Doctor of Philosophy (Computing)


About The Programme

Candidates of the Doctor of Philosophy in Computing at Sunway University will be leaders and innovators in the fields of computing, information and communications technology. This research-driven programme aims to further develop your research skills in one of a number of crucial areas of computing. Working closely with your supervisors, you will be exposed to the many aspects of research activity including critical analysis of literature, identifying areas of contribution, compiling information and communicating ideas through journal publications and conference presentations.



January, March, June & August



3 Years (full-time)
4 Years (part-time)


Career Prospects

Doctoral graduates are highly trained specialists in their fields. You may enter careers in academia, research, consulting as well as undertake specialist roles, for example development in advanced computing technology companies.

Programme Structure

Candidates are required to take three modules namely Research Methodology, Directed Readings and Research Proposal to enhance their knowledge in research, in addition to the Thesis component.

The PhD is awarded based on the successful completion of a thesis. The thesis should demonstrate proficiency, criticality and mastery in the subject or chosen area of research.

Our academics have expertise in the following research areas:
  • Affective Computing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data
  • Biometrics
  • Business Intelligence Computing
  • Cognitive Radio
  • Computer Networking
  • Computer Vision
  • Cultural Aspects of IT
  • Data & Information Science
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Mining & Knowledge Discovery
  • Haptic
  • IT Outsourcing & Strategy
  • Image Processing
  • Information Systems Management
  • Knowledge Engineering & Management
  • Mobile Computing
  • Multimedia Communications
  • Multimodal Sensing
  • Security
  • Social Computing
  • Tele-robotics
  • Touch Engineering
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Virtual Reality
  • Wireless Networking

Entry Requirement

A Master’s Degree or equivalent and candidates must have completed at least one (1) of their earlier degrees (Masters's or Bachelor's  ) in Computing or related to computing.
Any other qualifications will be considered based on a case-by-case basis.


English Language Requirements:

  • TOEFL 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), 80 (internet-based)
  • IELTS 6.0;
  • PTE Academic 50 overall (minimum 46 in each skill)
  • Cambridge English (First) 75+;
  • Cambridge English (Advanced) Minimum 67



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