Doctor of Business Administration

JPT/BPP (N/345/8/1087)06/28, (MQA/PA14339)

Attaining a doctorate degree means you have achieved the highest formal degree in your field. Nilai University’s doctorate programme is designed for graduates and professionals who aim to improve career advancement, management skills, and a higher position of leadership, entrepreneurship, and practical experience in your field. The doctorate programme enables you to appraise the relevance of current and emerging challenges and opportunities, formulate effective solutions for real-world issues and problems, apply current research to practical problems, and design research that expands the body of knowledge in your field.

Programme Highlights

  • Accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and approved by the Ministry of Education (MOE).
  • Modular type of delivery for the taught courses.
  • Access to the physical and library e-journals.
    Intake Periods
    Entry Requirements
    • A Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) in related fields as accepted by the University’s Senate;
    • A Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) in non-related fields as accepted by the University’s Senate, subject to having relevant working experience and rigorous internal assessment
    • A Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) in non-related fields as accepted by the University’s Senate and without the relevant working experience, and subject to passing pre-requisite courses
    • Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree (Level 7, MQF) recognised by the Malaysia Government

    Additional requirement:

    • A curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume
    • A statement of research intent, describing what you want to accomplish in your doctoral research.


    English Language Requirements

    (for international students)*

    IELTS 6.0
    TOEFL 550 (PBT) / 79 (iBT)
    Pearson 50
    MUET 4

    The entry requirements serve as a guideline. The conditions would require a student’s research proposal to be approved.

    Programme Module

    Core Subjects

    • Leadership and Entrepreneurship
    • Human Resource Management
    • Development in Corporate Accounting
    • Economics Analysis for Management
    • Marketing and Brand Management
    • Operations Management
    • Business Strategy and Innovation
    • Research Methodology

    Programme Structure

    Year 1

    Semester 1

    • Leadership and Entrepreneurship,
    • Human Resource management,
    • Developments in Corporate Accounting

    Semester 2

    • Economics Analysis for Management,
    • Marketing and Brand Management
    • Operations Management

    Semester 3

    • Business Strategy and Innovation
    • Research Methodology

    Year 2

    • Research Proposal and Research Defence

    Year 3

    • Data Collection, Research Analysis, and Viva Voce.

    Overall Total Credit: 80 credits

    Learning Outcomes

    • Critique theories and concepts in business;
    • Refine theories and concepts in the decision-making process in the business environment;
    • Design appropriate research methods;
    • Conducts research with minimal supervision and adheres to legal, ethical and professional practices;
    • Demonstrates mastery of qualitative and quantitative research skills;
    • Interpret research findings and recommend solutions using scientific and critical thinking skills; and
    • Demonstrate managerial and leadership qualities by communicating and working effectively.
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    3-4 years
    Duration of Study

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