Our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science is a full research programme aimed to nurture scholarly graduates who are ready to become critical analytic researchers, academicians, consultants, specialists, entrepreneurs and top level managers equipped with in-depth expertise and research skills.
Our PhD programme is designed to hone graduates who are innovative and impeccably knowledgeable in the area of computer science particularly in artificial intelligence, machine learning, evolutionary computation and Big Data science. In line with the principles of entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability, the programme is engineered to provide a holistic platform for individual success and professional development through high-quality research training and prudent guidance.
- A Master’s degree or equivalent; AND either Master’s or Bachelor’s degree is related to computing
- Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree as accepted by the Senate
- Bachelor’s degree from academic or TVET programme: First class or CGPA 3.67 out of 4.00 or equivalent; AND rigorous internal appraisal by the University; AND accepted by the Senate into the Doctoral candidacy programme. Student must show suitable progress during candidature period. Student will not be awarded a Master’s degree as an exit award
English language competency requirements for international students:
- Minimum IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550 or equivalent
- English language requirements can be waived if the international student EITHER comes from a country that uses English as the official language OR the entry qualification uses English as the medium of instruction
- Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree qualification, registered for a Master’s degree programme may apply to convert candidacy to a Doctoral degree programme, subject to the following: a. having shown competency and capability in conducting research at Doctoral degree level; and b. approval by the Senate
Allows students to gain public speaking experience, learn about student research from fields within and outside their academic discipline, and experience judging methods used by professional panels for national and international meetings.
The Work Completion Seminar
Each student must submit the first three chapters of his or her thesis for internal assessment. They must then present and defend their PhD research proposal. The student is only allowed to continue with the research to Phase 3 on the passing of the defence of their proposal.
Serves as a moderation process to assess whether the work done by the candidate is sufficient for the PhD degree. The candidate must pass this before their thesis is allowed to proceed to Viva Voce.
- After submitting the thesis, the students is required to attend a Viva Voce to defend his/her thesis
PhD candidates are required to attend lectures/seminars for; Research Process and Academic Writing, and Research Design and Methodology. PhD candidates are expected to demonstrate their understanding through several forms of assessments, including critical review of published articles, research colloquium, proposal defence and research project (thesis writing) with viva voce.The minimum and maximum period of studies are as follows:-
Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy (Computer Science) programme are required to submit a comprehensive statement of the research that they propose to carry out. The proposal should comprise the following elements:
- Field of research
- Topic of research proposal
- Background or a brief literature review on the research topic
- Objective of study – Explain the objectives that influence the research
- The Methodology of study – Explain the methods used in study
- Work schedule
- Equipment required (where applicable)
- Brief bibliography
- The research proposal should contain between 1,500 – 2,000 words or about four to six (4 – 6) pages