Doctor of Philosophy (Business)


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

Our PhD in Business provides students with opportunities to undertake extensive investigation within a chosen business field and they are encouraged to develop new ideas or employ well thought-out methodologies to produce noteworthy theoretical and practical contributions.

Students will utilise the best-suited research design to explore and/or test informed ideas. The outcome of the  research extends the frontiers of knowledge and students will disseminate the scholarly findings to peers and practitioners, through academic and professional networks, conferences/seminars and even publications.

Sunway University has a dedicated team of academics, including some in the top 1% and 2% of scientists or those who publish in top-tier international business journals, to mentor our students along their research journey as they investigate a topic of their choice. Students may pursue a topic or an issue in which they are currently researching within their work area, in which case the PhD can also be of direct relevance to current employment. Alternatively, students can choose to undertake research in any particular area that they are passionate about.

Our students will be a part of a team of leading international scholars, who actively promote scientific, technological, social and cultural progress while shaping business, legal and societal boundaries. By the end of the research study, our graduates would have developed expertise in their 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
  • Business Lecturer
  • Business consultant
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Business Project Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Management Analyst
Estimated Total Course Fee
  • RM57,640
    for Malaysian students
  • USD13,822
    for international students
International students must pay their fees in RM equivalent. The USD here is just an indicative/estimation and subject to the prevalent exchange rate

Programme Structure

Research Methodology

In addition to the thesis component, students will be required to take Research Methodology to enhance their knowledge in research. 


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  viva voce. 

Professional Development Activities

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.

Areas of Research

We have a team of dedicated Supervisors with expertise in areas of research including (but not limited to):

Global Business
Transformative and/or digital Marketing
Energy and/or Green Finance
Sustainable Supply Chain Management
Digital Automation
Corporate Social Responsibility and/or ESG
Diversity and Inclusion
Modern workplace behaviour
Talent Management
Financial Reporting and Disclosure
Student studying

Entry Requirements

  • A Master’s degree in related fields as accepted by the University Senate; OR
  • A Master’s degree in non-related fields as accepted by the University 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 University 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

Application Procedure

Candidates are requested to send the completed application with the following supporting documents to Doctor of Philosophy (Business) at @email

  1. Sunway postgraduate application form
  2. A copy of National Identity Card (Malaysians only) or Passport (all pages for international students)
  3. Certified copies of transcripts of Master’s and undergraduate degrees
  4. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  5. IELTS score or its equivalent (if relevant)
  6. Two (2) passport-sized photographs
  7. Research proposal in softcopy 

Research proposal, which includes

  • Working title
  • Nature of the research that interest you and why; and 
  • References to anything you have read relevant to this research area
  • Word count: Maximum 1,000 words 


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Contact Information

For more information, please email:

Programme Administrator  
Loke Bee Khum  
Email: @email

Programme Administrator  
Norhaniza Abdul Latiff  
Email: @email

Programme Leader  
Professor Yuka Fujimoto  
Email: @email

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarship Available

Eligibility Criteria for Bursary or Scholarship


Programme: Master by Research and PhD   
Mode of study: Full-time   
Financial Support:

  • Master by Research: 30% tuition fee waiver 
  • PhD: 50% tuition fee waiver 

Award Criteria: Sunway graduates who are meeting the entry requirement for the Master by Research or PhD programmes


Programme: Master by Research and PhD   
Mode of study: Full-time   
Financial Support:

  • Master by Research: 60% tuition fee waiver 
  • PhD: 100% tuition fee waiver 

Award Criteria: Sunway graduates who are meeting the entry requirement for the Master by Research or PhD programmes. CGPA >= 3.5 or Merit (or equivalent)


Programme: Master by Research and PhD   
Mode of study: Full-time   
Financial Support:

  • Master by Research: Not eligible
  • PhD: 100% tuition fee waiver including registration and resource fees. Cost of living allowance of RM3,000 per month for 36 months

Award Criteria: Sunway graduates who are meeting the entry requirement for the PhD programmes.   
CGPA >= 3.5 or Merit (or equivalent). One (1) published journal article indexed in WOS/Scopus as first or corresponding author. Eligible applicants will be interviewed, and Studentship awards will be given on a competitive basis

*Bursary is only offered to Sunway graduates from Sunway Education Group higher education institutions.   
**Scholarship is open to Sunway and non-Sunway graduates


For more information about the scholarships and financial aid, please visit the SEG Scholarships website.

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