Doctor of Philosophy (Business)

Sunway University Business School


About The Programme

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the highest level of academic qualification one can achieve. This qualification sets you apart as having developed an exhaustive understanding of your selected focus area in the discipline of business studies, placing you at the forefront of your chosen field of research.

Our PhD in Business provides you with opportunities to undertake extensive investigation within your chosen business field and you are encouraged to develop new ideas or employ well thought-out methodologies to produce noteworthy theoretical and practical contributions. You will utilise the best-suited research design to explore and/or test informed ideas. The outcome of your research extends the frontiers of knowledge and you will disseminate the scholarly findings to peers and practitioners, through academic and professional networks, conferences/seminars and even publications.

The University has a dedicated team of academicians to mentor you along your research journey, as you investigate a topic of your choice. You may pursue a topic or an issue in which you are currently researching within your work place, in which case your PhD can also be of direct relevance to your current employment. Alternatively, you can choose to undertake research in any particular area you are passionate about.

You will be a part of an elite group of respected scholars, who actively promote scientific, technological, social and cultural progress whilst also shaping business, legal and societal boundaries. By the end of your study, you would have developed expertise in your chosen field and be well-equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and personal attributes to carry out independent research.




January & July



3 Years (full-time)
4 Years (part-time)


Career Prospects

Doctoral graduates are highly trained specialists in their fields. You may enter careers in academia, research or consulting as well as undertake specialist roles, for example as analysts in investment banking.



Students pursuing the PhD (Business) programme shall undertake an in-depth study on a particular research topic, the findings of which shall be submitted in the form of a thesis. The thesis must be defended in an oral examination, called a viva voce. In addition to the thesis component, students will be required to take one (1) audit subject, namely Research Methodology, to enhance their knowledge in research. The audit subject is not graded, but must be successfully completed. Candidates are also required to participate in academic activities, such as workshops, seminars, conferences and talks in various fields of study to enhance their knowledge, skills and experiences.

  • Banking
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Corporate Governance
  • Finance
  • Green Supply Chain Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Industrial Relations
  • International Trade
  • Marketing Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Services Marketing
  • Strategic Management


Entry Requirement

  • A Master’s degree in related fields as accepted by the HEP Senate; or
  • A Master’s degree in non-related fields as accepted by the HEP Senate, subject to having at least 2 years of work experience in the relevant field and passed an internal assessment; or
  • A Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) in non-related fields as accepted by the HEP Senate and without relevant working experience, subject to passing prerequisite courses; or
  • Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) recognised by the Malaysian Government.


English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 7.0 or equivalent 


Candidates who have completed a Master’s degree, or equivalent in english would have met the language requirements.

For further information and to arrange for an appointment to meet with Professor Yuka Fujimoto (Programme Leader), please email to


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