A candidate shall pass the proposal defence within the norm and maximum periods, relative to the registration date of the programme as follows:
|Research Proposal Defence (norm period)||Research Proposal Defence (maximum period)|
|Masters’ (Full-time)||6 months||9 months|
|Masters’ (Part-time)||9 months||12 months|
|Ph.D (Full-time)||9 months||12 months|
|Ph.D (Part-time)||12 months||15 months|
Upon recommendation from the Supervisor and Co-Supervisor, the candidate shall submit the proposal defence form together with a mini thesis to the Faculty at least TWO weeks before the proposal defence. The mini thesis should include (but is not limited to) the following:
A candidate shall be given THREE attempts to pass the proposal defence. A pass will be graded as ‘S’ while failure will be graded as ’US’. Failure on the third consecutive attempt within the maximum period of proposal defence or obtaining the grade of ‘US’ beyond the maximum period of proposal defence, whichever is earlier, shall result in the termination of the candidature.
Forms and Guidelines
Every candidate must submit a half-yearly progress report and present his progress report in a research colloquium twice a year as part of the progress monitoring in June and December.
The progress report shall indicate the achievements/milestones achieved/list of publications (if any), etc. and also include the work plan (including thesis writing plan) for the next 6 months.
Candidate has to register for Progress Monitoring via CAMSYS.
The appointed panel of evaluators shall grade the progress of the candidate either Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (US).
Failure to present in the half-yearly research colloquium will result in the candidate being given a ‘US’ grade.
A candidate will have his candidature terminated after obtaining 3 consecutive ‘US’ grades.
Forms and Guidelines
The Work Completion Defense (WCD) is to evaluate if the student has done sufficient work for the relevant degree. The WCD is a pre-requisite for thesis submission.
The candidate must obtain the agreement and signatures of the Supervisor, Co-Supervisor and Dean of Faculty, who will verify on the work completion defence form whether the candidate has:
1) Completed and passed all pre-requisite courses and proposal defence seminar
2) An active candidature by the time of work completion defence
3) Fulfilled the minimum period for thesis submission
4) Completed the draft thesis (containing all chapters)
5) Paid up in full all fees and dues owed to the University
Forms and Guidelines
A candidate is advised to make early plan for research publication with the supervisors. The publication requirements are given as follows:
|Ph.D. by Research|
|Registered Before 1 January 2012||Every Ph.D. candidate must have submitted at least one manuscript to international journals and/or top conference proceedings arising from the research work carried out during his candidature before submission of his thesis for examination.|
|Registered After 1 January 2012||Every Ph.D. candidate must have at least one accepted or published manuscript in international journals (Tier 3 and above or equivalent creative output) or conference proceedings (rated as A* and A) or as deemed equivalent by the Senate, arising from the research work carried out during his candidature before submission of his thesis for examination.|
|Registered after 1 January 2016||Every Ph.D. candidate must have at least one accepted or published manuscript in international journal (Quartile 1 – Quartile 3 based on Web of Science (WoS) or Scopus databases or equivalent creative output) or as deemed equivalent by the Senate, arising from the research work carried out during his candidature before submission of his thesis for examination.|
|Registered after 22 April 2021|| i. At least two (2) articles that are accepted or published in journals indexed by WoS (Quartile 1 – Quartile 4) / SCOPUS (Quartile 1 – Quartile 4) or ERA or conference proceedings (rated as CORE A* or A)2,7 or equivalent creative output3 before graduation
ii. At least one (1) article that is accepted or published in journals indexed by WoS5 / SCOPUS6 / ERA or conference proceeding (rated as CORE A* and A)2 or equivalent creative output3, and at least two (2) articles that are accepted or published in any categories listed below before graduation:
a. Journals listed in MyCite1 (Malaysian Citation Centre), or
b. Book chapters published by publishers listed in the WoS Master Book List or SCOPUS Book Title List. Two (2) book chapters in different books are equivalent to one (1) publication, or
c. Malayan Law Journal (MLJ) or Current Law Journal (CLJ)4.
