The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) programme is designed to produce skilled graduates with in-depth knowledge in their related area of research to work independently, competently, creatively, innovatively and professionally. Simultaneously these graduates are able to use their new specialized capabilities to contribute to the body of knowledge for the benefit of mankind.

The learning outcomes of this programme are as follows:

  • apply in-depth knowledge, advanced theories and models related to the relevant research areas.
  • possess the ability to comprehend the problems, design and execute the research at the highest level of scholarship.
  • synthesise advanced multidisciplinary knowledge to improve the skills in decision-making and problem solving as well as having to ability to be creative and innovative.
  • communicate with experts and peers in related areas to spearhead advanced knowledge through research.
  • possess high values and ethics, excellent attitude and leadership capabilities in academic and professional contexts.
  • contribute to the development of knowledge through the production of quality dissertation and publications of international standards.

The programme is offered by full research. However, students without sufficient research skills and knowledge are required to enroll and pass the following courses during the first TWO (2) semesters of their enrolment (i.e. before being allowed to defend their thesis proposal):

  1. SZRZ6014 Research Methodology
  2. SCLE6014 Academic Writing
  3. Any other course as determined by the supervisor or Academic Committee.

To complete the Ph.D. programme, students are required to:

  1. Present and defend the proposed research/thesis to a committee;
  2. Present progress reports of research work at colloquiums arranged by the Graduate School or College;
  3. Produce at least TWO (2) articles, in (Option A or Option B).
  4. Attend a viva session to defend the thesis; and
  5. Submit a final thesis

Option A

  • at least ONE (1) article is accepted for publication in ISI Journal or Scopus; and
  • at least ONE (1) article is under review for publication in a refereed journal.

Option B

  • TWO (2) articles are published in a refereed journal


Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme must possess:

  • a master’s degree from Universiti Utara Malaysia or any other institutions of higher learning recognised by the University Senate; OR
  • any other equivalent qualifications recognised by the University Senate; AND
  • fulfil the English language requirement as set by the University Senate.

Click here for English Language Requirements.



Students are categorized based on nationality as Malaysian, ASEAN, and Non-ASEAN and are charged accordingly. Upon being accepted by the University, students shall make arrangements for their financial support and the payment of Student Fee throughout their study at the University. The Student Fee comprises of registration, tuition, accommodation and services. The Student Fee may be revised from time to time with prior notice being given to students. The Student Fee shall be paid within two (2) weeks after the commencement of each semester. Sponsored student must submit the Sponsorship Letter from the sponsor upon registration. The letter must clearly state the type of the fee covered under the sponsorship (such as registration, tuition, accommodation and services). Payment for campus accommodation may be arranged separately. UUM Student Fee is as listed below:

Fee UUM Sintok UUMKL & Other Centres
Full-time (RM) Part-time (RM) Full-time (RM) Full-time (RM) Part-time (RM) Part-time (RM)
Non-recurring fee
Registration 550 550 750 750 550 750
Insurance 78 0 0 0 0 0
Medical Examination 0 0 200 200 0 200
Total 628 550 950 950 550 950
Recurring fee
Service 408 268 680 680 150 317
 Tuition fee      
 Coursework  300/credit hour  300/credit hour  450/credit hour  500/credit hour  400/credit hour  650/credit hour
       Master programme other than MBA
 Coursework  150/credit hour  150/credit hour  300/credit hour  340/credit hour  300/credit hour  360/credit hour
 Pre-requisite  150/credit hour  150/credit hour  200/credit hour  230/credit hour  0  0
 Project paper (less than
    12 credit hours)
 150/credit hour  150/credit hour  300/credit hour  340/credit hour  300/credit hour  360/credit hour
 Reserach Paper/
    Dissertation (12 credit
    hours and more)
 1000/semester  1000/semester  1500/semester  1700/semester  1000/semester  1700/semester
Master programme by Research       
Tuition  1100/semester  900/semester  1650/semester  1850/semester  0  0
Pre-requisite   150/credit hour  150/credit hour  200/credit hour  230/credit hour  0  0
Thesis examiniation 
 950  950  1250  1450  0  0
Thesis Re-examination 
 950  950  1250  1450  0  0
Coursework  425/credit hour  425/credit hour  550/credit hour  600/credit hour  625/credit hour  700/credit hour
Consultation  425/credit hour  425/credit hour  550/credit hour  600/credit hour  625/credit hour  700/credit hour
Dissertation   1800/semester  1800/semester  2400/semester  2760/semester  2400/semester 2880/semester
Thesis Examination 
 1750 1750   1950  2150  1750  2150
 Thesis Re-examination
 1750 1750   1950  2150  1750  2150
PhD (Full research)       
 Tuition  1850/semester  1350/semester  2200/semester  2405/semester  0  0
Pre-requisite course   150/credit hour  150/credit hour  200/credit hour  230/credit hour  0  0
Thesis examination
 1750/semester  1750/semester  1950/semester  2150/semester  0  0
Thesis  Re-examination
 1750/semester  1750/semester  1950/semester  2150/semester  0  0



Nationality Charge Per Credit (RM)
Malaysian 150.00
ASEAN Countries 200.00
Non ASEAN Countries 230.00


Audit course is RM250.00



Registration fee includes charges for orientation, smart card, student's activities and management fees.

Research Area

Topics are related to numerous quantitative science areas as follows (but not limited),


  • Aritificial Intelligence
  • Data Mining
  • Data Visualization
  • Decision Support System
  • Decision Theory
  • Game Theory
  • Metaheuristics
  • Multi-Criteria Decision Making
  • Optimization
  • Queuing Theory
  • Simulation System
  • System Dynamics
  • Timetabling and Scheduling


  • Combinatorics
  • Discrete Geometry and Topology
  • Dynamical System
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Fuzzy Mathematics
  • Game Theory
  • Graph Theory
  • Interpolation and Approximation
  • Mathematical Cryptography
  • Mathematical Finance and Actuary
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Numerical Analysis


  • Acceptance Sampling
  • Classification and Discrimination Analysis
  • Computational Statistics
  • Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Forecasting
  • Fuzzy Time Series
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Regression Analysis
  • Robust Statistics
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Statistical Modelling
  • Statistical Quality Control
  • Survival Analysis
       ** Please refer Directory of Expertise for potential supervisor.