Minimum entry requirement
A Masters degree in a related field accepted by the APU Senate
Other qualifications equivalent to a Masters degree that is accepted by the APU Senate
Note: The above entry requirements may differ for specific programs based on the latest program standards published by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).
Minimum English requirements
Fields of research
Specialist doctoral topics for supervision
Computing & Society
Medical Image Processing
Malware Analysis and Detection
Algorithm and Distributed Computing
Digital Image Processing
Technological Innovation and Change
Information Systems Adoption
Graph Theory/ Combinatorics
Big Data Analytics
Internet of Things (IoT)
Natural Language Processing
Ideally, the student works with potential supervisors to develop a proposal.
Open and Distance Learning (ODL)
The ODL (Open & Distance Learning) Ph.D. programs are designed to address the theoretical and practical knowledge skills and artifacts used in the development of relevant research skills.
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 organized jointly by Graduate School of Technology and Graduate School of Business • Students must participate in online research seminars/colloquiums/conferences. • For Ph.D. in Computing/ Technology, students are required to publish 1 journal article (indexed) as a requirement for the Ph.D. award.
Assessment of the fundamental knowledge is carried out through assessment of the students’ performance based on oral and written assessment (viva voce and dissertation).
Distance Learning Ph.D. students in APU have to undertake TWO (2) components:
Research Methods Module
RM 45,000 (USD 11,250)
​* Fees stated above do not include Enrolment Fees, Registration Fees, and other Miscellaneous Fees.