Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration

MQA/PA/11782 | N/345/8/1076 (10/2026)

    Intakes: January, May and September
    Duration: 1 year (Full-time)
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    Intakes:January, May and September
    Duration:2 years (Full-time)
    Intakes:January, May and September
    Duration:3-4 years (Full-time)
    Intakes: January, May and September
    Duration: 1 year 4 months (Full-time) | 2-4 years (Part-time)
    Intakes:January, May and September
    Duration:3-6 year (Full-time) | 4-8 years (Part-time)


3-6 Years (Full Time)

4-8 years (Part-Time)

Malaysian Qualification Agency


Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration is a full research programme that aims to provide students with rigorous, in-depth and advanced research knowledge within their specific areas of business administration. A key element of this programme is to understand the philosophy of science paradigms that determine methodological designs. It also aims to inculcate in them a systematic and ethical approach in conducting research in specialised areas, thereby contributing new insights to the body of knowledge and managerial practices.

By the end of the programme, students will have an integrated knowledge in the area of business administration and demonstrated ability to perform research activities independently. They will also be trained to analyse and evaluate complex management issues through independent research to improve organizational activities.


Year 1 – Year 3
– Phd Dissertation
16-Hour Core Modules
– Research Methods
Phd Dissertation Chapters
– Introduction
– Literature Review
– Methodology
– Results
– Discussion and conclusion

– Human Resource Management
– Marketing
– Leadership
– Organisational Behaviour
– Operation Management
– Ethics

Interested in other areas? Contact us to consult with our main supervisor.


Academician, Researcher, Research Analyst, Research Director, CEO, Management Analyst, Lecturer, Management Consultant / Trainer.


– Master’s Degree (MQF Level 7) in business or related field
– Any other equivalent qualification recognised by the Malaysian Government which will be considered on a case by case basis.

*There shall be no direct entry from Bachelor’s degree level to PhD level

Completed a Master’s Degree in English
IELTS: 6.0
MUET: Band 4

Any other equivalent English qualification will be considered on a case by case basis

Completed a Master’s Degree in English
IELTS: 6.0
MUET: Band 4

Any other equivalent English qualification will be considered on a case by case basis


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Application Fee: RM4,500

Indicative Tuition Fee: RM35,500


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