Doctor of Philosophy

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About Doctor of Philosophy

In a complex, uncertain and unpredictable business world, the demand for exceptional researchers and educators who are curious, persistent and open has never been greater.

The HELP Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme provides students the opportunity to undertake professional management research and produce papers in one of 9 distinct fields of study: Accounting and Finance, Governance and Ethics, Economics, Operations Management, International Business, Marketing, Human Resource Management and Organisational Development / Organisational Behaviour, Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Development as well as interdisciplinary research.

Course Structure

  • Phase I – Coursework: 3 taught subjects consisting of 1 Statistics for Data Analysis and 2 Research Methodology subjects. Depending on the students’ research interest and prior training, students may be required to take additional subjects offered by the ELMGS. The 3 taught subjects will be assessed by written assignment, individual and group presentation;
  • Phase II – Thesis: Students are required to produce a scholarly thesis which makes an original and substantive contribution to knowledge. Students will be assigned supervisor(s) to guide them in their thesis writing. As part of the ongoing assessment, students will prepare a formal research proposal which is presented at an open workshop or seminar, with a final oral examination to defend their thesis.  


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Entry Requirements

  • A Master’s degree in business, management or related professional disciplines from a recognised university, preferably with adequate relevant experience in business and industry.
  • International applicants are required to fulfil a minimum score of 6.0 for International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the equivalent.

Intake Date

Throughout the year

Brochure / Information Request

Ms Emily Chin

+603 2716 2000 ext. 2220