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This is a three-year Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration with specialisations in various areas to suit your requirements.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration

About this Course

This is a three-year Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration with specialisations in various areas to suit your requirements.

The PhD in Business Administration is a postgraduate doctorate that should take – from enrolment to graduation – 3 years.  The programme is designed in compliance with the Malaysian Qualification Framework (MQF) with 80 credits at the Doctorate level (Level 8).  It consists of compulsory modules, electives and a thesis.

The stages of the PhD are:

Stage 1 – Compulsory Course Work / Taught modules;

Stage 2 – Research; and

Stage 3 – Thesis Examination.

  1. This stage has 4 compulsory coursework modules and a Doctoral Seminar.  You must complete the compulsory course work in the first and second semesters (i.e. you will complete 2 modules a semester with each semester consisting of about 14 teaching weeks).

    GPPJ7119 – Applied Statistics (4CH)

    GPRE7103 – Academics Writing in Disciplines (4CH)

    GPAS7103 – Business Research Methodology (4CH)

    GPPJ7104 – Competitive & Business Strategy (4CH)

    EPDS7103 – Doctoral Seminar (4CH)

    You must complete and pass the Stage 1 qualifying examinations within 24 months from the date of first registration. No extensions are usually given to complete Stage 1.

    This qualifying examination consists of the following components:

    • Checking the written report in respect of the research proposal paper
    • Oral examination of the research proposal paper (1st Oral Defence)

    Following the evaluation and approval of the research proposal paper, candidates can proceed to Stage

  2. If you do not pass in the qualifying examination at the first attempt, you are given two further attempts to pass it.

  1. At Stage 2 you will undertake the research pursuant to the approved Research Proposal of your Thesis. This research stage may be carried out on site / at your workplace. The Research monitoring work will be managed by a field supervisor approved and appointed by the university.

    The Research supervision processes are as follows:

    1. Four or more meetings with the Supervisor each semester
    2. At the end of every semester, you are required to prepare a written report (Research Progress Report Form) to chart your progress. There should be at least 2 semesters per year at Stage 2
    3. Your Supervisor must confirm the research report and issue a Satisfactory (‘C’) grade. On your draft being approved by your Supervisor, you may proceed to Stage 3. The Supervisor can only approve a draft after 24 months from the date of your registration for the PhD

    You will need to complete and file a Progress Form with the Thesis Supervising Committee before being allowed to proceed to Stage 3.

The Final submitted Thesis should not exceed 50,000 words and will accrue 60 credits.

At this stage, you should show progress in the Thesis, and your Supervisor and/or the Thesis Supervising Committee will confirm your Thesis progress.

You should then complete a Readiness Form before taking the final Thesis examination.

The Thesis Supervising Committee will appoint an External Examiner and an Internal Examiner to check that your thesis has been prepared for examination as prescribed by the Thesis Guidelines and rules. The External Examiner and the Internal Examiner are required to prepare for you an independent written examination report on your Thesis and send it to the Thesis Supervising Committee.

A viva examination will then be conducted in the presence of the External Examiner.

You shall be considered as having graduated with the PhD after successfully completing the viva voce examination and having submitted the corrected Thesis as stipulated in the reports given by both the External and Internal Examiners.

Registered students can choose to undertake research specialisations in the following areas:

  • Educational Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Marketing
  • Accounting& Finance
  • Business Ethics & Law
  • Management
  • Decision Science
  • Master’s degree from recognized institution
  • Upon successfully completing the Program, you will be awarded the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by North Borneo University College, an Internationally recognised University by The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU, UK). Established in 2006, first private university established in State of Sabah recognised by Ministry of Education, Malaysia under Private Higher Educational Institutional Act 1996.

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