PhD (Business Administration) (R2-DL/345/8/0304) (A9150) (04/25)

The PhD (Business Administration) programme is specifically designed for those who want to synthesise knowledge and contribute to original research that broadens the frontier of knowledge in business and administration. Graduates of this programme are able to appraise problems in business and administration critically using scientific skills, adapt practical skills leading to innovative ideas, provide expert advice to society, and display leadership qualities through communicating and working effectively with peers and stakeholders. They are poised for upper-level positions whether in organisations, consulting or academia, and are expected to contribute towards improvement in their places of employment and to the nation.



  • Internationally benched marked, approved by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education and accredited by Malaysian Qualifications Agency.
  • No proposal is needed at the point of entry.
  • Supported with research workshops, research colloquia and research clinics
  • Transfer of candidature is possible, if compliant-requirements are fulfilled
  • Access to the physical and digital library comprising of around 190,000 e-books, 95,000 e-journals and 2.4 million e-thesis titles accessible anywhere anytime.


Malaysian & International Students:

  • Possess a recognised Master's degree in the relevant field
  • Other qualifications recognised by the AeU Senate

Additional Information:

  • A Statement of research intent, describing what you have already done and what you hope to accomplish in your doctoral research. This is your preliminary research intent or research proposal. You may be required to attend an interview in some cases.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or resume

English Language Competency Requirements (for International Students)

  • For international students studying on campus in Malaysia, they must attain English Language competency equivalent to IELTS (6.0) / TOEFL (550) / CAE / CPE / PTE / MUET that complies with the programme standards set by the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA). Those who have their tertiary education in English shall normally be exempted from the requirement.


Modes of Study Full Time
Part Time
Fully Online
Blended Learning
Duration 3-4 years
No. of Semesters 12 (1 semester is 4 mths)
Frequency of Research Workshops / Colloquia (Optional) Once a month – Saturday & Sunday
Supervisor Provided by AeU
Audit Subjects (Optional)
  • Research Methodology
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Qualitative Research
MQA Accreditation A 9150

Programme Code

(R2-DL/345/8/0304) (A9150) (04/25)
EPF Claimable YES

Note: This programme is registered with the Hong Kong Education Bureau, registration number 272263

It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.


  • Proroduce original research at the doctoral level
  • Conceptualise, design and implement projects for the generation of significant new knowledge and/or understanding
  • Create, interpret and desseminate knowledge which extends the forefront of the business discipline
  • Make informed judgements on complex issues in specialised business fields and create innovations in tackling and solving problems
  • Appreciate research implications and effectively convey research findings according to business needs
  • Desseminate the research findings by publishing, conducting and participating in academic journals, forums, semunars and etc.



Stage 1 Proposal Development
Stage 2 Data Collection
Stage 3 Report Writing
Stage 4 Thesis Examination / Viva Voce


Wholesale and Retail Sales

  • Auctioneering
  • Buying & selling
  • Consumer Services
  • Dairy Retailing
  • Demonstration Techniques
  • Property Sales
  • Purchasing Procument & Contracts
  • Real-Estate Business
  • Retailing Sales Representatives
  • Stock-Keeping
  • Telephone Selling
  • Warehouse
  • Wholeselling

Marketing & Advertising

  • Advertising
  • Market Research
  • Marketing
  • Merchandising
  • Public Realtions
  • Sales & Marketing

Accounting & Taxation

  • Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Book-Keeping
  • Tax Accounting

Management & Administration

Management examples:

  • Education
  • Human Resources
  • Employment
  • Enterprise Training
  • Logistic
  • Science
  • Office
  • Quality Recruitment

Other examples:

  • Business Administration
  • Public Administration
  • Start Your Own Business Courses
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Organisational Theory & Behaviour

Secretarial & Office Work

  • Administration & Secretarial Services
  • Business Correspondence
  • Court Reporting
  • Data Entry
  • Foreign Language Secretary Programmes
  • Information Processing
  • Legal Secretary Programmes & Management
  • Medical Secretary Programmes
  • Management Support Services
  • Office Automation
  • Operation of Office Machines
  • Receptionist Training

Working Life

  • Clients' Need
  • Company Knowledge
  • Industrial Relation
  • Introductory Courses at Work
  • Organisation at Work
  • Quality Assurance
  • Trade Union Courses (General)
  • Work Development
  • Working Life

Audit Subject

  • Research Methodology
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Qualitative Data Analysis


For Malaysian and International students:

  • 10% discount on tuition fee available through student loyalty scheme

For Malaysian students only:

  • 50% discount on tuition fee for senior citizens who are 55 years of age & above
  • 75% discount on tuition fee for the disabled
  • EPF withdrawal assistance
  • RM6,000 personal income tax relief

*Terms and conditions apply


Last updated: 27/08/2018