PhD Programme

INTRODUCTION

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme is designed to prepare students for a career as an academic or a researcher in the public or private sector. The research in the PhD programme is an in-depth investigation of specific research issue(s) related to a management discipline with the aim of enhancing and contributing to new knowledge in that discipline. Students are expected to have strong theoretical and research methodological foundations and be able to conduct their research fairly independently.

The fields of study offered in the Doctor of Philosophy programme are as follows:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Management)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Accounting)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Finance)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Marketing)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To qualify for each of the Doctor of Philosophy programmes, applicants must possess one of the following qualifications:

  • A Master’s Degree with a CGPA of at least 3.30 or its equivalent in the relevant field. However, an applicant with a CGPA below 3.30 or its equivalent in the relevant field may be considered if the applicant possesses the relevant working or research experiences, or
  • A professional qualification that is recognised as being equivalent to the above, or
  • Other qualifications approved by the PBS Senate.

In addition, all international applicants must meet the language proficiency requirements of the University.

  • All international candidates from countries where English is not a medium of instruction must have obtained a minimum TOEFL 550 or Band 6.0 for IELTS.
PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

PHASE I – COURSEWORK 

The coursework is mandatory. Each student must attain an overall CGPA of 3.00 before he/she is allowed to proceed with his/her research in Phase II.

Three core courses (9 credit hours)

  • Research Methodology
  • Business Statistics
  • Advanced Research Methodology

Exemption to certain courses may be given to a student who has taken the equivalent courses before his/her enrollment into the PhD programme.

PHASE II – PROPOSAL DEFENCE (PD)

Each student must publicly present and defend his/her PhD research proposal. The assessment at the PD stage involves evaluation of the student’s knowledge of the extant literature in his/her area of research, his ability to integrate the theories pertinent to the research in formulating the appropriate research framework and his/her ability to adopt the appropriate research design.
The student is only allowed to continue with his/her research to Phase III upon passing of the defence of his/her proposal.

PHASE III – THESIS PREPARATION

The student proceeds to continue with his/her data collection, data analysis and thesis writing.

PHASE IV – VIVA VOCE

After submission of the thesis, the student is required to attend a viva-voce to orally defend his/her thesis.
The assessment at the viva voce involves evaluation of the student’s knowledge and ability to complete his/her research study to the satisfaction of the panel of three independent examiners.

FEES

OTHER FEES

 Acceptance Fee Local Student International Student
 RM300  RM800
 Registration Fee  RM150  RM150
 Alumni Fee  RM100  RM100
 Admin Fee (per semester)  RM500  RM500
 Credit Fee (per semester)  RM500  RM500
 International Student Fee per semester  –  RM800

RESEARCH FEES

1st Semester RM 1,000 (Local Students)
RM 1,700 (International Students)
2nd – 7th Semester RM 2,000 (Local Students)
RM 3,400 (International Students)
8th and subsequent semester RM 1,200 (Local Students)
RM 2,040 (International Students)

VIVA FEE

 Local & International Student  RM2,500

TOTAL FEES FOR 2 YEARS STUDY ( 4 SEMESTERS )

Local Student RM 16,556
International Student RM 25,156

TOTAL FEES FOR 3 YEARS STUDY (6 SEMESTERS)

Local Student RM 21,556
International Student RM 34,556

TOTAL FEES FOR 4 YEARS STUDY ( 8 SEMESTERS )

Local Student RM 25,756
International Student RM 42,596

TOTAL FEES FOR 5 YEARS STUDY ( 10 SEMESTERS )

Local Student RM 29,156
International Student RM 49,276

TOTAL FEES FOR 6 YEARS STUDY ( 12 SEMESTERS )

Local Student RM 32,556
International Student RM 55,956

Note:
(i) All fees above are subject to change.
(ii) Fees are payable according to the payment schedule as specified for each semester.