As Malaysia continues its progress into a knowledge based economy, the understanding of business principles is paramount and inevitable as this knowledge will be used to produce tailored made business solutions to cater to the local economy. A PhD in Business will develop potential expertise to adapt to current business needs and changes as the program employs a digital and technology-based approach to supervision and independent learning.


Why study PhD in Business?

Here’s why you should consider a PhD in Business:

  • You will have the opportunity to network – In the business world, having a wide range of contacts is an advantage. Your PhD classmates will likely be your competitor and or colleagues in the future. You will also be able expand your network at academic conferences that you attend as part of a PhD course. 
  • You will stand out from your peers – The majority of those who are looking for jobs have diplomas and degrees. These days, even MBAs are common. A business PhD however, is quite rare. It helps you to stand out and shows that you are serious about what you want to achieve. 
  • Increase your salary potential – Many corporations automatically pay higher salaries when you have a postgraduate degree. You will also feel more confident asking for a higher salary with a PhD in hand. 
  • You will have the opportunity to climb the corporate ladder – The experience you have from earning your PhD will help you to succeed fast and open doors to promotions. 
  • You can hone your skills and choose to specialise on a topic – A PhD in Business will give you the access to resources that will help you to sharpen your skills and expertise in this area. You will be able to take time to really explore your specialization. 
  • You will have the opportunity to teach – Graduate students have the opportunity to teach courses or assist professors with teaching. A PhD in business administration and some teaching experience will open the door to the academic world. 
  • You will have the opportunity to meet role models – The business world is full of inspirational success stories. You will get to meet many who have succeeded, as well as those who have failed and picked themselves up again in the course of completing your PhD. 


Why should I choose UOW Malaysia for the course?

Postgraduates undertaking the PhD (Business) at UOW Malaysia are requires to complete an original research project under the guidance of an expert supervisor. The research project prepares graduates to develop subject expertise in their unique, chosen field.

At UOW Malaysia, the PhD (Business) pull expertise from various Schools in UOW Malaysia and emphasizes a multi-disciplinary, cross-functional approach to harness the novelty of the student’s project in delivering business value. The program employs a digital and technology-based approach to supervision and independent learning.


University Award:

Program information

  • Grooming Business Leaders for the Future
  • Choose UOW Malaysia to Develop Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Students Today, Entrepreneurs Tomorrow
  • Real World Education With Industry



When students graduate from UOW Malaysia with a business degree, they are ready to compete and succeed anywhere in the world. At UOW Malaysia, we ensure that our students are armed with the knowledge, insights and skills, and empowered with experience, so that they stand out in our ever-evolving globalised economy and help create an economically prosperous tomorrow. The academic experience atUOW Malaysia is designed for students who not only desire to study business, but also to build the characteristics and confidence necessary for a real world experience. Our focus on communication skills, emotional intelligence, identifying strengths and pursuing passions prepare them to become driven and intuitive leaders.



UOW Malaysia KDU University College’s School of Business drive a strong focus on offering real world and experiential learning for, as well as developing entrepreneurial skills in students. Students are given opportunities to understand business organisations, systems and processes from a simulated model, learn from captains of industry, and work with industrial partners on real-world projects – giving them a head start in honing their business sense and sharpening their skills. Our focus on communication skills, emotional intelligence, identifying strengths and pursuing passion prepare them to become driven and intuitive leader.

  • Obtained desired job, run own business, further study
  • Over 100 companies for student internships
  • Diverse student population from over 18 countries
  • A purpose-built Entrepreneurialism Center
  • Industry-Aligned Curriculum with input from Industry Advisory Panels
  • 45% of faculty members are with industry experience
  • Programmes accredited by Professional Bodies
  • Faculty members are active in Industry Research, Corporate Training, and Consultancy



At UOW Malaysia, students are encouraged to cultivate an entrepreneurial mind – to be bold, innovative and adaptable. All students that are taking business studies are required to undergo the Entrepreneurship module, anchored by the university college’s School of Business.

