Our PhD (Project Management) programme is designed to provide students with a globally versatile education with advanced knowledge and skills in management practice and research. The programme is designed with extensive academic rigour to benefit those across various disciplines.
Besides being taught advanced skills in research, candidates will develop project management skills and a scholarly level of awareness on managerial issues in industry. This will enable them to demonstrate the key principles of project management across various functional areas such as Development Project Planning, Change Management, Risk Management, Time Management, Planning and Development, Waste Management, Construction Management, Sustainability, Quality Management Plan and Communication management, in any company or any industry. The programme equips candidates with a seasoned practitioner’s insight as well as the skills to exploit their specialist knowledge for research endeavours that can benefit both academic pursuits and industrial practice.
English language competency requirements for international students:
- A Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) in a related discipline accepted by the Senate; OR
- Other equivalent qualifications recognised by the Government of Malaysia; OR
- Candidates without a related qualification in the field/s or working experience in the relevant fields must undergo an appropriate prerequisite course determined by HEP.
- Candidates with excellent Bachelor’s degree (Level 6, MQF) based on the following conditions:
I. A bachelor’s degree in the field or related fields with first-class (CGPA of 3.67 or higher) or its equivalent; AND
II. Subject to rigorous internal assessment (includes submission of 3000-word research proposal).
- Minimum IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 600 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
Coursework (Two core courses)
- Research Process and Academic Writing
- Research Design and Methodology
Data Collection and Thesis Preparation
- Each student must present and defend his/her PhD research proposal. The student is only allowed to continue with his/her research to Phase Ill on passing of the defence of his/her proposal
- The student proceeds to his/her data collection, data analysis and thesis writing
- After submitting the thesis, the students is required to attend a Viva Voce to defend his/her thesis
Assessments under the Doctor of Philosophy in Project Management aim to produce scholarly graduates with in depth specialisation and research skills related to Project Management field. PhD candidates are required to attend lectures/seminars for; Research Process and Academic Writing, and Research Design and Methodology. PhD candidates are expected to demonstrate their understanding through several forms of assessments, including critical review of published articles, research colloquium, proposal defence and research project (thesis writing) with viva voce.
The minimum and maximum period of studies are as follows:-
Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy (Project Management) 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 such as library research, lab work, field work, etc.
- Work schedule
- Equipment required (where applicable)
- Brief bibliography
- The research proposal should contain between 1,500 – 2,000 words or about four to six (4 – 6) pages