PhD Program

Doctoral programs in computer science
1. The goals of doctoral studies

  • Doctoral program aims to produce researchers who have needed skills to work independently, be creative, and have the ability to develop and test hypotheses, and lead research groups.
  • Doctoral students have a fundamental and solid knowledge, and ability to apply modern achievements of computer science into practice to meet the high demands of society, be capable of research and development at a high level, as well as being able to play a leadership role and actively contribute to the advancement of science and technology.

2. The viewpoint on design the education program

  • The doctoral program is designed according to the research direction of supervisors and the faculties. The program focuses on developing research skills, creative thinking, and problem-solving skills.

3. The training time

  • The training time of the Ph.D. program is following to Resolution No. 25/QĐ-ĐHCNTT-ĐTSĐH in 15/04/2014 of the Rector of University of Information Technology.

4. The education program

Based on Regulation No. 25, the training program consists of three parts:

  • Part 1: Supplementary modules.
  • Part 2: Ph.D. modules, Ph.D. subjects, and overview essays.
  • Part 3: Scientific research and doctoral thesis.

4.1. Supplementary modules

  • The supplementary modules are held for the Ph.D. students who do not have a master’s degree or have a master’s degree in appropriate disciplines. These modules will provide necessary knowledge and qualifications so that the students can implement the tasks in the Ph.D. course.
  • Ph.D. students who do not have a master’s degree have to study the supplementary modules, including the basic and specialized modules of the current master’s program in computer science and the Philosophy subject in order to complete the master’s modules.
  • For Ph.D. students having the master’s degree in the appropriate disciplines, we will consider their master’s transcript and our current master’s program to determine the supplementary modules that they have to take.

4.2. Ph.D. modules

  • The Ph.D. modules aim to provide new professional knowledge, research methodology, and how to apply these skills to the research fields.

4.3. Ph.D. subjects

  • Ph.D. subjects require the Ph.D. students to update new knowledge by themselves, be competent at their research field, and understand related research fields. This will help them to improve the research ability. These subjects also help the students to solve several contents of their Ph.D. thesis.
  • Each student has to complete three Ph.D. subjects. Each subject includes two credits. The Ph.D. student has to study the subjects in accordance with his/her research field which are approved by his/her advisor and specialized units committee.

4.4 Overview essay

  • The Ph.D. student has to carry out an essay to summarize his/her research situation and the issues related to the Ph.D. thesis. The overview essay has to show the student ability in analyzing and evaluating related works, present unsolved problems, point out issues that the thesis needs to focus on.
  • The Ph.D. students carry out the overview essay after completing the Ph.D. subjects. In addition, they have to successfully defend the overview essay before submitting a doctoral thesis.

5. Scientific research and doctoral thesis

5.1 Scientific research

  • Scientific research is a mandatory task of Ph.D. candidate during the Ph.D. course. Since there is the decision to be a Ph.D. student, Ph.D. students have to update their Ph.D. outline to adapt the development of technology within 12 months for those who have a master’s degree or 24 months for those who have Bachelor degree. Ph.D. outline will be defended again in front of the Specialized Unit.
  • Depending on the research field, the Specialized Unit will have different requirements for the assessment of the current state of knowledge, technological solutions related to the Ph.D. thesis. The Specialized Unit may also require the Ph.D. students to investigate and conduct experiments to supplement the results. By doing this, the Ph.D. candidate can gain new knowledge and new solutions. These are important bases for a Ph.D. student to write their thesis.
  • The content and scope of scientific research must be consistent with the objectives of the Ph.D. thesis. Depend on each thesis, the University and Specialized Unit will provide the funding support, facilities, and labs in order to help Ph.D. candidates complete their thesis. The Ph.D. candidate must ensure the truthfulness, accuracy, and novelty of their results, abide by Vietnam’s and international intellectual property regulations.
  • The time of scientific research is arranged during their candidature. If Ph.D. cannot finish their study within the expected time, they can extend the study period. Training costs for extended periods will be covered by the Ph.D. candidate or supported by the other organizations.
  • The University and Specialized Unit support fully for Ph.D. students to lead or participate in research projects at all level.

5.2 Doctoral thesis

  • The doctoral thesis must be an innovative scientific research project of the Ph.D. student, finding new results, not duplicate other studies. The thesis aims to solve a scientific problem which is a unique scientific research project, accurate, honest, creative in the field of research. The thesis has contributions, contains new knowledge or solutions that are valuable in developing and increasing knowledge.
  • The doctoral thesis does not exceed 150 pages A4 (excluding the appendix), of which more than 50% content presents the research results and arguments of the Ph.D. student.
  • The main content and research results of the thesis must be presented in front of the committee. These results are published at least in two specialized journals and conferences which review independently and are scored by The state council for professor title of Vietnam, are included in the list of journals and conferences of doctoral majors, refer to the list in Appendix 2 of Regulation No. 25.
  • The Ph.D. candidate must defend the thesis before the Specialized Unit Committee and University Committee.