Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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.


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 Research Methodology 
  • SCLE6014 Academic Writing

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.



     Contact: Dr. Sahar E-Vahdati
     Phone: +604 928 7146
     Email: sahar.evahdati@uum.edu.my


Entry Requirements

Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme under OYAGSB and UUMCOB must possess:

  1. a master’s degree from Universiti Utara Malaysia or any other institutions of higher learning recognised by the University Senate. For a master degree with CGPA, the minimum CGPA is 3.00; or
  2. a bachelor's degree with CGPA of at least 3.67/ First Class or equivalent from Universiti Utara Malaysia or any other institutions of higher learning recognised by the University Senate and pass the interview conducted by the Postgraduate Committee; or
  3. any other equivalent qualifications recognised by the University Senate; and
  4. fulfil the English language requirement as set by the University Senate.

Additional requirement for PhD candidate under OYAGSB and UUMCOB:

  1. The applicants should attach a motivational letter and research proposal.
  2. The applicants must propose supervisors' name who have already agreed with the research topic.
  3. For those who are short listed will be called for an interview session.

Financial Requirement

  1. For sponsored applicant : Letter of Undertaking
  2. For self sponsored :
    1. ASEAN countries: Minimum balance of USD2,500.00 in own account
    2. Non ASEAN countries : Minimum balance of USD5,000.00 in own account

If you need help or more information during the application process, please feel free to contact us via phone or email. (+604-928 7111/7120/7121 or oyagsb@uum.edu.my)

All International postgraduate students should meet any one of the following English Language requirements set by the University before they are accepted for admission.

For direct admission, International Postgraduate Students must have obtained one of the following: 

  1. 550 in the TOEFL Paper Based Test; OR
  2. 80 in the TOEFL Internet Based Test; OR
  3. Band 6.0 in the IELTS; OR
  4. A degree from any Public University in Malaysia with English as a language of instruction; OR
  5. A degree from any of the countries below where English is the language of instruction in their educational system.

Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Botswana, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Island, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guernsey, Guyana, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Jersey, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Montserrat, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, U.S Virgin Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Each application should enclose proof of payment of processing fee :

MYR100.00 (for local applicant); OR
MYR125.00 @ USD35.00* (for applicant from ASEAN Country); OR
MYR175.00 @ USD50.00* (for applicant from Non ASEAN Country).

*Payment in USD is only applicable for payment made from outside Malaysia

Payment can be made by the following methods :

  1. At UUM payment counter; OR
  2. Online payment in favour of Universiti Utara Malaysia
    at https://e-com.uum.edu.my/ OR
  3. At any Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (BIMB) branch. Specify payee code 340 in the column “Pay For” on the Bill Payment Slip; OR
  4. Through Telegraph Transfer for payment from outside Malaysia :

    Universiti Utara Malaysia

    Bank Name
    Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad

    Account Number
    0209 - 3010 - 0000 - 10

    Bank Branch / Address
    Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (BIMB)
    UUM Branch,
    Universiti Utara Malaysia
    06010 Sintok, Kedah

    Swift Code

    Bank Tel. No.
    04 - 928 2650 / 2651 / 2652

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The cost of higher education is increasing, either due to inflation or other economic factors. As such, with the increasing cost of education and the demand of higher education, education scholarships and study loans becomes an essential.

For Local Students

  1. MyBRAIN15 (MyPh.D/ MyMASTER/ Ph.D Industry) under the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE). 
  2. National Science Fellowship (NSF) under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia (MOSTI).
  3. PTPTN under Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional, Malaysia. 

For International Students

  1. Malaysia International Scholarship under the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), Malaysia.
  2. Commonwealth Scholarship And Fellowship Plan (CSFP) Tenable In Malaysia under the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) Malaysia, for students from the Commonwealth Countries. 

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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 (Kampus Kuala Lumpur)
27-1B Tingkat 1, Wisma Sri Muda (UUMKL Menara 2)
Jalan Raja Muda Abd Aziz, Kampung Baru
50300 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
TEL: +604-928 7192/7194

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