Master of Science Programme

INTRODUCTION

Students will be exposed to the relevant theories and critical research issues in their respective areas of specialization. Each student is required to conduct a research study and complete a thesis detailing the research objectives, literature reviewed, the research design, data analysis and findings of the research. The student has to prepare and defend his/her research proposal before being allowed to continue his/her research and completion of his/her thesis.

The fields of study offered in the Master of Science programme are as follows:

  • Master of Science (Accounting)
  • Master of Science (Management)

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To qualify for each of the Master of Science (Management), applicants must possess one of the following qualifications:

  • A recognised Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a CGPA of at least 2.75 or its equivalent in the relevant field; or
  • A recognised Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a CGPA of less than 2.75 but not lower than 2.50 or its equivalent in the relevant field, may be accepted subject to having relevant working or research experience, or
  • Other qualifications approved by the PBS Senate.

All international candidates graduated from degree programmes whereby English is not the medium of instruction must have obtained a minimum of 550 for the TOEFL Paper-based test or 80 for the Internet-based test, or IELTS Band 6.0, or MUET Band 5.0.

To qualify for each of the Master of Science (Accounting), applicants must possess one of the following qualifications:

  • A recognised Bachelor’s Degree with a CGPA of at least 2.75 or its equivalent in the relevant field; or
  • A recognised Bachelor’s Degree with a CGPA of less than 2.75 but not lower than 2.50 or its equivalent in the relevant field, may be accepted subject to having relevant working or research experience, or
  • Other qualifications approved by the PBS Senate.

All international candidates graduated from degree programmes whereby English is not the medium of instruction must have obtained a minimum of 550 for the TOEFL Paper-based test or 80 for the Internet-based test, or IELTS Band 6.0, or MUET Band 5.0. 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

PHASE I – COURSEWORK (6 credit hours)

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.

Two core courses (6 credit hours)

  • Research Methodology
  • Research Analysis

PHASE II – PROPOSAL DEFENCE (PD)

Each student must publicly present and defend his/her MSc 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 stage involves evaluation of the student’s knowledge and ability to complete his/her research study to the satisfaction of the panel of two independent examiners.

FEES

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