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Prerequisite Requirements

Prerequisite courses are compulsory for all students and must be taken and pass prior to graduation. The requirement pass grade is C+. Prerequisite courses need to be taken as follows:

For Master’s student :

  • CCS591/4 - Research Methodology & Empirical Methods in Computer Science

For PhD’s student :

  • CCS591/4 - Research Methodology & Empirical Methods in Computer Science
  • CCS593/4 - Advanced Algorithms and Complexity or
  • CCS515/4 - Advanced Knowledge Management (depending on the entry qualification and proposed title and research field)

Duration

MSc

  • Full-time: Min 1 year / Max 3 years
  • Part-time: Min 2 years / Max 5 years

PhD

  • Full-time: Min 2 years / Max 6 years
  • Part-time: Min 3 years / Max 7.5 years

Admission Requirements

Applicants should posses the following:

MSc

  • A BSc degree in Computer Science/ Information Technology or equivalent or
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering/ Electrical Engineering/ Computer Engineering (60% of the core component must be Computer Science related) with
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.75 or equivalent.
  • Degrees awarded by local/ private institutions of higher learning, including those awarded under any collaborative/ franchising schemes with local or foreign partners must be accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

PhD

  • A Master’s degree in Computer Science/ Information Technology or equivalent or
  • A Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering/ Electrical Engineering/ Computer Engineering (60% of the core component must be Computer Science related) with
  • A minimum CGPA of 3.00 or equivalent or
  • A Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours or GGPA with greater than 3.67in related areas.

Language Requirements

For International Applicants:

  • A minimum score of 500 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • A minimum score of 5.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

For Malaysian Applicants:

  • A minimum score of band 4 in MUET (Malaysian University English Test)
    Note: Results must be attached with the application form.

Current research and development activities are organised under three main research clusters :

Current research and development activities are organised under three research clusters:


1. SERVICE COMPUTING

COM11 – Enterprise Computing

COM12 – Software Engineering

COM13 – Social and Sustainable Computing

COM14 – Multimedia Systems


2. DATA TO KNOWLEDGE

COM21 – Computational Intelligence

COM22 – Computer Vision and Image Processing

COM23 – Visual Informatics

COM24 – Language Engineering

COM25 – Knowledge Engineering


3. ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES AND INFRASTRUCTURES

COM31 – High Performance Computing

COM32 – Computer Network

COM33 – Information Security

COM34 - High Performance Computational Biology

For more information please refer to Research Menu

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Universiti Sains Malaysia
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Tel: (+604) 653 3888 ext. 3647/3610
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