Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Science

The Department of Library and Information Systems offers a Ph. D. programme based on a research to suit the needs of students with a variety of academic backgrounds. Students will be armed with a strong foundation for research to prepare the student to conduct a meaningful , original and extensive research project. This program is available in part time and full time basis.

Programme Description

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Programme Description
 The student is required to submit his/her research proposal which need to be defended at the end of the first semester. Upon approval by the Supervisory Committee, the student will continue with his/her research.
The final thesis need to be submitted at the end of the study period. There will be at least two examiners to evaluate the final thesis, one of whom must be from another institution. The appointment of all examiners shall be recommended by the Kulliyyah Post Graduate Committee (KPGC) and endorsed by the University's Senate. An oral defense of the thesis will be arranged once agreed by the examiners.
A Doctoral's thesis is an important scholarly achievement which must maintain certain standard. The thesis should contain work of merit to be presented in satisfactory literary form (including references, notes and bibliography, as appropriate), should not be of unnecessary length and should provide evidence of training in and application of research methods appropriate to the particular field of study.
The thesis must show the originality of work. Students may not select an area of research for which a degree has already been conferred in IIUM or any other University. However they may incorporate any part of such work provided that the part of the work which has been so incorporated is clearly indicated in their thesis. Plagiarism is considered to be a serious offence.
In line with the vision and mission of the University, it is highly recommended that the thesis should reflect to some extent an attempt to incorporate some Islamic perspectives on issues explored.
Areas of Research
Students in the program may focus on specific area of interest:-
o Digital Libraries
o Information Retrieval
o Information Literacy Skills
o Bibliometrics
o Database Management
o Design and Delivery of Information Services
o Library Information System
o Organization of Information
o Staff Training
o Bibliographic Control and Metadata
o Indexing and Abstracting
o User Behavior in ICT Use
o Informatics
o Knowledge Management

Entry Requirements


Entry Requirements
1. A good masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) or Information Management (IM) form IIUM or other academic institutions recognized by the IIUM or the Public Services Department, with a minimum CGPA of 3.30 or equivalent.
2. A good masters degree in any disciplines from IIUM or other academic institutions recognized by the IIUM or the Public Services Department with a minimum CGPA of 3.30 or equivalent. Upon admission, the student will be required to take prerequisites in the form of all core courses in the MLIS programme.
3. Candidates who have long experience working in the information and knowledge related fields, have published numerous publications and articles in refereed journals and have shown aptitude for research and scholarly discourse may also be considered if proper proposal related to Library Information Science disciplines is submitted with the admission form.