jesselton university college

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Management



3-5 Years Full-Time or Equivalent

Mode of Study

Full-time and Part-time


All Year Round

Entry Requirement

• A Master’s degree...(Level 7, MQF) in Management or other related discipline accepted by the Senate; OR

• A Master’s degree in non-related fields with relevant working experience can be accepted, subject to a rigorous internal assessment; OR

• A Master’s degree in non-related fields without relevant working experience, subject to passing prerequisite course; OR • Other equivalent qualifications recognised by the Government of Malaysia.

• Candidates with excellent Bachelor’s degree (Level 6, MQF) based on the following conditions: I. Obtained first class honours Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification; OR II. Obtained CGPA of at least 3.67 or equivalent; AND III. Subject to rigorous internal assessment (includes submission of 3000-word research proposal).

English language competency requirements for international students:

• Proof of English proficiency certification will be required e.g IELTS, MUET, TOEFL, Linguaskill

• English language requirements can be waived if the international student EITHER comes from a country that uses English as the official language OR the entry qualification uses English as the medium of instruction

Course Information

The research programme leading up to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Management is designed for ambitious graduates wishing to do academic research in, or teach as, professors of management/business. Emphasizing mastery of the concepts and skills relevant to business and management, this doctoral programme will equip you with the relevant background theory and technical knowledge for field research into business management.

Research Proposal

Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Management 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 the study
  • Work schedule
  • References
  • The research proposal should contain between 1,500 – 2,000 words or about four (4) pages
Programme Modules

Phase 1

Research Methodology workshop


The Colloquium allows students to gain public speaking experience, learn about student research from fields within and outside their academic discipline, and experience judging methods used by professional panels for national and international meetings.

Phase 2

Proposal Defence

Each student must submit the first three chapters of his or her thesis for internal assessment. They must then present and defend their PhD research proposal. The student is only allowed to continue with the research to Phase 3 on the passing of the defence of their proposal.

Phase 3

Data Collection and Thesis Preparation

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

International Conference and Journal publication

Students are encouraged to both present their papers at international conferences and publish their research findings in Scopus-indexed journals.

Phase 4

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


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