Postgraduate Programmes

Master by Research Programme

Research programme refers to graduate programme that is wholly research based. The student is assigned to an experienced member of the academic staff as supervisor or to a supervisory panel. A panel is made up of graduate staff and experts from either within or outside the University.

The academic progress of a research student is evaluated two times a year through progress reports. The degree is examined through the presentation of a thesis and a viva voce examination. A student who has satisfied the Graduate Studies Committee in all aspects of their work is eligible for the award of the degree.

Entry Requirements (As Approved By Senate Nos. 02/2014 -13
  • A Bachelor degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.75 or equivalent, as accepted by the Senate; or
  • A Bachelor degree or equivalent with at least CGPA of 2.50 and did not achieve CGPA of 2.75, may be admitted depends on rigorous internal evaluation, or
  • A Bachelor degree or equivalent but with CGPA less than 2.50, may be admitted subject to a minimum of 5 years working experience in the relevant field.
  • Other equivalent qualifications approved by the Senate.
  • For international students, a minimum IELTS Score of 5.5 or its equivalent ( eg. TOEFL-525; TOEFL Computer Test-196; TOEFL Internet Test 69-70 ) is required.
Duration of Study

The normal duration of study for a Master's degree (by research) is (2 - 4) years full-time or (3 - 6) years part-time.

Programme Educational Objectives (PEO)
  • PEO 1: Specialists have advanced knowledge, research, skills and competencies based on scientific and systematic inquiry.
  • PEO 2: Specialists have communication and leadership skills, and attitudes, ethics, sense of professionalism for societal advancement.
  • PEO 3: Specialists can use analytical and creative problem-solving skills to evaluate and make decisions based on research evidence and/or experience.
  • PEO 4: Specialists pursue the quest for knowledge through lifelong learning in line with the changes in the field of social informatics and technological innovations.
  • PEO 5: Specialists produce research outcomes that are relevant to the national and international development, and disseminate research through publications and/or products.
Programme Learning Outcome (PLO)
  • PLO 1: Integrate advanced knowledge related to research issues in social informatics.
  • PLO 2: Recommend innovative solutions that are at the forefront of developments in the fields of study.
  • PLO 3: Construct social informatics solutions and tools in terms of their usability, efficiency and effectiveness.
  • PLO 4: Demonstrate effective interaction within a group and with a diverse audience through project discussions and participation in discourses related to the field of study.
  • PLO 5: Exhibit effective communication within a group and with a diverse audience by publishing and presenting technical materials in the field of study.
  • PLO 6: Utilise digital skills to acquire, interpret and extend knowledge in social informatics.
  • PLO 7: Apply numerical skills to acquire, interpret and extend knowledge in social informatics.
  • PLO 8: Demonstrate leadership, teamwork, autonomy and responsibility in delivering services related to the field of study.
  • PLO 9: Exhibit capabilities to extend relevant knowledge through lifelong learning.
  • PLO 10: Exhibit capabilities of having an entrepreneurial mindset to the related field of study.
  • PLO 11: Uphold professional and ethical practices in conducting research and delivering services related to the field of study.

PhD by Research Programme

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is a research degree by thesis under the supervision of an experienced member of academic staff or a supervisory panel.A panel is made up of graduate staff and experts from either within or outside the University. The minimum duration of studies is 3 - 6 years full-time and 4 - 8 years part-time.

The academic progress of a research student is evaluated twice a year through the progress reports. Final assessment is through thesis and a viva-voce examination.

A student who has satisfied the Examination Committee for Postgraduate Studies in all aspects of their work is eligible for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Eligibility
  • A Master Degree with good pass from an approved university in an area relevant to the candidate's proposed area of research.
  • Other equivalent qualifications approved by the Senate.
  • For international students, a minimum IELTS Score of 5.5 or its equivalent (e.g TOEFL-525; TOEFL Computer Test-196; TOEFL Internet Test 69-70) is required.
Duration of Study

For a PhD, the normal duration is (3 - 6) years full-time and (4 - 8) years part-time.

Programme Educational Objectives (PEO)
  • PEO 1: Specialists have advanced knowledge, research, skills and competencies based on scientific and systematic inquiry.
  • PEO 2: Specialists have communication and leadership skills, and attitudes, ethics, sense of professionalism for societal advancement.
  • PEO 3: Specialists can use analytical and creative problem-solving skills to evaluate and make decisions based on research evidence and/or experience.
  • PEO 4: Specialists pursue the quest for knowledge through lifelong learning in line with the changes in the field of social informatics and technological innovations.
  • PEO 5: Specialists produce research outcomes that are relevant to the national and international development, and disseminate research through publications and/or products.
Programme Learning Outcome (PLO)
  • PLO 1: Integrate advanced knowledge related to research issues in social informatics.
  • PLO 2: Recommend innovative solutions that are at the forefront of developments in the fields of study.
  • PLO 3: Construct social informatics solutions and tools in terms of their usability, efficiency and effectiveness.
  • PLO 4: Demonstrate effective interaction within a group and with a diverse audience through project discussions and participation in discourses related to the field of study.
  • PLO 5: Exhibit effective communication within a group and with a diverse audience by publishing and presenting technical materials in the field of study.
  • PLO 6: Utilise digital skills to acquire, interpret and extend knowledge in social informatics.
  • PLO 7: Apply numerical skills to acquire, interpret and extend knowledge in social informatics.
  • PLO 8: Demonstrate leadership, teamwork, autonomy and responsibility in delivering services related to the field of study.
  • PLO 9: Exhibit capabilities to extend relevant knowledge through lifelong learning.
  • PLO 10: Exhibit capabilities of having an entrepreneurial mindset to the related field of study.
  • PLO 11: Uphold professional and ethical practices in conducting research and delivering services related to the field of study.