Programme Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration prepares candidates to acquire knowledge and skills necessary to function at the highest academic and professional levels. Exposure in the areas of management will be in-depth, whereby graduates will focus on a specialised area and will work to further develop their conceptual and intellectual knowledge and methodological tools necessary to design and conduct independent research.

Duration of Study

Full time : 3 – 5 years
Part time : 4 – 6 years

  • A Master's Degree in Business Administration or relevant field from any Malaysian government accredited institution; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications approved by the Senate of IUKL
  • Sufficient mastery of the English language is required
  • For local applicants, sufficient mastery of the English language is required OR credit in Bahasa Inggeris during SPM or score BAND 3 in MUET
  • International applicants who originate from a country where English is the native language; OR are required to have a minimum score of TOEFL 550 OR IELTS 6.0.; OR have attained a degree from a university where the medium of instruction is in English.
  • Every PhD student in Business Administration is required to write a thesis as a  requirement for the award of the doctoral degree. This is an academic research whereby a student has to complete a thesis in the specific area selected.
  • Students will be supervised by a Supervisory Committee (in related field) led by a Chairman with two other joint supervisors as determined by IUKL.
  • A student has to write and complete a thesis between 80,000 - 120,000 words (double-spaced). Thesis evaluation will be done by two external examiners and one internal examiner.

Course Structure

Phase I: Coursework (12 credit hours)

  • Postgraduate Research Methodology
  • Qualitative Analysis for PhD
  • Quantitative Analysis for PhD
  • Based on specialisation (To choose one)***
  • Current Issues in Organizational Behavior
  • Current Issues in Marketing
  • Current Issues in Finance
  • Current Issues in Accounting

Phase II: Proposal Defense

Phase III: Thesis

***Based on specialisation (to choose one)
- Current Issues in Organizational Behaviour
- Current Issues in Marketing
- Current Issues in Finance
- Current Issues in Accounting

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Other related field of Business Administration
Tuition Fees RM30,000.00
Deposit (Refundable) RM300.00
Insurance RM70.00/year

To view complete fee structure for Malaysian Students, please click HERE
To view complete fee structure for International Students, please click HERE

Medical Examination: RM265.00/year

Tuition Fees RM31,500.00
Caution Fee (Refundable) RM1,500.00
International Student Administrative Fee RM5,000.00
Medical Insurance RM530.00/year
Visa Processing Fee RM381.60/year

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