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Postgraduate Studies

The School of Postgraduate Studies at APU is an established school for postgraduate education.

The school has a strong presence in the industry and is an obvious choice among professionals seeking to enhance their career and lifelong learning opportunities from Masters to PHD. The school offers a variety of specialised programmes. Our programmes are very much industry driven and relevant ensuring that our graduates are global citizens and industry ready. Alumni of the school have progressed into a number of significant careers in leading multinational technology based companies.

The aims of the Masters Degree Programmes are to provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Progress naturally from a degree or equivalent qualification
  • Improve your employability opportunities and career development prospects through employable skills
  • Improve skills and knowledge in the context of your current work environment
  • Develop independent learning and working skills to improve prospects within your current work environment or outside
  • Develop higher cognitive skills such as analysis, synthesis & evaluation
  • Upgrade your communication and technical skills
  • Further develop knowledge and skills within your chosen field of study
  • Identify, review and critically evaluate relevant sources of information, theories and concepts appropriate to your subject area
In line with APU’s vision, the school aims to enhance lifelong learning opportunities by being a leading provider of high quality and innovative postgraduate education in computing, business and technology. The school also aims to be a contributor to research at the national and international level. This is emphasised by our mission to provide high quality and internationally recognised and benchmarked postgraduate education and to be recognised for innovative facilitation of graduate study and educational activities.



Full time (12-14 months)

Part time (2-5 years)

Dual Degree Award:

APU, Malaysia &
Staffordshire University, UK

Course Fees:

Malaysian Students - RM 29,500 + £ 250

International Students - RM 36,800 (USD 9,200) + £ 250

Programme Structure

The APU & SU Dual Masters programme offers students a unique opportunity to achieve a Masters degree which will be ideally placed to assist them in their career development or as a stepping stone into further postgraduate research and into academia. The programmes offered on the APU & SU Dual Masters programme, allows students to choose their preferred route at the Masters stage of their studies in semester 3.

Option 1: Dissertation Route
This route is suitable for students who wish to extend their research capabilities in the fulfilment of their ambition to progress in to academia. The dissertation forms one third of the Masters degree ensuring that students are able to demonstrate the skills required for further study or for academia.

Option 2: Project Paper/Case Study Route
In this route students are able to combine current work experience and knowledge to develop a smaller work based project or case study(equivalent to 2 modules), in addition students will be required to study 3 additional modules. This route will enable students to showcase their ability to perform detailed research and reviews within the working environment, skills which may then assist in promotion at work. The structure of the Masters Programme is as follows:

APU Dual Masters Awards

Masters Foundation Programme
The Masters Foundation Programme aims to enable students to acclimatise to the Masters nature of their studies. This is to ensure that students are equipped with a new set of learning strategies and skills required to better handle the Postgraduate Programme.

The Masters Foundation Programme offers the following modules:

  • Continuing Professional Development
    The objective of this module is to expose the students to the importance of discussing and working in groups, collaboration, managing cultural differences and develop analytical skills (reading, reflecting, critical thinking)
  • Study Skills
    The objective of this module is to expose the students to academic writing, referencing, presentation and exam answering techniques
  • Research Methods 
    The objective of this module is to guide the students on how to generate research ideas, evaluate and summarise academic references, search for appropriate academic references and distinguish between scholarly and non-scholarly references

The modules on the Masters Foundation Programme is delivered over a period of 4 weeks with a total of 36 hours (each module consisting of 12 hours) as follows:

  • Weeks 1 to 4 
    1 x 1 hour lecture + 1 x 2 hours supervised other activity depending on the module
    (eg laboratory work, presentations, projects case studies, discussions etc)



Full time:

Entry by Full Research Masters (2-5 years)

Entry by Taught Masters (3-6 years)


APU, Malaysia

Course Fees:

RM 45,000 (USD 11,250)

Part time:

Entry by Full Research Masters (3-6 years)

Entry by Taught Masters (4-7 years)


Why Our APU PhD By Research Programme?

  • You will be assigned to a group of highly qualified supervisors.
  • Wide range of latest research areas in the fields of computing and business administration areas.
  • We have our regular research workshops, colloquium and seminars facilitated by local and international academicians and professionals.
  • Our Student Support Centre is comprehensive - reach our Counsellors, Deans, Lecturers and other supporting staff at anytime.
  • Resourceful online databases.

Duration for PhD

Entry by Full Research Masters or Masters with minimum 30% research component with a formal taught research module.

Study ModeNormal Minimum PeriodNormal Maximum Period
Full Time2 years5 years
Part Time3 years6 years

Entry by Taught Masters

Study ModeNormal Minimum PeriodNormal Maximum Period
Full Time3 years6 years
Part Time4 years7 years

Students with no prior Research Methods or Dissertation at Masters level are to enroll in Personal Development and Research Methods (PDRM - Masters module)

Full time:

  • Entry by Full Research Masters (2-5 years)
  • Entry by Taught Masters (3-6 years)

Part time:

  • Entry by Full Research Masters (3-6 years)
  • Entry by Taught Masters (4-7 years)

  • Supervisory sessions consist of 4 elements as appropriate to the candidate's background:
  1. Research Methods
  2. Literature Review
  3. Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis
  4. Design on Research Proposal
  • Students with entry qualifications of a mixed mode Masters programme with minimum 30% research component and a pass in a research module will be required to undergo supervsiroy sessions 3 and 4.
  • Students with entry qualifications of a full research Masters will be required to undergo supervisory session 4.

PhD Areas Investigated

To aid candidates in the transition to independent research and help them acquire certain basic skills, they will be guided in the investigation of certain research related topics during their first year of study as directed by their supervisors and the research directorate.

Research Methods
Investigation of this area will help candidates to conduct academic research. This provides the essential and fundamental skills including the development of research proposal, literature review, the appropriate citation, the distinctions between the various types of approach to research and research methodologies to obtain the required findings.

Literature Review
This module will help to ensure candidates are aware of where to get academic sources from, and to prepare a critical review of the literature in relation to the research domain that they are embarking on. Presentation of the main concepts and threads, ideas, and how they are interrelated with one another and the research module will also be considered.

Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis
Study of this module are designed to support candidates in identifying the most appropriate methods to obtain their respective data whether from primary sources (questionnaire, observation survey, interviews and others) or by employing advanced statistical methods using secondary data from authoritative sources (the central banks, statistical department, government agencies and other authoritative sources).

Candidates will also be exposed to alternative methods of data analysis such as non-parametric statistical procedures and parametric statistical methods to ensure that they use the most appropriate approach in their research.

Design of Research Proposal
Writing a full research proposal can be a daunting task. Here, candidates will be guided in the development of their PhD proposal to ensure that the research aims and objectives are feasible and appropriate to ensure that the thesis is delivered within the appropriate timeframe, by developing a suitable research framework.

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