Doctor of Philosophy In Business Management

    Intake Periods
  • January
  • May
  • September
    Modes of Study
  • Part Time
Course Overview

In line with the University’s philosophy of nurturing learners’ unique abilities, the program aims to develop the power of critical inquiry, logical thought, creative imagination, and independent judgment. Allowing each student to build on his or her past academic and vocational experience in a relevant and meaningful fashion. The program incorporates rigorous coursework and research culminating in doctoral thesis. The program encompasses a variety of formal and informal interactions with faculty and aims to enable students develop competencies in the theory, practice, and research methodology essential to the advancement of knowledge in management. The students are expected to apply this knowledge in responding to contemporary issues of the broad management field. The program’s knowledge dissemination approach is meant to nurture curiosity, heuristic exploration of new knowledge, and critical thinking. In this regard the program learning philosophy encourages discourse that leads to meaningful insights of financial knowledge and pose thoughtful questions that reinforce or challenge ideas. The students will, therefore, be expected to deconstruct and critic literature, present concept paper during departmental seminars, participate in training workshops, prepare papers for publication peer refereed journals, and develop hands-on data analysis experience using advanced statistical techniques, as well as qualitative data analysis methods. Students will be required to participate in professional development workshops and conferences organized internally by the Department of Business Administration and Management, as well as local and international ones.

Who Can Join

To be eligible for admission into this program an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Attach a copy of current curriculum vitae and certified copies of certificates
  • Be a holder of a master’s degree in strategic management, human resource management, marketing, corporate management, public management, business Management, or public management from a recognized institution; or
  • Be a holder of a master’s degree in a business-related discipline
  • Any other qualifications equivalent to a) and b) above, but subject to approval by the Senate and meeting the minimum requirements set by the Commission for University Education (CUE).
  • Submit a concept paper which briefly outline their research interest. This should include a brief background and articulating of issues of interest within the topic and why it is important, and demonstration of basic understanding of the conceptual issues involved. Based on this the applicant will be considered for admission.
Duration & Structure Of The Programme

To be considered for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management, a student will be required to do 9 units over a period of not less than three semesters or equivalent offered in one and half (1.5) calendar years, publish at least two papers in a reputable peer refereed journal, write a doctoral thesis that meets quality and quantity requirements as set out in the guidelines for doctoral thesis within one and half (1.5) years after completing coursework. The minimum duration for completing program is three calendar years and a maximum of six calendar years. An extension of maximum one (1) year, beyond the maximum 6 years may be granted if, with a cogent reason, a student applies for such an extension. The extension is granted by the Dean of Faculty, with consultation with the Chair of Department.

Mode of Delivery of The Programme

This program incorporates both coursework and research. Coursework requires face-to-face with student-lecturer interaction, and both are required have physical presence in the assigned classrooms for teaching and learning to take place. Where situation does not allow such interaction, then web conferencing facilities shall be used to facilitate remote engagement between the lecturer and students. Course work will be covered through the following approaches.

  • Lectures and seminars,
  • Group discussions and presentations,
  • Guest speakers

The mode of delivery includes face-to-face and online engagement through Moodle Learning Management system. The latter will be used in delivery and submission of assignments, as well as access to learning and reference materials. The language of instruction will be English. To this effect, the applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English and applicants from non-English speaking countries will be required to show evidence of having sat for, and passed, TOEFL or IETLS exams or any other qualification which will be approved by the University senate for English Proficiency.

Curriculum Road Map
Year I
Year II
Year III
  • CFU 7015: Qualitative Research Methods
  • CFU 7011: Applied Multivariate Statistics
  • HRM 7011: Organizational Behaviour
  • CFU 7026: Quantitative Research Methods
  • HRM 7021: Human resource management and labor relations
  • HRM 7022: Human Resource Development
  • CFU 7015: Qualitative Research Methods
  • CFU 7011: Applied Multivariate Statistics
  • STR 7011: Strategic management
  • CFU 7026: Quantitative Research Methods
  • STR 7021: Technology and Innovation Management
  • STR 7022:Strategic interaction and firm behavior
  • CFU 7015: Qualitative Research Methods
  • CFU 7011: Applied Multivariate Statistics
  • MKT 7011: Marketing Theory
  • CFU 7026: Quantitative Research Methods
  • MKT 7021: Customer Relationship Management
  • MKT 7022: Application of information technology in marketing