innovative.
    • Communicate with experts and peers in related areas to spearhead advanced knowledge through research.
    • Possess high values and ethics, excellent attitude and leadership capabilities in academic and professional contexts.
    • Contribute to the development of knowledge through the production of quality dissertation and publications of international standards.
  • The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programme is offered by full research. However, students without sufficient research skills and knowledge are required to enroll and pass the following courses during the first two (2) semesters of their enrolment (i.e. before being allowed to defend their thesis proposal):
    a) SZRZ6014 Research Methodology
    b) SCLE6014 Academic Writing
    c) Any other course as determined by the supervisor or Academic Committee.

    To complete the Ph.D. programme, students are required to:
    1. Present and defend the proposed research/thesis to a committee;
    2. Present progress reports of research work at colloquiums arranged by the Graduate School or College;
    3. Produce at least two (2) articles, in (Option A or Option B).
    4. Attend a viva session to defend the thesis; and
    5.  Submit a final thesis
    Option A

    • at least one (1) article is accepted for publication in ISI Journal or Scopus; and
    • at least one (1) article is under review for publication in a refereed journal.
    Option B
    • Two (2) articles are published in a refereed journal



    Multimedia Studies

    Creative Digital Content
    Multimedia Design
    Edutainment & E-Learning
    Courseware Development
    Multimedia Production
    Creative Programming
    Mobile Content Development
    Digital Storytelling
    Human-Computer Interaction
    Game Design & Development
    Animation Design & Development
    Digital Content Entrepreneurship
    Ethics in Content Development
    Virtual & Augmented Reality
    Multimedia in Teaching and Learning
    Multimedia for Special Needs

    Media Management

    Film & Screen Studies
    New Media
    Media & Politics
    Media & Islam
    Media & Psychology
    Media & Gender


    Managerial Communication
    Organizational Communication
    Corporate Communication
    Public Relations
    Organizational Studies
    Communication for Social Change
    International Communication
    Intercultural Communication
    Human Communication
    Health Communication
    Political Communication

    Performing Arts and Creative Industry Management

    -Film and TV Creative Writing
    - Animation and Digital Content
    - Virtual Reality                       
    - Augmented Reality                                  - E-Museum

    - Visual Arts
    - Performing Arts                   
    - Artist Management

    - Event Management

    Computer Science

    Genetic Algorithm
    Human Computer Interaction
    Intelligent System
    Mobile Applications
    Network Performance, Network Security, Computer Forensics, Cloud Computing, Mobile AdHoc Networks, IPv6
    Requirement Engineering
    Simulation and Modeling
    Software Engineering Process
    Software Requirement Engineering, Software Architecture, Software Design & Development, Software Quality, Database Design
    Web Engineering

    Information Technology

    Business Intelligence, Data Mining, Big Data, Forecasting, Decision Analysis, Knowledge Management, E-Business, E-Commerce, E-Health, Technopreneurship
    Database Technology
    Information Management
    Information System, Intelligent Applications, E-Health Business Performance Management
    IT Policy, IT Strategic Planning, IT & Social Impact, Information Technology Transfer (Innovation, Adoption, Acceptance)
    Knowledge Management
    Management Information System

    Applied Linguistics

    Applied Linguistics, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Second Language Acquisition (SLA), English for Specific Purposes (ESP), Corpus Linguistics, Genre Analysis, Corpus-based Linguistics Studies, Adult Learning (Andragogy), Open Distance Learning  (ODL), Vocabulary Assessment, Vocabulary Testing, Communication Studies, Hospitality Language,  Discourse Analysis, Phonetics and Phonology, L2 Speech Learning, Pronunciation Teaching and Learning, Psycholinguistics, English Language Teaching and Learning, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, Second Language Reading, English Literature, Children's Literature, English for Academic and Professional Purposes, ESL Writing, Modern English Linguistics, Morphology and Syntax, Discourse-based Grammar Pragmatics, History and English Literature, Specialized Vocabulary Acqusition, Material Developments  

