Doctor of Philosophy in Information Technology

Doctor of Philosophy in Information Technology


1. Program/MQR No.

Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology) – Research
MQR Code: MQA/FA6588

2. Brief introduction

The Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology) is offered by the Department of Information Systems (DIS) at KICT.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology) aims at developing a new breed of professionals who are not only able to produce original research ideas which would significantly contribute to the advance field of inquiry in the areas of IT and computing, but also competent in charting out strategic decisions as well as improving and upgrading organizational performances. The programme continues to work towards its objective of producing well-rounded intellectuals and professionals who are committed to the promotion of Islamic principles and disciplines and are innovation and continue to provide integrated new ideas.


Program Outcome

1. Knowledge – Demonstrate mastery advanced level of theoretical and application in the field of Information Technology and are able to apply the knowledge in tackling complex issues and solving problems.
2. Practical Skills – Use relevant skills learnt in Information Technology to perform complex tasks
3. Social skills and Responsibilities – Collaborate with others and apply knowledge in a socially responsible manner for the progress of the nation and the ummah.
4. Value, Attitudes and Professionalism – Committed to ethics, autonomy and professionalism in the workplace and everyday life and be accountable for work produced.
5. Communication and Team Skills – Communicate effectively with people from a diverse range of backgrounds by interpreting ideas to provide critical responses on issues raised.
6. Problem Solving and Scientific Skills – Analyse issues and demonstrate a higher order of skilfulness in planning, executing and evaluating strategies and action plans.
7. Information Management and Lifelong Learning Skills – Ability to use necessary learning skills in information management, apply effective strategies for lifelong self-improvement and conduct research independently.
8. Managerial and Entrepreneurial Skills – Apply managerial and entrepreneurial skills in relevant fields.
9. Leadership Skills – Understand the different type of leadership styles and the demonstration of interpersonal skills when leading in a group situation


Career Opportunities

    The programme orientation is expected to produce a new breed of IT professionals     that are capable to understand the rapid technical development in IT and how IT can     be instrumental in the growth of their respective organizations. Graduates of Doctor     of Philosophy (Information Technology) seek positions in government, healthcare,     industry, education and finance, where their technical knowledge and skills, and their     understanding of the organizational,     social and cultural contexts make them valuable     employees.

•    IT Executive
•    Systems Analyst
•    Database Manager/Designer
•    Software/Application Developer
•    Web Designer/Developer
•    Analyst/Programmer
•    Multimedia Developer
•    Technology Manager
•    Network Administrator
•    IT Consultant
•    Technical Support Manager
•    E-Commerce Developer
•    Academician/Researcher/Scientist


Program Structure

In the first semester, a student is required to audit 2 kulliyyah required courses: ICT Research Methodology and Islamic Worldview on ICT and Society. The student is required to submit his/her research proposal which has to be defended at the end of first semester. Upon approval by the Supervisory Committee, the student will continue with his/her research. The final thesis needs to be submitted at the end of the study period. There will be at least at least three (3) examiners to evaluate the final thesis, two of whom must from other than IIUM. The appointment of all examiners shall be recommended by the Kulliyyah Postgraduate Committee (KPGC) and endorsed by the University’s Senate. An oral defence of the thesis will be arranged once agreed by the examiners.

Areas of Research

Information Technology Management, Information Systems Planning and Strategy, System Development Methodology, Networks and Telecommunications, Database, Internet and e-Commerce, Knowledge Management, Artificial Intelligence, E-learning, IT and Islam, IT in     Small Business, IT in the Public Sector, and Societal and Ethical Aspects of IT.


Duration of Study

The programme is offered via full time and part time mode. The full time programme would normally require three (3) years (6 semesters) study duration and the maximum duration allowed is 6 years (12 semesters).

The part time programme would normally require six (6) years (12 semesters). The maximum period allowed for the completion of the programme is 8 years (16 semesters).


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