Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Management  Intakes: March, June, September & December

Programme Aims

The programme aims to provide students with in-depth and advanced knowledge within their specific areas of Business Management Studies. It also aims to inculcate in them a systematic, rigorous and ethical approach in conducting research in specialized areas, thereby contributing new insights to the body of knowledge and managerial practices.


  • Programme Objectives
  • 1. To equip graduates with in-depth and advanced knowledge, by research work, within the area of business management
  • 2. To enhance communications skills through presentation and publications
  • 3. To perform research independently and collaboratively in a systematic, rigorous and ethical manner

Duration of Study

  • Full Time:
    Minimum: 3 years
    Maximum: 6 years
  • Part-Time:
    Minimum: 4 years
    Maximum: 8 years

Details of Programme

  • 1. Doctoral Thesis (Core Major)
  • 2. Research Methodology (Compulsory)
  • 3. Seminars (Compulsory)
  • 4. Business-related modules
  • Click to view the Programme Structure.
  • Entry Requirements
  • 1. Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme must possess:
    (a) Master’s degree (Level 7 MQF) in a business or related field accepted by the University Senate; OR
    (b) Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree (Level 7 MQF) as accepted by University Senate.
  • 2. Candidates currently pursuing the Master’s programme by research in the University and who are recommended by the Postgraduate Committee to upgrade their status to a Doctoral programme can also be considered, subject to the University Senate’s approval.
  • Tuition Fees

  • Fulfil English Language Requirements (for International Students only)

* Note:

– There shall be no direct entry from the Bachelor’s degree level to Doctoral degree level.
– Candidates with Bachelor’s degree qualification, registered for Master’s degree by Research programmes may apply to convert their candidacy to Doctoral degree programmes.
– Application of conversion must be done within one (1) year after the candidate has registered for Master’s degree programmes.
– Candidates registered for Master’s degree programmes with at least CGPA 3.67 at Bachelor’s degree level may apply to convert their candidacy to the doctoral degree programmes subject to:
(i)  Having shown competency and capability in conducting research at Doctoral degree level,
(ii) Approval by the University Senate.