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Ph.D. (Business Administration)

Offered by: Open University Malaysia (OUM)
Exam BodyInternal Postgraduate Degree, Malaysia
Course Duration4 Yrs
Part Time/Full TimePart-Time, Distance Learning ODL
FacultyCluster Business & Management
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyDoctoral Degree (Ph.D) Level
Field of StudyBusiness Management & Administration
Mode of StudyBy Research
Course Description

The objectives of the Doctor of Philosophy (Business Administration) are:

  • To enhance the research management skills in specific areas of business studies,
  • To enhance the analytical and conceptual skills in specific areas of business studies, and
  • To foster research and development of new and improved knowledge in specific areas of business studies.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Business Administration) is designed to provide a strong foundation in selected areas of business administration by learning through the various phases in the research process. 

This programme is also developed to enhance the expertise of business professionals who are inclined towards an academic career, research related careers, or human resources development in selected areas of business administration like management, marketing, finance and economics.


This programme comprised three parts:
Part I - Compulsory Core Courses
Part II - Research
Part III - Thesis Examination

Part I
Compulsory Core Courses
  Subject Name Credit Hours
A Research Methodology in Business 3
B Doctoral Seminar in Management 3
Doctoral Seminar in Marketing 3
Doctoral Seminar in Finance 3
Doctoral Seminar in Economics 3


Note: Choose 1 course

Learner can also take additional courses (optional)

Additional Courses
  Subject Name Credit Hours
A Applied Statistics 3


Part II
Subject Name Credit Hours
Master's Project 6

After completing the required courses (PART I) learners will begin the research and thesis work (PART II) under the guidance of a supervisor. Each learner will meet the assigned supervisor at least 4 times in a semester and achieve satisfactory progress in the research / thesis work before being allowed to register in the subsequent semester.

Areas of specialisations in research / thesis:

Option 1: Master's Project
1 Management (Human Resource, Organisational Behaviour, Strategy, Ethics, etc)
2 Marketing (Service, Consumer Behaviour, Strategy, etc)
3 Finance (Investment, Banking,Portfolio Management, etc)
4 Economics (Industrial Economics, Development, etc)


Part III

When the learner has completed the thesis and is ready for examination, an examining committee consisting of one internal examiner and one external examiner will be appointed to assess the thesis (PART III). The learner will be examined in the Viva Voce session.

Entry Requirements

Normal Entry

Master’s degree in related field; OR
Bachelor’s degree with first class in related field from OUM or other institutions recognized by Senate; AND
i) Registered for a Master’s degree in related field; AND
ii)Passed related qualifying examination.

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

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