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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 specialisation. Students are required to complete at least 24 academic units as graduation requirement. They will need to have completed 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 lists below show courses generally required for each specialisation, which may be subject to changes. They do not include electives (if any).

  • ACC
    Accounting (Behavioural)

    • AC8801 Seminar in Accounting Research
    • AC9101 Seminar in Capital Markets Research in Accounting
    • AC9102 Seminar in Behavioural Research in Accounting
    • FN9103 Empirical Research I (Investment)
    • GN7103 Writing for Research & Publication
    • MG9001 Research Methods
    • MG9003 Theory Construction and Experimental Methods in Behavioral Research
    • MG9202 Contemporary Research Issues in Social Sciences (Sociological Perspectives on Organisations)
    • ST9003 Applied Regression Analysis
    • ST9005 Structural Equation Modelling


    Accounting (Capital Markets)

    • AC8801 Seminar in Accounting Research
    • AC9101 Seminar in Capital Markets Research in Accounting
    • AC9102 Seminar in Behavioural Research in Accounting
    • FN9102 Seminar in Theory of Finance II
    • FN9103 Empirical Research I (Investment)
    • FN9104 Empirical Research II (Corporate)
    • GN7103 Writing for Research & Publication
    • HE9002 Econometrics I**
    • HE9003 Econometrics II**
    • HE9101 Seminar in Microeconomics**
  • BF
    Banking & Finance

    • AC9101 Seminar in Capital Markets Research in Accounting
    • FN9101 Seminar in Theory of Finance I
    • FN9102 Seminar in Theory of Finance II
    • FN9103 Empirical Research I (Investment)
    • FN9104 Empirical Research II (Corporate)
    • GN7103 Writing for Research & Publication
    • HE9002 Econometrics I**
    • HE9003 Econometrics II**
    • HE9101 Seminar in Microeconomics**
  • IS
    Information Systems

    • IS9101 Seminar in Information Systems Research
    • IS9201 Contemporary Issues in Information Systems
    • IS9202 Information Systems – Theories and Methods
    • MG9001 Research Methods
    • MG9101 Theoretical Foundations of Organisational Behaviour
    • OM9204 Game Theory and its Applications
    • ST9003 Applied Regression Analysis
    • ST9005 Structural Equation Modelling
  • OM
    Operations Management

    • GN7103 Writing for Research & Publication
    • HE9001 Mathematical Economics** (contingent on student's research area)
    • HE9002 Econometrics I** (contingent on student's research area)
    • OM9101 Optimisation
    • OM9102 Inventory Theory
    • OM9201 Contemporary Issues in Operations Mgt I & II
    • OM9204 Game Theory & its Applications
    • ST9003 Applied Regression Analysis (contingent on student's research area)
  • MIB
    Marketing & Int'l Business (Consumer Behaviour)

    • HP7001 Advanced Research Design and Data Analysis**
    • MG9001 Research Methods
    • MG9003 Theory Construction and Experimental Methods in Behavioral Research
    • MK9101 Seminar in Consumer Behaviour
    • MK9103 Special Marketing Topics
    • MK9201 Seminar in Marketing Modelling
    • ST9003 Applied Regression Analysis


    Marketing & Int'l Business (Quantitative Modelling)

    • HE9002 Econometrics I**
    • HE9003 Econometrics II**
    • HE9101 Seminar in Microeconomics**
    • MG9001 Research Methods
    • MG9003 Theory Construction and Experimental Methods in Behavioral Research
    • MK9101 Seminar in Consumer Behaviour
    • MK9103 Special Marketing Topics
    • MK9201 Seminar in Marketing Modelling
  • SMO
    Strategy, Management & Organisation - Organisational Behaviour

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


    Strategy, Management & Organisation - Strategy

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

During the dissertation stage, students are required to complete the following:
- PhD Thesis Proposal Defence
- Submission of thesis for examination
- Final Oral Examination
 
The other requirements of the PhD Programme include completing supplementary university-wide courses, attending divisional seminars, writing summer papers (if required by Division), performing research assistant or teaching assistant duties (if assigned). Students are also encouraged to present their research papers at top-tier conferences and to have journal publication.
 
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