Doctor of Philosophy (Business)

General

Program Description

A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is the highest level of academic qualification one can achieve. This qualification sets you apart as having developed an exhaustive understanding of your selected focus area in the discipline of business studies, placing you at the forefront of your chosen field of research.

Our Ph.D. in Business provides you with opportunities to undertake extensive investigation within your chosen business field and you are encouraged to develop new ideas or employ well-thought-out methodologies to produce noteworthy theoretical and practical contributions. You will utilize the best-suited research design to explore and/or test informed ideas. The outcome of your research extends the frontiers of knowledge and you will disseminate the scholarly findings to peers and practitioners, through academic and professional networks, conferences/seminars, and even publications.

The University has a dedicated team of academicians to mentor you along your research journey, as you investigate a topic of your choice. You may pursue a topic or an issue in which you are currently researching within your workplace, in which case your Ph.D. can also be of direct relevance to your current employment. Alternatively, you can choose to undertake research in any particular area you are passionate about.

You will be a part of an elite group of respected scholars, who actively promote scientific, technological, social and cultural progress whilst also shaping business, legal and societal boundaries. By the end of your study, you would have developed expertise in your chosen field and be well-equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and personal attributes to carry out independent research.

Intakes

January, March, June & September

Duration

  • 3 Years (full-time)
  • 4 Years (part-time)

Career Prospects

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

Program Structure

Students pursuing the Ph.D. (Business) program 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.

Areas of Research

  • Banking
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Corporate Governance
  • Finance
  • Green Supply Chain Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Industrial Relations
  • International Trade
  • Marketing Management
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Services Marketing
  • Strategic Management

Entry Requirement

  • Master’s Degree: A Master’s degree in business with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 or equivalent
  • Other Qualifications: Any other qualifications will be considered on a case-to-case basis

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.

Last updated Jul 2020

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