PhD (Business)

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Course Overview
Doctorate (PhD)
Tuition Fees
RM 35,700/ year (for Malaysian students)
3-4 years full-time; 6-8 years part-time
Prior Study
Masters degree
Study Field


We offer high-quality doctoral training to postgraduate students who wish to pursue a PhD. You will be assigned two academic supervisors who will provide guidance on the formal specification of your topic, the structure and organisation of your thesis and the general direction of your research. To aid you in the transition to independent research and to help you acquire the necessary skills, you will complete a number of assessed taught modules during your first year of study, if full-time, while part- time students normally complete within two years. Typical modules include:

Faculties, Schools & Departments

School of Politics, History and International Relations

All streams

  • Developing Management Research
  • Research Design and Philosophy

Business and Management stream

  • Introduction to Research Design and Data Analysis

Finance and Risk stream

  • Contemporary Topics in Finance
  • Topics in Advanced Econometrics

Industrial Economics stream

  • Advanced Macroeconomics or Advanced Microeconomic Theory (optional)
  • Topics in Advanced Econometrics

Entry requirements

A masters degree in a relevant subject normally with an average over 65% in the taught modules and 65% in the dissertation, or its equivalent. Professional, business or industrial qualifications are also valued for some research areas. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)
  • TOEFL (iBT): 100 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)
  • PTE (Academic): 67 (with no less than 55 in each element)
  • MUET: Band 5

Intake Months


You will be required to submit an annual review in years one, two and three, submitting draft literature chapters and other required chapters as well as delivering presentations about your research to a review panel of assessors. In year three, you will also submit a commentary that details how you have addressed the feedback you received from the year two annual review as well as an additional chapter and your presentation.

If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your research project proposal with the relevant supervisor in the first instance. Please refer to our website to find out about the research interests of our academic staff and to determine if your research interests coincide with those of a potential supervisor. You can also refer to our website to determine if your research interests correspond with the wider research agenda within the school. Please visit our applications pages to find out how to apply.