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Programme Structure

The NBS PhD programme is a full-time doctoral programme. The time needed to complete a PhD typically ranges from 4 to 5 years.

The first 18 months consist of coursework concentrated in the student's area of specialization. Students are required to complete at least 24 academic units as graduation requirement. They will need to have compeleted at least 12 academic units before undergoing the Qualifying Exams.

Typically, the course requirement ranges from 8 to 11 courses (click here​ for the course outlines). The list below comprises the courses generally required for each division, which may be subject to changes. The list does not include prescribed courses offered by other schools and electives (if any).

  • ACC
    Accounting (Behavioural)

    • MG9001 Research Methods
    • MG9202 Contemporary Research Issues in Social Sciences (Sociological Perspectives on Organisations)
    • AC9102 Seminar in Behavioural Research in Accounting
    • MG9003 Theory Construction and Experimental Methods in Behavioral Research
    • ST9003 Applied Regression Analysis
    • AC9101 Seminar in Capital Markets Research in Accounting
    • FN9103 Empirical Research I (Investment)
    • ST9005 Structural Equation Modelling
    • GN7103 Writing for Research & Publication


    Accounting (Capital Markets)

    • AC9102 Seminar in Behavioural Research in Accounting
    • FN9102 Seminar in Theory of Finance II
    • AC9101 Seminar in Capital Markets Research in Accounting
    • FN9103 Empirical Research I (Investment)
    • FN9104 Empirical Research II (Corporate)
    • GN7103 Writing for Research & Publication
  • BF
    Banking & Finance

    • FN9102 Seminar in Theory of Finance II
    • FN9101 Seminar in Theory of Finance I
    • GN7103 Writing for Research & Publication
    • FN9103 Empirical Research I (Investment)
    • AC9101 Seminar in Capital Markets Research in Accounting
    • FN9104 Empirical Research II (Corporate)
  • ITOM
    Information Systems

    • IS9101 Seminar in Information Systems Research
    • IS9202 Information Systems – Theories and Methods
    • OM9204 Game Theory and its Applications
    • MG9001 Research Methods
    • MG9203 Contemporary Research Issues in Psychology at Work
    • IS9102 Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Information Systems
    • ST9003 Applied Regression Analysis
    • MG9101 Theoretical Foundations of Organisational Behaviour
    • ST9005 Structural Equation Modelling
    • IS9201 Contemporary Issues in Information Systems


    Operations Management

    • OM9101 Optimization
    • OM9102 Inventory Theory
    • OM9204 Game Theory & its Applications
    • OM9103 Stochastic Process
    • OM9201 Contemporary Issues in Operations Mgt I & II
    • ST9003 Applied Regression Analysis
    • GN7103 Writing for Research & Publication
  • MIB
    Marketing & Int'l Business (Consumer Behaviour)

    • MG9001 Research Methods
    • MG9003 Theory Construction and Experimental Methods in Behavioral Research
    • ST9003 Applied Regression Analysis
    • MK9101 Seminar in Consumer Behaviour
    • MK9201 Seminar in Marketing Modelling
    • MK9103 Special Marketing Topics


    Marketing & Int'l Business (Quantitative Modelling)

    • MG9003 Theory Construction and Experimental Methods in Behavioral Research
    • MK9101 Seminar in Consumer Behaviour
    • MK9201 Seminar in Marketing Modelling
    • MK9103 Special Marketing Topics
    • MG9001 Research Methods
  • SMO
    Strategy, Management & Organisation - Organisational Behaviour

    • MG9001 Research Methods
    • MG9202 Contemporary Research Issues in Social Sciences (Sociological Perspectives on Organisations)
    • MG9203 Contemporary Research Issues in Psychology at Work
    • MG9104 Theoretical Foundations of Strategic Management
    • ST9003 Applied Regression Analysis
    • MG9003 Theory Construction and Experimental Methods in Behavioral Research
    • MG9101 Theoretical Foundations of Organisational Behaviour
    • MG9105 Advanced Topics in Organisational Behaviour
    • ST9005 Structural Equation Modelling
    • GN7103 Writing for Research and Publication
    • ST9007 Advanced Research Methods: Meta-Analysis


    Strategy, Management & Organisation - Strategy

    • MG9001 Research Methods
    • MG9202 Contemporary Research Issues in Social Sciences (Sociological Perspectives on Organisations)
    • MG9104 Theoretical Foundations of Strategic Management
    • ST9003 Applied Regression Analysis
    • MG9003 Theory Construction and Experimental Methods in Behavioral Research
    • MG9101 Theoretical Foundations of Organisational Behaviour
    • MG9103 Advanced Topics in Strategic Management
    • ST9005 Structural Equation Modelling
    • GN7103 Writing for Research and Publication
    • ST9007 Advanced Research Methods: Meta-Analysis

Upon successful completion of the required coursework, students will undergo comprehensive exam and confirmation hearing (Qualifying Exams). After these requirements are satisfied, students become doctoral candidate with adequate preparation to research and write a doctoral dissertation on significant problems of academic and practical significance to business communities. They are expected to work closely with their selected supervisor and communicate with their Thesis Advisory Committee.

During the disertation stage, students are required to complete the following:
- PhD Thesis Proposal Defence
- Submission of thesis for examination
- Final Oral Examination
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