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Doctor of Philosophy

The aims of this programme are to provide advanced knowledge through research; enabling students to gain specialist knowledge and research skills through original research at a doctoral level worthy of publication; and to foster a research culture and facilitate their contribution to new knowledge. Students are expected to pursue structured, supervised original research into one of the many economics, finance, business and management related fields in which the faculty has expertise. All theses must be written in English.

The faculty offers three PhD programmes:

  • PhD in Management
  • PhD in Economics
  • PhD in Finance

  • Programme Structure

    Students will write a thesis containing up to 100,000 words on an agreed topic under supervision over a 3-5 years (full time) or 5-7 years (part time) period. Although the programme is based entirely on research, students upon recommendation by their respective supervisor/programme leader may be directed to take selected master level modules relevant to their research topic. Students are also required to attend research seminars and workshops organized by the faculty.
    Areas of specialisation in Economics, Finance and Management are dependent on the availability of the faculty’s expertise and students’ interest. These may include:


    • Human Resource Management
    • Information and Knowledge Management
    • Environmental Management
    • Strategic Management
    • Logistic Management
    • Operations Management
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Small Business Management
    • Information Systems
    • E-Commerce/E-Business/E-Government


    • Macroeconomics
    • Microeconomics
    • Development Economics
    • Financial Economics/Econometrics
    • International Trade and Finance
    • Environmental Economics
    • Economics of Poverty
    • Econometrics
    • Time Series


    • Accounting
    • Behavioural Finance
    • Investments
    • Islamic Finance and Banking

    Admission Application

    Interested students may apply complete with a proposal and required documentations here

    It is a requirement for students applying into UBD SBE’s PhD programme to provide/submit their English language proficiency qualification, generally, in the form of:

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6 and above
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 and above
    • UBD English Proficiency Test (UBD EPT) of Grade B2 and above
    • General Certificate of Education: Ordinary Level (GCE O) with a minimum grade of Level C6
    Other English proficiency equivalents will also be considered.