|Master by Research|
|Registered Before 1 January 2012||Master’s candidates are encouraged to publish.|
|Registered After 1 January 2012||Master’s candidates are required to submit at least one manuscript to journal of Tier 3 and above or equivalent creative output or presentation of full paper in the Scopus/ISI-indexed international conference before graduation.|
|Registered after 1 January 2016||Master’s candidates are required to submit at least one manuscript to journal of Q3 and above or equivalent creative output or presentation of full paper in the Scopus/ISI-indexed international conference before graduation.|
|Registered after 22 April 2021||At least one (1) article that is accepted or published in any categories listed below before graduation:
a. Journals indexed by WoS/SCOPUS/ERA, or
b. Journals listed in MyCite1 (Malaysian Citation Centre), or
c. Conference proceedings indexed by WoS5/SCOPUS6, or
d. Book chapters published by publishers listed in the WoS Master Book List or SCOPUS Book Title List. Two (2) book chapters in different books are equivalent to one (1) publication, or
e. Conference proceedings (rated as CORE A* or A)2,7, or
f. Equivalent creative output3, or
g. Malayan Law Journal (MLJ) or Current Law Journal (CLJ)4.
1 If a journal is listed both in the MyCite and WoS/SCOPUS, thus the publication is considered indexed by WoS/SCOPUS.
2 Conference proceedings that are listed in the CORE Conference (A* or A) Ranking List (applicable to IT domain). A* and A are equivalent to SCOPUS Q1 and Q2, respectively.
3 Equivalent creative outputs that are listed in Appendix 1 which are recommended by the Faculty R&I Committee (applicable for creative domain).
4 Malayan Law Journal (MLJ) and Current Law Journal (CLJ) are accepted as other publications (applicable to law domain).
Web of Science (WoS) was originally produced and managed by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) but now it is managed by the Clarivate Analytics.
5 Web of Science Master Book List – http://wokinfo.com/mbl/publishers/
6 SCOPUS Book Title List – https://www.scopus.com/home.uri
7 CORE Conference Ranking List https://www.core.edu.au/
MMU financial sponsorship for language editing services for publication of SCOPUS/WoS/MyCite indexed journals.
For more information, refer: http://research.mmu.edu.my/index.php?req=176&act=a6
Go to https://www.scopus.com/sources.uri
Enter journal name or ISSN to search.
The percentile of a journal’s CiteScore percentile indicates its quartile. Use the display filter function to confirm the journal’s quartile.
Click on the journal name to view its detailed information.
On completion of the thesis, a candidate shall submit an unbound copy of the thesis to the Supervisors to be checked for conformity to the format stipulated in the ‘Guide to Thesis Preparation’ before it is allowed to be submitted for examination.
The candidate shall submit the Thesis Submission Form with the following to IPS:
*Please refer to the guideline : Guideline for Thesis Submission for Examination
Forms and Guidelines
The viva voce will be arranged once the reports from all the examiners have been received. The candidate will be given ONE week notice for the viva. Due to the short notice given, candidates are advised to keep IPS informed of their whereabouts and contact numbers.
The University shall practice an open viva system where the viva session shall be open to the University community. The BOE will deliberate on the reports by the external and internal examiners without the presence of the candidate, after which the viva session shall start with the presentation by the candidate (approximately 30 – 45 minutes for a Ph.D. candidate and 20 – 30 minutes for a Master’s candidate) covering all aspects of a typical thesis:
This will be followed by a defence of the thesis, i.e. Q&A session. In this session, the Supervisor and Co-Supervisor are not allowed to answer on behalf of the candidate unless requested by the Board.
The decision of the Board of Examiners will be conveyed to the candidate officially in writing by the Secretary of the Board within ONE week from the date of the viva voce.
The letter will indicate the amendments to be made to the thesis as suggested by the BOE. A copy of the letter will also be sent to the Supervisor/Co-Supervisor. One of the following decisions shall be made on the thesis at the conclusion of the viva-voce.
Forms and Guidelines
A candidate is required to submit an electronic copy to IPS within the stipulated time.
A candidate who fails to submit the amended thesis within the stipulated time is deemed to have the thesis rejected/failed.
*Please refer to the guideline : Guideline for Softcopies of Thesis Submission After Viva
Prior to the final submission, the candidate must submit a copy of the corrected thesis to the Supervisors for checking and verification that all required amendments have been completed.
If required, after the Supervisors have checked the thesis, it will be submitted to the stipulated Examiner to verify that all required amendments have been made. In the event of the absolute unavailability of the Examiner (resignation of the Examiner or other unforeseen circumstances), any member of the BOE may be assigned to verify the changes made to the thesis.
Forms and Guidelines
The Senate shall award the degree upon the recommendation of the BOE once all Requirements for Conferment of Degree have been met.
Below is the link for the training information: