Doctor of Philosophy

This program provide an opportunity for a multidisciplinary approach in research,
writing and publication. The program is expected to meet the needs in human capital in holistic, with knowledge and skills areas of specialization and research which in turn driving the country towards developed countries. There are four main areas of research are offered, namely economics, accounting, management and entrepreneurship and these areas subdivided into several areas of specialization.

Programme Goals

The goals of the programme are to :

  1. produe competent graduates who have a sound knowledge and skills in areas of expertise;
  2. constitute the competence and research expertise; and
  3. produce graduates with professional and ethical attitude.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the programme, graduates should be able to:

  1. synthesize knowledge and contribute to pure research that extends to frontier of knowledge in the area of expertise;
  2. adapting practical skills leading to innovative ideas to be exposed the areas of expertise;
  3. conduct research independently and adhere to legal, ethical and professional codes of practice;
  4. demonstrate leadership qualities through effective communication and collaboration among researchers and stakeholders
  5. addressing critical issues in management skills for information scientifically; and
  6. integrate information for lifelong learning.

Admission Requirements

Entry requirements are as follows:

  1. Master’s degree from UKM or any higher learning institution recognized by the UKM Senate; or
  2. Other qualification(s) equivalent to a Master’s degree or any other qualification or experience recognized by the UKM Senate; or
  3. candidates who are currently enrolled in full time master’s programme by research mode at UKM and recommended by the Graduate Studies Committee to change its status to a Doctorate program with the approval of the Dean of the Faculty; or
  4. Bachelor’s degree by obtaining excellent results from UKM or any higher learning institution recognized by the UKM Senate; and
  5. fulfils other requirements prescribed by the programme or Faculty;
  6. An international candidate from a country that are not using English as official language shall obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 550 or IELTS band 6 or other English proficiency examination recognized by the UKM Senate.

Type of Registration and Period of Study

  1. Full time studies (six (6) to twelve (12) semesters)*
  2. Part time studies (eight (8) to fourteen (14) semesters)*

*All courses are conducted on weekdays and during normal working hours .

Programme Structure

  1. Candidates must successfully complete the following components:
    Prerequisite Courses 3 courses
  2. The candidates must present and pass his research proposal;
  3. The candidates must present and pass his thesis oral examination; and
  4. Candidates are also required to publish at least two (2) article in an indexed journal of ISI/SCOPUS/ERA or reputable journal in area recognized by Graduate Committee of the Faculty;

List of Programme by Research Area and its Specialisation

No.Programme by Research AreaSpecialisation
1.Economics1. Econometric
2. Fiscal and Monetary Economics
3. Economic of Industry and International Trade
4. Monetary Economics and Banking
5. Islamic Economics and Finance
6. Development Economics and Community
7. Human Resource Economics
8. Economic of Agriculture, Natural Resources and
2.Accounting1. Accountability and Management Control
2. Reporting and Corporate Governance
3. Taxation and Law
4. Auditing and Assurance Services
5. Sustainable Accounting
6. Accounting Information System
3.Management1. Financial Behaviour
2. Consumer Behaviour
3. Organisational Behaviour
4. Finance
5. Services Marketing
6. Internationalisation
7. Logistics Management
8. Marketing Management
9. Knowledge Management
10. Risk Management
11. Human Resource Management
12. Islamic Banking
13. Retail
4.Entrepreneur1. Entrepreneurship and Innovation
2. International Business
3. Social Business

List of Courses

  1. Pre-requisite Courses
    Course CodeCourse TitleProgramme
    EPPD8013Advanced Research
    Economics, Accounting, Management and
    EPPD8023Qualitative and
    Quantitative Analysis
    Accounting, Management and
    EPPM8033Theory of Management
    and Entrepreneurship
    Management and Entrepreneurship
    EPPA8033Research in AccountingAccounting
    EPPE8034Advanced EconometricsEconomics
    Advanced Microeconomics
    or Advanced Macroeconomics
  2. Malay Language Courses
    International candidates shall register and pass Malay Language Courses as part of graduation requirement as prescribed by the UKM.

    • ZZZM1013 Bahasa Melayu as Foreign Language I
    • ZZZM1023 Bahasa Melayu as Foreign Language II

Requirements for Conferment of Degree

Requirements for Conferment of Degree are as follows:

  1. Pass all the required prerequisite courses
  2. Pass the thesis and thesis oral examination;
  3. Fulfills the publication required ; and
  4. Fulfills any other conditions prescribed by the University


  • September (application is opened in April)
  • February (application is opened in October)


Online application via
*Application fees for Malaysian is RM30.00 / International applicant is USD30 or RM100.00

Tuition Fees

Full TimePart TimeFull Time Only
Registration (one time only)1,0108851,710
Services and Activities745525985
Tuition Fees1,8351,6354,100
TOTAL 1ST SEMESTER3,5903,0456,795
Subsequent semesters2,5802,1605,085
TOTAL FEES16,49018,16532,220
(6 semesters)(8 semesters)(6 semesters)

If you have further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Postgraduate Secretariat
Level 4
Faculty of Economics and Management
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
43600 UKM Bangi
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel:+6038921 5775/ 5777/ 5776/5373
Email: sitinora [a]

Study Funding Assistance

Eligible candidates are invited to apply for study funding assistance below: