PhD (ICT) (R/481/8/0583) (A9886) (07/19)

The Doctor of Philosophy in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) (by research) is specially designed for those who want to design and build hardware and software systems for a wide range of purposes; process, structure, and manage various kinds of information; conduct scientific studies using computers; create computer systems to behave intelligently; create and use communications and entertainment media; source and gather information relevant to any particular purpose. The Graduates of PhD (ICT) programme shall be able to demonstrate critical understanding of the most advanced knowledge in ICT, which is at the frontier of a field of study or professional practice. Graduates with the PhD (ICT) of AeU will be poised for upper-level position whether in organisations, consulting or academia. They are expected to contribute towards improvement in the organisations, place of employment or the nation.



  • Internationally benched marked, approved by Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education and accredited by Malaysian Qualifications Agency.
  • No proposal is needed at the point of entry.
  • Supported with research workshops, research colloquia and research clinics.
  • Transfer of candidature is possible.
  • Access to the physical and digital library comprising of around 190,000 e-books, 95,000 e-journals and 2.4 million e-thesis titles accessible anywhere anytime.


Malaysian & International Students:

  • Possess a recognised Master's degree in the relevant field
  • Other qualifications recognised by the AeU Senate

Additional Information:

  • A Statement of research intent, describing what you have already done and what you hope to accomplish in your doctoral research. This is your preliminary research intent or research proposal. You may be required to attend an interview in some cases.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or resume

English Language Competency Requirements (for International Students):

  • For international students studying on campus in Malaysia, they must attain English Language competency equivalent to IELTS (6.0) / TOEFL (550) / CAE / CPE / PTE / MUET that complies with the programme standards set by the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA). Those who have their tertiary education in English shall normally be exempted from the requirement.


Modes of Study Full Time
Blended Learning
Duration 3-4 years
No. of Semesters 12 (1 semester is 3 mths)
Frequency of Research Workshops / Colloquia (Optional) Once a month – Saturday & Sunday
Supervisor Provided by AeU
Audit Subjects (Optional)
  • Research Methodology
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Qualitative Data Research
MQA Accreditation A 9886
Programme code (R/481/8/0583) (A9886) (07/19)
EPF Claimable YES


  • Provide the opportunity for students to engage in academic research that will provide them skills in problem solving, systematic analysis, communication and collaboration
  • Increase the knowledge of students in the chosen research area and demonstrate competency in conducting independent and original academic research.
  • Enhance students ability in the exploration of new knowledge of the ever changing ICT fields.
  • Enable the development of ICT knowledge in Asia and to contribute in the development of an innovative ICT solution for the world.



Stage 1 Proposal Development
Stage 2 Data Collection
Stage 3 Report Writing
Stage 4 Thesis Examination/Viva Voce


Computer Science

Computer examples:

  • Programming
  • System Analysis
  • System Design
  • Informatics
  • Network Administration
  • Operating Systems
  • Programming Languages (Visual Basic, C++, etc)
  • Software Localisation
  • Software Testing

Computer Use

Software examples:

  • Computer Use
  • Internet Use Programmes
  • Calculating (Spreadsheets)
  • Data Processing
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Word Processing

Audit Subjects

  • Research Methodology
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Qualitative Data Analysis


For Malaysian and International students:

  • 10% discount on tuition fee available through student loyalty scheme

For Malaysian students only:

  • 50% discount on tuition fee for senior citizens who are 55 years of age & above
  • 75% discount on tuition fee for the disabled
  • EPF withdrawal assistance
  • RM6,000 personal income tax relief

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