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Doctor of Philosophy Programmes

Full time  (3 years)
Part time (4 years)

APU, Malaysia

Course Fees:
Malaysian: RM 46,800
International: RM 46,800 (USD 10,635)

APU offers the following Doctor of Philosophy programmes, which are as follows:


Open & Distance Learning (ODL)

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.
  • Comprehensive Student Support Services.
  • Resourceful online databases.

Programme Structure/Process Flow:

Application Process
Ideally, student works with potential supervisors to develop proposal.

Duration for PhD:

The minimum and maximum duration of the PhD programme are as follows:

Study ModeNormal Minimum Period*Normal Maximum Period**
Full Time3 years5 years
Part Time4 years6 years

*Completion of studies is subject to approval from the Senate
**Candidates with Extenuating Circumstances may apply for approval to extend the duration of study

Students are required to enrol in the Research Methods module to fill the gaps in research skills.


• A Masters degree in a related field accepted by the APU Senate

• Other qualifications equivalent to a Masters degree that are accepted by the APU Senate

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

• Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) or its equivalent accepted by APU Senate
• Work Experience

> Applicants must have recent and relevant study or practice in business or management

> Submission of Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume will be required. An interview session will be conducted with all prospective

Note: The above entry requirements may differ for specific programmes based on the latest programme standards published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).


PhD in Computing
PhD in Technology
Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering

PhD in Management / Doctor of Philosophy in Management
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
PhD in Finance

• IELTS : 5.0
• IELTS : 5.0
• IELTS : 5.0
• IELTS : 6.0
• IELTS : 6.0

• IELTS : 6.5

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PHD Open & Distance Learning

  • The ODL (Open & Distance Learning) PhD programmes are designed to address the theoretical, practical and scientific skills and contribute towards new and meaningful knowledge in their field of expertise.
  • ODL allows students to learn anytime, anywhere at their own pace - this power of freedom has ignited more interest & excitement in learning.
  • Students will reinforce their independent learning skills, as well as demonstrate their ability to produce a professional document.
  • The supervision and monitoring will be conducted via Microsoft Teams and Moodle.
  • There is an option to undertake additional research workshops organised jointly by Graduate School of Technology and Graduate School of Business.
  • Students must participate in online research seminars/colloquiums/conferences.
  • For PhD in Computing/ Technology, students are required to publish 1 journal article (indexed) as a requirement for the PhD award.
  • Assessment of the fundamental knowledge is carried out through assessment of the students’ performance based on oral and written assessment. The final assessment is the viva voce and the dissertation.
  • Open Distance Learning (ODL) PhD students at APU will need to take the Research Methods Modules and subsequently produce the Dissertation.


Academic Research

For our staff, learning is a continuous journey where we keep abreast with the latest knowledge in a variety of fields. Our academic staff publish papers and present them at conferences worldwide. Some of the areas of research include:

  • Embedded Systems & RFID
  • Biometrics
  • Games Engines
  • 3D Graphics and Virtual Reality
  • Security
  • New Media Technologies
  • Knowledge Management
  • Mobile Learning
  • Wireless Networks and Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Adding Facial Expressions to Talking Head Models
  • Marketing Professional Services
  • Two and Three Dimension Audio-Visual Speech Synthesis
  • Handwritten Signature Verification Using a Single Master Signature
  • Customer Care
  • E-Learning
  • Entrepreneurial Business
  • Various Aspects of Accounting
  • International Marketing
  • Generation of Business Ideas
  • Organisational Culture Change
  • Strategic Diversification Evaluation
  • Cloud Computing
  • Security and Forensics
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Malware Analysis
  • Big Data

You may also refer to the list of PhD Titles available at our PhD Title Bank, in which you will be guided and mentored by our senior academicians in completing your PhD Research Paper.