    Contemporary Malay Language Studies

    Pendidikan Bahasa, Bahasa Melayu, Kesusateraan Melayu, Semantik & Pragmatik, Bahasa & Budaya Melayu, Kesantunan & Ketidaksantunan Berbahasa Melayu, Linguistik Kognitif, Linguistik Korpus dan Budaya Melayu, Variasi Bahasa, Sosiolinguistik, Dialektologi Bandar, Bahasa dan Identiti, Penulisan Kreatif, Pengajaran Bahasa dan Linguistik Melayu, Sastera Moden, Sastera Kanak-kanak dan Remaja, Sastera Wanita, Sastera Melayu Tradisional dan Moden, Bahasa dan Komunikasi, Analisis Wacana Kritis, Linguistik Melayu, Pengajian Melayu, Terjemahan Sastera, Sejarah Terjemahan, Kajian Gender, Sastera Popular, Stilistik dan Analisis Wacana, Tatabahasa Bahasa Melayu, Penerbitan Buku, Semiotik, Pemerolehan Bahasa, Psikolinguistik, Bahasa dalam Masyarakat, Bahasa dan ICT, Sosiobudaya dan Pemikiran Melayu, Linguistik, Penterjemahan Audiovisual, Linguistik Sejarawi


    Sejarah Diplomatik, Sejarah Malaysia, Sejarah Kontemporari, Sejarah Sosial, Kerakyatan / Kewarganegaraan Malaysia, Kepimpinan dan Polisi, Kenegaraan Malaysia, Sejarah Hubungan Etnik di Malaysia, Sejarah Pendidkan Malaysia, Antropologi, Sosiobudaya, Ketamadunan, Sejarah Antarabangsa, Konseversi Warisan Darurat, Sejarah Islam/Eropah, Sejarah Malaysia dan Ekonomi, Sejarah Pengajian Melayu, Sistem Kepenjaraan Malaysia, Keselamatan Etnik

    Islamic Studies

    Islamic Law, Kehakiman dan Pengurusan Fatwa, Usuluddin, Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Heritage, Tamadun dan Pemikiran Islam, Pendidikan Islam, Pengurusan Islam, Falsafah dan Bahasa, Psikologi Agama, Keusahawanan Islam, Pembangunan dan Pengurusan Islam, Dakwah Al-Quran dan Al-Hadith, Undang-Undang Keluarga Islam, Penyelesaian Pertikaian Alternatif, Undang-Undang Pentadbiran Harta Pusaka, Fatwa dan Pengurusan Sosiologi Hukum Usul Fiqh, Usul Fiqh, Fiqh Perbandingan, Aqidah, Pemikiran Islam, Peradaban Islam, Dakwah dan Modal Insan, Kepimpinan Islam, Strategi Dakwah, Akidah dan Pemikiran Islam, Sejarah Pemikiran Islam, Tamadun Islam di Asia Tenggara, Islamic Thought, Philosophy and Comparative Religion


    English Language Teaching                 Educational Psychology                                      Instructional Technology                       Curriculum & Instruction                         Islamic Education           
    Values and Moral Education       Educational Management                                       Pricipalship

    Decision Science

    - Big data and business analytics
    - Big data and operational decision making
    - Business value of IT
    - Decision Theory
    - Heuristics and Metaheuristics
    - Markov Chain
    - Quality management
    - Simulation and Modelling
    - Supply chain management
    - System Dynamics Optimization
    - multi-criteria decision making - resouce allocation optimization problem - production/manpower scheduling - etc


    -Numerical Analysis
    -Applied and Computational Mathematics
    -Differential Equations
    -Fluid Dynamics
    -Dynamical system
    -Graph Theory
    -Mathematical Modeling
    -Fuzzy Mathematics
    -Financial Mathematics
    -System Dynamics


    -Multivariate Analysis
    -Robust Statistics
    -Statistical Quality Control
    -Survival Analysis
    -Statistical Modeling
    -Fuzzy Time Series
    -Crime Analysis
    -Spatial Analysis
    -Network Analysis
    -Multivariate Quality Control
    -Clustering Analysis
    -Statistical Computing
    -Quality System

    Social Work

    Social Work



    Social Studies

    Social Studies



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