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Exam BodyIUMW, Malaysia
Course Duration3 years / 6 sem
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
Fees42,490 / Course
Fees (International Student)49,750 / Course
CampusIUMW City Campus
FacultyIUMW Business School
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyDoctoral Degree (Ph.D) Level
Field of StudyBusiness Management & Administration
Mode of StudyBy Research; Thesis and Viva Voce
Course Description

At IUMW, our main business is to provide you with a high-quality, globally versatile education. 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 a variety of 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.


Phase 1

Coursework (Two core courses)

  • Research Process and Academic Writing
  • Research Design and Methodology

Phase 2

Proposal Defence

  • 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

Phase 3

Data Collection and Thesis Preparation

  • The student proceeds to his/her data collection, data analysis and thesis writing

Phase 4

Viva Voce

  • After submitting the thesis, the students is required to attend a Viva Voce to defend his/her thesis


Research Proposal

Applicants for Doctor of Philoshopy (Business) programme are required to submit a comprehensive statement of the research which 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
Entry Requirements

Malaysian Students

  • A Master’s degree in a business or a related field as accepted by the University Senate or other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree as accepted by the University Senate.

International Students

  • Master’s degree accepted by the HEP Senate and pass IELTS with band 6 or better, or TOEFL with a minimum score of 550.

English Competency Requirements

All international students are bound to the English Competency requirement set by the University and the Malaysian Qualification Agency except those who are:

  • From countries where English is the official language; OR
  • From an academic institution which uses English as its main medium of instruction.

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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