In the pursuit of nurturing budding entrepreneurs, the School of Business set up its own Enterprise Centre and partnered with Malaysia Practice Enterprise Centre (MyPEC) for its business simulator program. Under the Entrepreneurship module, students work in teams to run a business and solve its problems and issues in a virtual environment. The simulated set-up allows students to use various web-based applications including the SKOLA trading platform, human resources, administration and marketing platforms; providing students with the opportunity to experience different scenarios that occur in a real-world business environment. This teaches students the various methods of facing different situations, taking calculated risks and learning from failures.

Besides the simulated environment, students also go through the process of conceptualising, developing and fine-tuning business ideas, which will be pitched to angel investors. The module is taught by lecturers who have had vast industry experience and who are members of the Malaysian Business Angels Network (MBAN).



Students at UOW Malaysia’s School of Business are driven to be industry-ready. Essential to their academic learning and experience are our collaborations with industry partners, all designed to ensure our students get an edge above others even before they graduate.

Industry Cooperative Education Program
Industry partnership through adoption of specific module at UOW Malaysia School of Business provides our students an opportunity to network with their potentially future employers and apply classroom learning in real-world situations. In most cases, students will go through a series of training modules – from sessions on financial literacy to retail and customer service insights, people management, and other relevant operational areas. The holistic learning eco-system enables students to create and execute their own business plan, which forms part of the practical student assessment throughout their education journey.
UOW Malaysia Job Shadowing Program
At UOW Malaysia, we value the need for students to experience the real world instead of just the classroom education. Therefore from as early as Year 1 of their Bachelor’s Degree studies or Year 2 of their Diploma studies, students will have an opportunity to experience the daily operations of a company as well as observe first hand of the challenges that are faced in the respective professions. Through UOW Malaysia Job Shadowing program, students will be able to gain insights about the industry as opposed to just reading general job descriptions.
Revolutionary Business Simulation
As the world of business transforms rapidly with the adoption of digital economy, the paradigm shift has resulted in greater demand for organisation with soft skills and entrepreneurial mindset. Students’ adaptability of this new era would enhance their innovativeness and productivity, hence contributing in the society development.

At UOW Malaysia School of Business, students are put into business simulated environment at our very own Entrepreneurialism Centre, guided by certified EuroPEN-PEN International trainers and are led by experienced Malaysia Business Angel Network (MBAN) investor. The simulated set-up allows students to use various web-based applications including the Simplified Business System (SBS) trading platform, human resources, administration and marketing platforms, teaches them various methods in facing the VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity) world, taking calculated risks and learning from failures.

3-6 years (Full-Time) / 4-8 years (Part-Time)
Program Location
University of Wollongong Malaysia, Utropolis Glenmarie


  • Students will systematically structure and develop their research by developing a research proposal, which would guide the student through the entire research process.
  • In order to enhance the rigor of their research proposal, students will also need to complete a semester of Research Methodology in addition to participating in periodic research seminars and workshops.



  • A presentation session chaired by UOW Malaysia with invited panel of examiners to ensure the candidate is able to articulate their research ideas and plans, as well as having the necessary skills to carry out research activities as proposed.



  • Upon completion of their research, students will document the research project and process in a thesis. Typically, thesis for PhD should not be more than 80,000 words.



  • Upon completion of research and thesis, candidate will undergo an oral presentation, chaired by experts in the field.



  • Upon the approval of the research proposal, under the guidance of their supervisors, student will work independently on their research projects.
Areas of Research
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Business Digitalization
  • Accounting
  • Hospitality & Tourism Management

Intake dates


12 January 17 May 6 September
Estimated fees
Local students


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*Instalment Payment Plan Available

Academic Qualification

Master Degree :
Completion in Master’s Degree or equivalent in a related field

English Requirement

Local Student :
Band 5 in MUET


International Student :
Band 6.0 in IELTS; or a min score of 60 (IBT) or 488 (PBT) in TOEFL; or score 59 and above for Pearson English Test


If English language requirements are not fulfilled, additional English module(s) may be taken at UOW Malaysia.