Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business, Management and Entrepreneurship

This PhD programme is designed for a career as an academic or researcher in the public and private sector


The Doctor of Philosophy (Business, Management & Entrepreneurship) is designed to prepare students for a career as an academic or researcher in the public and private sector. The research in the PhD programme is a supervised programme, providing an opportunity for students to conduct an in-depth investigation of specific research issue related to a business, management and entrepreneurship discipline which contributes to knowledge in that field of study.

January & July | Per Year: 2 Semesters.

Full-time : minimum of 3 years | Part-time: minimum of 4 years

HELP Damansara


RM 60,000*

RM48,000 (20% bursary)

*Subject to be reviewed annually. HELP University reserves the right to revise the information in line with updates from time to time.

Course Code
JPT/BPP(U) (N/340/8/0735) (MQA/PA12958) 10/26

Why study Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business, Management and Entrepreneurship at HELP's ELM Graduate School?

ELM is the acronym for Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Management. It reflects the School's understanding of the multifaceted role of both individuals and organisations that at any one time the trinitarian role of entrepreneurship, leadership and management interplays to create, manage and sustain a business over different phases of its life.

The ELM Framework underlies our philosophy of the ELM Graduate School executive education and the way we teach and learn business in the HELP Group. It synthesises relevant theoretical constructs and integrates them into a practical system of decision-making for ELM. It is a useful tool for facilitating thinking out the right business model and strategy execution.

The ELM approach is used in our teaching and learning in the ELM Graduate School. This is the multi-perspective lens that we use to identify, respond and adapt to education, enterprise and execution.

This unique framework shapes our postgraduate programmes and brings depth and practical value to the knowledge and experience that all our students will no doubt gain.

Programme Overview

Entry Requirements
Career Pathways
  • Course Requirement

  • This is a research-based PhD programme. The candidate is required to conduct independent research under an academic supervisor/supervisory committee, complete the thesis and orally defend his/her thesis in a proposal defence and attend a viva voce.

    Other Requirement: Students are to acquire sufficient research skills training hours as prescribed by the faculty before the proposal defence. On top of this, a student undertaking research in the entrepreneurship-related area is required to undertake two Entrepreneurship modules:

    • Managing Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
    • The supervisor may prescribe other courses to the student to supplement their learning from time to time.
  • Application

  • Can be made throughout the year and intake are open twice a year in January and July.The application must be accompanied by a preliminary proposal of approximately 3,000 words for assessment on the degree of preparedness and the potential scholarship of the student. It also allows us to identify a suitable supervisor for the research.

    The preliminary proposal should include the title, an introduction of what the research is about, the purpose and questions that the research seeks to address. It should also include the significance of the study, an outline of the literature that you will be reviewing, a description of the research approach and the time frame for the study.

  • Programme Advisor

  • Ms Yamuna Ravendran
    +603 2716 2000 ext. 2103

You will need to fulfill these entry requirements to join the programme.

  • Entry Requirements

    • A recognised Master’s degree in business or relevant field or other qualification approved by the HELP University Senate.
    • International applicants are required to fulfil a minimum score of 6.0 for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or its equivalent.
    • Admission is subject to the approval of the research proposal and the appointment of a suitably qualified supervisor to support the intended research area.

Here are the career pathways for graduates who complete the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business, Management and Entrepreneurship programme. 

  • Possible Career Pathways

    • Academia
    • Researcher
    • Professor
    • Tutor
    • Management
    • Consultancy
    • Economist
    • Government
    • Policy Analyst
    • Executive Officers