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Our Doctor of Philosophy in Business is specifically designed for individuals who aspire to acquire advanced research skills and explore scientific knowledge in various functional areas of business. We provide you with the opportunity to cultivate expansive intellectual thinking, enhancing the body of knowledge in business disciplines such as entrepreneurship, human capital, financial economics, investment, supply chain, marketing, and managerial leadership.


As a doctoral student in our programme, you will have the freedom to delve deep into your chosen research area. We believe in empowering you to contribute to the advancement of business knowledge through rigorous research, critical analysis, and the generation of new insights.


Intake Month

February, April, June, September and October

Study Options

Full time or part time

Study Programme

3 to 6-year (full time)

4 to 8-year (part time)



2 Modes

Normal and Prior Publication

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Key Highlights of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD in Business)

FAQ for Prior Publication Mode

As a doctoral student in business, you will embark on a research journey that will deepen your understanding of the field and make significant contributions to knowledge. Our programme is designed to provide you with a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment, allowing you to thrive as a researcher and innovator.



Full time

3 – 6 years 

Part time

4 – 8 years

Note: All information is subject to change. Readers are responsible for verifying information that pertains to them by contacting the university.

Key Research Areas

Key Research Areas

At Taylor's University, we believe research can help shape the future. Our postgraduate research programmes cover a broad range of topics with the aim to help shape the future in the aspects of society, technology, economy, and environment.


Interested to know more?



  • Accounting Information Systems and Risk Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Reporting
  • Market Based Accounting Research


Banking and Finance

  • Corporate and Personal Finance
  • Electronic Banking
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Islamic Finance
  • Microfinance
  • Money Laundering
  • Productivity and Efficiency of Financial Institutions
  • Risk Disclosure Practices of IPO and PLC
  • Risk Management and Supervision of Financial Institution


Consumer Behaviour

  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Influence of Behaviour upon Society
  • Personal Motivation
  • Place and Space
  • Tourist and Leisure Behaviour



  • Business Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Energy Economics
  • International Economics
  • International Macroeconomics (Exchange Rate Management and East Asian Financial-Capital Market Integration)
  • International Trade
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Statics
  • Tourism Economics



  • International Marketing
  • Services Marketing



  • Employment and Training Opportunities in South East Asia
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Management
  • Human resource management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Poverty Alleviation via Tourism
  • Real Estate Development
  • Strategic Management
  • Sustainable and Responsible Tourism

Note: All information is subject to change. Readers are responsible for verifying information that pertains to them by contacting the university.

Hiring Graduate Students

Hiring Graduate Students

More than 300 postgraduates have chosen Taylor's to fulfill their research aspiration. Join us and contribute to our innovative and progressive research projects here.

We offered two entry pathway for this PhD programme, which is normal mode and prior to publication mode. Our PhD by Prior Publication mode provides a unique pathway for you to achieve a Doctoral award based on your existing body of work. We recognise the value of your prior publications and include them as a significant part of your submission for the Doctoral award.

Normal Mode

Normal Mode

You need to fulfill one of the requirements below: 

  • Masters in the related discipline; OR
  • Passed Bachelor's degree with min. CGPA 3.67 and Registered as a Masters candidate and passed related qualifying assessment OR
  • Any other equivalent qualification recognized by Malaysian government or accepted by the Taylor's University Senate and Any of condition of the above would require student's research proposal to be approved.


International Students

For international students: IELTS 6.0 (May join IEN preparatory course and achieve the IELTS score)



Accelerated PhD Programme

Bachelor's degree candidates who are registered for master's degree programmes may apply to convert to the doctoral degree programmes subjected to the following conditions:

  • Within 1 year for full time and within 2 years for part-time candidates
  • Having shown competency and capability in conducting research at doctoral level through rigorous internal evaluation
  • Approval of the Taylor’s University Senate



If Your Bachelor Degree Are From Different Fields

   1. Students without a qualification in the related fields or relevant working experience requires to undergo and pass a bridging module.

   2. Students without a qualification in the related field but with relevant working experience requires to fulfil the following conditions:

  • CGPA above 2.50 must have at least one (1) year of relevant working experience; or
  • CGPA 2.00 to 2.50 must have at least five (5) years of relevant working experience;

   3. In addition, students will need to undergo a rigorous internal assessment

Note: All information is subject to change. Readers are responsible for verifying information that pertains to them by contacting the university.

Prior Publication Mode

Prior Publication Mode

You will need to fulfill one of the below

  • Obtain a master's degree in the field or related fields accepted by the HEP Senate
  • Obtain other qualifications equivalent to a master's degree recognised by the Government of Malaysia


Candidates without a related qualification in the field/s or working experience in the relevant fields must undergo appropriate prerequisite courses determined by the HEP



In addition to the above criteria, those who want to join Doctoral Degree by Retrospective or Prior Publication mode must include the below to the formal application:


  1. Minimum of 5 publications in alignment with the theme of the specialisation;
  2. An executive summary of the above publications establishing
  3. The theme that connects the published works to be submitted (up to 1,000 words);
  4. Contribution to knowledge in the field of the proposed area of study (up to 1,000 words)
  5. A list of scholarly published work;
  6. Curriculum Vitae (CV)


For international candidates, evidence of English Language Proficiency as determined by the intake standards approved by the Senate


A Selection Committee must be established to review the formal application for PhD by Retrospective or Prior Publication and recommend to the Senate to obtain approval.


Criteria for published works

  1. Published work must encompass high-quality journals, monographs, books, research-based chapters in books, electronic publications which have not been used to obtain other awards or deemed a part of those awards.
  2. The publications must be published within a period not exceeding ten (10) years from the date of submission.
  3. For the five (5) nominated publications, the candidate must be the principal author with the contributions of others clearly defined.

Note: All information is subject to change. Readers are responsible for verifying information that pertains to them by contacting the university.

When you've successfully completed this Doctor of Philosophy in Business programme, you could embark on any of these exciting careers, including:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Product Manager
  • Economist
  • Investment Fund Manager
  • Statistician
  • Corporate Treasurer
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Chartered Accountant

How long is the candidature?

How long is the candidature?

The minimum duration of candidature is 6 months and must not exceed 2 years.

What are the criteria for the award of the degree?

What are the criteria for the award of the degree?

The minimum requirement for the award of the degree is to: 


  1. Pass thesis examination and viva-voce/ oral examination.
  2. Confirmation of meeting minimum candidature period (from the first day of intake commencement to confirmation of satisfactory amendment of thesis/dissertation by examiners).
How will progression tracking be done?

How will progression tracking be done?

Progression tracking is done by monitoring of research progress periodically through:


  1. Regular consultation with the supervisors (supervisor-supervisee log);
  2. Progress report; and Seminars (research seminar, thesis completion seminar).

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business

I am Approximate Total Fees (Normal Mode) Approximate Total Fees (Prior Publication Mode)
Local Student
MYR 49,050 (Full-Time)
MYR 39,400 (Part-Time)
MYR 35,968 (Full-Time)
International Student
USD 15,321 (Full-Time)
USD 11,169 (Full-Time)

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Note: Fees will be reviewed annually. For the avoidance of doubt, Taylor’s reserves the right to revise the fee payable for any given semester.