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Doctor of Philosophy (Business)

Programme Overview

Our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme is designed to prepare our students for an outstanding career as an academic or researcher, in the public or private sector of multiple industries. The research curriculum in our PhD programme consists of an in-depth investigation into specific research issues related to various sub-disciplines in the Business world.

Emphasis is placed on enhancing current knowledge while developing cutting-edge innovations. Students are expected to have strong theoretical and research foundations to be able to conduct rigorous, empirical inquiry.
  • Master’s degree in business or related field as accepted by the Senate
  • Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree as accepted by the Senate
  • Bachelor’s degree from academic or TVET programme: First class or CGPA 3.67 out of 4.00 or equivalent; AND rigorous internal assessment by the University; AND accepted by the Senate into the Doctoral candidacy programme. Student must show suitable progress during candidature period. Student will not be awarded a Master’s degree as an exit award

    English language competency requirements for international students:
  • Minimum IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550 or equivalent
  • English language requirements can be waived if the international student EITHER comes from a country that uses English as the official language OR the entry qualification uses English as the medium of instruction

  • Candidate with Bachelor’s degree qualification, registered for Master’s degree programme may apply to convert candidacy to Doctoral degree programme within 1 year after candidate registers for Master’s degree programme, subject to the following:
    a. having shown competency and capability in conducting research at Doctoral degree level;
    b. rigorous internal assessment by the University; and
    c. approval by the Senate
Phase 1
  • Coursework (Two core courses)
    • Research Process and Academic Writing
    • Research Design and Methodology
The Colloquium
Allows students to gain public speaking experience, learn about student research from fields within and outside their academic discipline, and experience judging methods used by professional panels for national and international meetings.

Phase 2
  • Proposal Defence
    • Each student must submit the first three chapters of his or her thesis for internal assessment. They must then present and defend their PhD research proposal. The student is only allowed to continue with the research to Phase 3 on the passing of the defence of their proposal.
Phase 3
  • Data Collection and Thesis Preparation
    • The student proceeds to his/her data collection, data analysis and thesis writing
The Work Completion Seminar
serves as a moderation process to assess whether the work done by the candidate is sufficient for the PhD degree. The candidate must pass this before their thesis is allowed to proceed to Viva Voce.

Phase 4
  • Viva Voce
    • After submitting the thesis, the students is required to attend a Viva Voce to defend his/her thesis
Assessments under the PhD programme are varied; they are based on either full coursework (100%) or a combination of coursework and final examination. The most common combination to be found is 100% for coursework. Classes are held face-to-face, and include lectures and tutorials (offline and online) during the first semester.

Students are expected to undergo a minimum of six (6) long semesters over a span of 3 years and frequently meet with the assigned supervisors. In the final Phase, students must submit a complete PhD Thesis and at the end of the programme, students would graduate with a MQA-accredited PhD from the International University of Malaya-Wales, Malaysia.
Malaysian Students

Total fees: MYR45,470

International Students

Total fees: MYR53,710

Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy (Business) programme are required to submit a comprehensive statement of the research that they propose to carry out. The proposal should comprise the following elements:
  • Field of research
  • Topic of research proposal
  • Background or a brief literature review on the research topic
  • Objective of study – Explain the objectives that influence the research
  • The Methodology of study – Explain the methods used in study
  • Work schedule
  • References
  • The research proposal should contain between 1,500 – 2,000 words or about four to six (4 – 6) pages
  • Accredited by MQA & recognised by JPA.

  • Gain a competitive edge in your career with access to industry leaders and subject matter experts.

  • Flexible schedule to suit working professionals.

  • Benefit from working with accomplished scholars and researchers who are experts in their respective fields.

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