Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business

Doctor of Philosophy

Our PhD programme is an advanced degree that entails individual research which should generate new knowledge. OYAGSB supervises candidates in the following niche areas: Business Information System, Leadership and Organisational Behaviour, Consumer and Market Analysis, Financial Analysis and Policy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Industrial and Development Economics, Corruption and Accounting Fraud, Corporate Governance and Contemporary and Critical Accounting, Operations, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Global Human Capital and Talent Management, Critical Islamic Finance and Banking, and Business Communication Strategy.

Programme Objectives

To develop students with strong research skills and advanced knowledge in their area of study. OYAGSB PhD students are expected to become critical, ethical, responsible and responsive independent researchers and use the acquired research skills and knowledge to make a difference in business and society.

Target Audience

Our programme welcomes anyone interested in enhancing their research skills and subject expertise for the betterment of business or society at large and furthering the boundaries of knowledge.

Programme Structure

Our Programme is a research-based degree that has two key components: coursework and thesis. Before undertaking research, students are required to pass two compulsory courses of 8 credits where they will acquire necessary research skills to undertake independent research.

Pre-requisite Courses (8 credits)

  • SZRZ6014 Academic Writing
  • SCLE6014 Research Methodology

Research students are strongly encouraged to attend specialist research training and seminars focussing on various aspects of the research process, such as developing a research proposal and statement of a research problem, writing a literature review, developing research instruments/instrumentation, identifying population and sample, conducting data collection, analysing qualitative and quantitative data, etc.

Study Plan

Semester 1 (8 credits)

  • SZRZ6014 Academic Writing
  • SCLE6014 Research Methodology

Semester 2 (minimum) – Semester 6 (maximum)

  • Research colloquium
  • Proposal defence

Semester 3 (minimum) – Semester 10 (maximum)

  • Dissertation writing
  • Viva-voce examination

Admission Requirements

For information about our admission requirements, please click here. Please note that all shortlisted applicants will be interviewed as part of the selection process.

Applicants are also advised to observe the following when applying:

  • Provide a letter of motivation and research proposal (min. 1,000 words). Those whose proposal passes initial screening by the Programme Director will be called for an interview (in person or virtually).
  • Propose a potential supervisor, preferably who has already agreed to supervise the applicant. Applicants should visit the School’s website to identify the potential supervisor they would like to work with.

Estimated Tuition Fee

Local students: RM12,850.00

Overseas students: RM16,580.00

(Note. Fees are subject to review).

Apply Online

To apply online, please click here.

Please make sure that you have the necessary documents to upload when you fill in the online application.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the PhD Programme Director:

Associate Professor Dr Zaleha Othman

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: +60 4 928 7128

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Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business (OYAGSB)
Universiti Utara Malaysia
06010 UUM Sintok
Kedah Darul Aman Malaysia
TEL: +604 928 7130/7113/7120/7121
FAX: +604 928 7160
EMAIL: oyagsb@uum.edu.my

Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business (OYAGSB)
Universiti Utara Malaysia
41-3 Jalan Raja Muda Abd Aziz
50300 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
TEL: +603 26103060