Master of Science in Information Systems


Information systems are a critical part of an organisation’s IT infrastructure. IT professionals, who can manage information resources, understand the technology and systems, are key to successful modern enterprises.

This programme is strategically positioned to enable students to undertake information systems research that is theoretically and methodologically rigorous, and enables them to develop the capability to plan, organise and carry out research studies at master’s level. It extends student's knowledge of research in the chosen area, and builds skills in communicating research work.

On successful completion of the programme, the graduates will also be awarded with a degree from Lancaster University. They will be awarded two certificates, making them graduates of both Sunway University and Lancaster University.

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Rolling Intake
2 Years (full-time)
3 Years (part-time)
Career Prospects
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Computer Science Researcher
  • Data analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Database administrator
  • Database engineer
  • IT auditor
  • IT consultant
  • IT project director
  • IT/Business system analyst
  • Software Engineer
Estimated Total Course Fee
  • RM44,620
    for Malaysian students
  • USD10,561
    for international students
International students must pay their fees in RM equivalent. The USD here is just an indicative/estimation and subject to the prevalent exchange rate

Programme Structure

The MSc in Information Systems (by Research) consists of two taught modules and one thesis. Candidates will be required to complete two taught modules, namely Research Methodology and Directed Readings, before they proceed to writing the thesis. By undergoing these two modules, candidates will develop the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct research successfully towards the Master’s degree.

Research Methodology

Candidates will have an opportunity to examine research designs with methodology as well as data analysis techniques employed by Information Systems researchers. At the end of this module, candidates will be expected to formulate and submit a proposal for research in an area of their own interest or specialisation.

Directed Readings

This module will provide students with comprehensive reading lists and resources to help them develop research models and areas of interest. Literature review skills and training on how to manage information and resources will also be introduced in this module.


The MSc is awarded based on the successful completion of a thesis. The thesis should demonstrate proficiency, criticality and mastery in the subject or chosen area of research.

Areas of Research

Our academics have expertise in the following research areas (but not limited to):

For other research areas, do write in to our contacts listed below

Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Embedded Systems/IoT
Cybersecurity & Blockchain
Robotics & Drones
Big Data & Data Analytics
Embedded Systems and Applications
Visual Sensor Network
Sensing & Signal Processing
Machine Learning & Human Factors
Power Systems
Student studying

Entry Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree

A Bachelor’s Degree in Computing with minimum CGPA of 3.00 or equivalent


An APEL.A Certificate (APEL T-7) (Recognition of Prior Learning) (Click on this link for further information on APEL.A)

Other Qualifications

Any other qualifications will be considered on a case-to-case basis and subject to the approval and acceptance by University Senate.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.0
  • TOEFL 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 80 (Internet-based)
  • PTE Academic 50 overall (minimum 46 in each skill)

Application Procedure

A) Applicants will be required to submit the following completed and signed documents:

  • Sunway Postgraduate application form 
  • One (1) passport-sized photograph
  • Research statement: The statement should briefly describe the research question that the applicant has discussed with his/her future PhD supervisor
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Scholarship application form (if any)

B) The following true copies of documents must be certified:

  • Passport (all pages including blank pages - for international students)/Identity card (for Malaysian students)
  • English Language Qualification (IELTS/TOEFL/MUET/others) - for international students
  • Academic qualifications/results (Certificates and complete transcripts) (Degree/master’s degree/others)
  • International applicants must provide certified copies of their entire course transcripts including explanations of the mark schemes used and, where possible, an indication of their class ranking/position in class

C) Two (2) reference letters

Documents will be processed once the application is complete. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. We will notify you of our final decision as soon as an appropriate supervisory team has been identified.

Research Proposal

The research proposal should comprise between 1,000 and 1,500 words (excluding references), and covers the following structure:

  1. An appropriate title for the research project (designated supervisor if known)
  2. Introduction and justification of the study, which includes:
    • Research background
    • Problem statement
    • Research objective(s)
    • Research question(s)/hypothesis
  3. Literature review
  4. Research methodology
  5. Proposed research schedule
  6. List of references


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Contact Information

For more information, please email:

Programme Leader
Dr. Ling Mee Hong
Email: @email

Programme Administrator
Foong Yee Ling
Email: @email

General Inquiries

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarship Available

Eligibility Criteria for Bursary or Scholarship


Programme: Master by Research and PhD  
Mode of study: Full-time  
Financial Support:

  • Master by Research: 30% tuition fee waiver 
  • PhD: 50% tuition fee waiver 

Award Criteria: Sunway graduates who are meeting the entry requirement for the Master by Research or PhD programmes


Programme: Master by Research and PhD  
Mode of study: Full-time  
Financial Support:

  • Master by Research: 60% tuition fee waiver 
  • PhD: 100% tuition fee waiver 

Award Criteria: Sunway graduates who are meeting the entry requirement for the Master by Research or PhD programmes. CGPA >= 3.5 or Merit (or equivalent)


Programme: Master by Research and PhD  
Mode of study: Full-time  
Financial Support:

  • Master by Research: Not eligible
  • PhD: 100% tuition fee waiver including registration and resource fees. Cost of living allowance of RM3,000 per month for 36 months

Award Criteria: Sunway graduates who are meeting the entry requirement for the PhD programmes.  
CGPA >= 3.5 or Merit (or equivalent). One (1) published journal article indexed in WOS/Scopus as first or corresponding author. Eligible applicants will be interviewed, and Studentship awards will be given on a competitive basis

*Bursary is only offered to Sunway graduates from Sunway Education Group higher education institutions.  
**Scholarship is open to Sunway and non-Sunway graduates


For more information about the scholarships and financial aid, please visit the SEG Scholarships website.

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