Kurdistan Business School
PhD in Business Management
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business
Management is a 240 credit academic program that aims at enabling students to
become academic experts in research and teaching of a specific field within
Business and Management. Graduates of this program will enjoy the opportunity
of working as faculty members at higher education institutions. The programme
is designed for applicants with both a BSc or BA and a MSc or MA in Business
Management. Applicant’s need a minimum average mark of 60% at the undergraduate
level, and 70% average at the MSc/MA level, which is in accordance with the
Kurdistan Regions’ Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) regulations. The student
needs to submit an English language proficiency of PTE 50% or any equivalent
exam score. English foundation program is also available at UKH (check website
for more details). The minimum duration of this programme is nine semesters but
can be extended to a maximum of ten.
The programme starts with a proposal submitted by
the applicant followed by a presentation at the department. The department
verifies the proposal and allocates a supervisor to supervise the student based
on expertise. With the consent of both the supervisor and the student a second
supervisor is assigned with aligning themes and expertise. In parallel with
working on the proposal, the student must successfully pass one semester (60
credits) in the first part of the first academic year. Four thesis-tailored
modules, normally each bearing 15 credits, will be offered by the department for
the student to undertake. In order to successfully pass the semester, the student
must score at least 60% in each module and no less than 70% on the average of
final mark in the four modules. Assessment for modules could range from exams, projects,
reports and assignments. After successfully passing the semester, the PhD
candidate is required to submit a full proposal by the end of the academic
year. Based on the evaluation of the proposal recommendations suggested by the
PG evaluation committee, the student starts writing a 180 credits thesis, which
will be no less than 80,000 words. During the thesis writing period the PhD
candidate will be required to publish two articles in Scopus ranked journals.
After submitting the thesis to the department, the PhD candidate will need to
defend his/her thesis in an academic viva voce. The examining committee will
comprise of a chair, three examiners (one external) and the supervisor, who is
entitled to make a brief comment at the end of the examination if needed.
The passing mark is 60% in each of the four modules
being studied while the average of the four modules should be no less than 70%.
Modules are likely to have different evaluation modes which depends on the
discretion of the module leader.
a. A candidate seeking admission to the
programme of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at UKH must have MPhil/MA/MSc with
a minimum score of 70% or an equivalent GPA and BA/BSc with a
minimum score of 60% or an equivalent GPA from any recognised
institution, in a field of study relating to the respective subject for which
s/he is seeking admission provided that a competent supervisory committee can
be made in accordance with the UKH rules.
b. A score of at least 60 in a Pearson Test of English
(Academic), or the equivalent in IELTS or TOFEL examination.
c. Age/Gender: There will be no gender or
age discrimination for admission to the PhD programme.
d. Candidates seeking admission to the PhD programme
shall have to submit their applications directed to one of the Programmes of
Research that have been announced by relevant Schools and Departments within
UKH that would be assessed by the relevant Department, School and the UKH Board
of Postgraduate Studies (BPGS). They are also expected to submit a Research
Proposal of three to four A4 pages in length following the specific form
provided by UKH under the title of “Outlines of the Proposed Research
e. Candidates seeking admission to a PhD programme will
be required to undertake an interview.
Note: For AY 2019-20 applications, please
email [email protected] or visit UKH's
$6,000 USD per academic year.