A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is the highest level of academic qualification that you can achieve. Having a Ph.D. sets you apart: not just as a mark of academic excellence, but it also shows that you have the ambition, drive, and skills needed to succeed in even the toughest of intellectual challenges. The Ph.D. (Business) program at Sunway University Business School provides students with the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of business at the leading edge of their selected discipline. The university has a dedicated team of academicians to mentor you on your research journey. We have active researchers in the fields of Accounting, Actuarial Studies, Business Law, Economics, Finance, Management, and Marketing. The topic of your Ph.D. is for you to decide, so you can be sure that you will be committing yourself to something that you will truly enjoy studying. You might even choose to pursue a topic in which you are currently undertaking research within your workplace, in which case your Ph.D. can also be of direct relevance to your current employment.

Our Ph.D. in Business will enable you to analyze critically the current state of knowledge and to develop new ideas to advance both the theory and practice in your chosen business field. You will utilize the best in methodological designs to explore and/or test your ideas. Through your research, you will explore new knowledge frontiers which you will discuss and share with your peers, through academic and professional networks, seminars and even publications. Part of an elite group of respected scholars, you will be actively involved in promoting scientific, technological, social and cultural progress whilst also shaping business, legal and societal boundaries.

Our Ph.D. graduates are well-equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and personal attributes to carry out independent research in their specialist field of business.


January, March, June & August


  • 2-6 Year (full-time)
  • 4-8 Year (part-time)

Career Prospects

Doctoral graduates are highly trained specialists in their fields. They may enter careers in academia, research, consulting as well as undertake specialist roles, for example, an analyst in investment banking.

Programme Structure

Students pursuing the Ph.D. (Business) programme shall undertake an in-depth study on a particular research topic, the findings of which shall be submitted in the form of a thesis. The thesis must be defended in an oral examination, called a viva voce. In addition to the thesis component, students will be required to take one (1) audit subject, namely Research Methodology, to enhance their knowledge in research. The audit subject is not graded, but must be successfully completed. Candidates are also required to participate in academic activities, such as workshops, seminars, conferences, and talks in various fields of study to enhance their knowledge, skills, and experiences.

Entry Requirement

A Master’s degree or equivalent in business or other fields closely related to the intended research topic.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 7.0;
  • TOEFL 100 (internet-based);
  • PTE Academic 70 overall

Candidates who have completed a Master’s degree, or equivalent in English would have met the language requirements.

Program taught in:
  • English

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