Doctor of Philosophy (Business) |

Doctor of Philosophy (Business)

N/340/8/0731 08/25 (PA9619)
Course Overview

If you are committed to research that makes a difference not to philosophy but also practice of business themselves, then you should enroll yourself in this Doctor of Philosophy (Business) program. In this doctoral program, you will work towards producing a substantial work that makes novel contribution to the subject knowledge. You will conduct research under a supportive research environment and remained closely supervised by an academic expert. You will make original contribution to the key areas of this discipline.
Key Research Area
  • Contemporary Management and International Business Issues
  • Business and Marketing Channel
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Financial Metrics
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Technology and Innovation
Global supervision team
You will be supervised by active and experienced supervisor in KDU, and gain access and guidance from potential co-supervisor by partner university located in UK. Interaction with supervisors from different discipline enhance your learning opportunities, and allow you to progress in diverse and interdisciplinary research.
Excellence Research Culture
We are committed in providing extensive training and support to all postgraduate students. You will learn research methodology and analysis method through core modules. Student will also receive training sessions; including inventive problem solving approach, project management, scholarship and research funding application, English writing, communication skills and information research and retrieval. Series of research seminars, workshops and talks will be available, enhance and stimulating research culture in KDU Penang.
Program Structure
3 - 6 years (FT)
4 - 8 years (PT)
KDU Penang University College
Mode of Delivery/Teaching & Learning Methods
Lecture and Supervision
Programme Structure (Full time / Part time)
Research MethodsCompulsory4
Qualitative Methods*Compulsory4
Quantitative Methods*Compulsory4
*Student will need to choose either one of these subjects based on the research project.
Entry Requirement
  • Master’s Degree
  • A Master’s Degree in a business or related field as accepted by the Senate;
  • Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s Degree as accepted by the Senate.

  • There shall be no direct entry from Bachelor’s Degree level to Doctoral Degree level.
  • However, candidates with Bachelor’s Degree qualification, registered for Master’s Degree by Research programmes may apply to convert their candidacy to Doctoral Degree programmes.
  • Application of conversation must be done within one year after candidates registers for Master’s Degree programmes.
  • Application approval is subject to:
  1. Having shown competency and capability in conducting research at Doctoral Degree level;
  2. Rigorous internal assessment by the HEP; and
  3. Approval by the Senate.
English Proficiency Requirement
  • Local Students
  • MUET Band 2; or
  • IELTS Band 5; or
  • TOEFL CBT (180) / IBT (57); or
  • Recognized Master (conducted in English); or
  • KDU English Entrance Test 67
  • International Students
  • IELTS Band 6; or
  • TOEFL PBT (488) / IBT (58); or
  • Cambridge English CAE (169); or
  • Cambridge English CPE (180); or
  • PTE Academic 54; or
  • MUET Band 5
Fees & Intakes
  • 2 Jan & 1 July
  • RM29,300 (FT - Local)
  • RM33,100 (PT - Local)
  • RM35,550 (FT - International)

Talk to us about our easily accessible discounts and scholarships. Most students are successful in securing a significant reduction in their tuition fees, with KDU Penang in 2018 issuing more than RM7 million in scholarships! More information on our scholarships is available here.

Finance should not be a barrier to enrolling in this programme.