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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an advanced postgraduate research degree program that develops research skills and provides high achieving candidates with the opportunity to conduct in-depth research in their chosen discipline.

The PhD program is aimed at candidates who are interested in pursuing their career as an academic or in private and public organisations which focus on research and innovation.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an advanced postgraduate research degree program that develops research skills and provides high achieving candidates with the opportunity to conduct in-depth research in their chosen discipline.

The PhD program is aimed at candidates who are interested in pursuing their career as an academic or in private and public organisations which focus on research and innovation.

The program will enable you to critically evaluate existing knowledge, which uses research as a tool to explore and answer important questions in your chosen field, and thus create new knowledge and effectively apply research findings in your working environment.


Applications for our PhD program commencing September 2020 have closed. Should you need further assistance, please email us at [email protected]

Why should you pursue a PhD degree from UOWD?

  1. Develop your career potential. UOWD’s PhD program will not only enhance your research skills but will also equip you with additional skills and professional attributes to become the next generation of leading business researchers and academics.
  2. Mentorship and supervision by top academic experts. All our PhD supervisors are PhD holders, renowned researchers in their respective fields and are recognized globally and regionally for research impact. PhD students can strongly rely on the guidance, mentorship and expertise of their supervisor throughout the whole duration of their studies.
  3. A University of academic excellence. Study at an accredited international university boasting more than 25 years of academic excellence. Our PhD students will benefit from world-class infrastructure and facilities, and a variety of research-related resources.
  4. Earn a quality PhD degree within a reasonable time. PhD courses are very intense and time consuming. At UOWD, the course length for full-time students is usually between three to four years, and four to eight years for part-time students.
  5. Select your degree testamur. Students can opt for a UOW Dubai or UOW Australia degree certificate upon graduation.

Career Opportunities

PhD students at University of Wollongong in Dubai are generally looking for an academic career in a University or College, a career in a research agency or organisation, or in a specialist research unit of a government or business sector. The expanding domestic higher education sector is increasingly seeking research-active academics who have doctoral level qualifications and there are a growing number of opportunities for high-level research professionals across all industries.

Accreditation and Recognition

Our PhD program is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs and is fully recognised within the UAE, GCC countries and internationally for employment in the private and public sectors.

In addition, the program is quality assured by UOW, which is registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), the national regulator of the higher education sector in Australia. UOWD graduates have the opportunity to exchange their UOWD degree for the equivalent UOW degree after completion.

The coursework, which is undertaken in the first year of the degree, comprises research training skills and individual coursework subjects (Click below to expand each module).


The PhD program consists of 204 credit points.The coursework component is to be undertaken on a full-time basis (2 semesters) and the research component can be undertaken as full-time (6 semesters / 3 years) or as part-time (12 semesters/ 6 years) basis. The maximum period for completion of a doctoral program is 14 semesters.

Subject Title
Semester 1
Research Methodology

In this subject, students will understand and discuss philosophical underpinnings (examine ontological and epistemological issues) of discipline independent research, and then explore the foundations of research methods and techniques in applied research. This will allow students to demonstrate knowledge and application of the qualitative and quantitative methodologies underpinning research. Students will develop and extend the skills required for successful doctoral research, including the role of theory, research methodology and design, data gathering, choosing adequate statistical and non-statistical techniques, awareness of the use of research software, as well as ethical issues in applied research, and the influence of ethical considerations on research methods and methodology.

Literature Review

The subject is designed to develop the necessary and basic research skills students will need to conduct a thorough literature review, as well as provide insight into the management research process itself. Students will receive feedback on a literature review focused on the topic they plan to examine in their research. The Literature Review can be expected to form part of the first draft of the thesis. It is an evolving and substantial piece of work that will develop as the research focus and methodologies take shape. Further, students will be given training in web-based research techniques (e.g. general web searching, and specific training in using web-based social science indices).

Qualitative Research Methods

The subject builds on previous introductory subjects to allow students to demonstrate advanced knowledge in both the application, analysis and reporting of qualitative research. The subject will introduce students to advanced qualitative methods as well as manual and computer aided forms of data reduction, coding and thematic analysis techniques. Students will develop and extend the analytical skills required for application of advanced qualitative methods to the analysis, interpretation and reporting of qualitative research data.

Semester 2
Quantitative Research Methods

This subject introduces students to the analysis of quantitative data using advanced research methods. This will allow students to demonstrate knowledge in applying appropriate data analyzing techniques. This subject will introduce students to quantitative techniques such as multiple regression models, logistic regression models, discriminant analysis, factor analysis as well as structural equation modeling. Students will develop and extend analytical skills required for the application of those techniques in their research and interpretation of quantitative findings.

Research Proposal

This subject is designed to support the process of developing a Research Proposal for a Higher Degree Research (HDR) project. It provides an introduction to discipline-independent research skills needed by every higher degree research student to develop an effective HDR research proposal, including but not limited to: an overview of different research paradigms; critical elements of the research process; the critical, methodological, and substantive aspects of research; literature searching, review and critique; bibliographical organisation; methods for analysing, critiquing, and formulating arguments; defining research gaps, formulating and justifying research questions, building a theoretical framework; presenting the contribution and novelty of their research proposal; as well as writing and structuring dissertations. In a series of workshops, students will learn approaches to critiquing academic literature and to peer-review other proposals. Students will be closely and continuously working with their individual supervisory teams in order to develop their own Research Proposals, and will learn the value of communicating research results by presenting these for lecturer and student review.

Research Dissemination and Impact

The aim of this subject is to enable students to disseminate their research in multiple media including; conference presentations, refereed journal publication, business literature and social media, and also to be cognizant of issues of research impact and the role of research in the business and broader community.

Comprehensive Exam
Professional Development Workshop Series
Thesis Full Time
Thesis Part Time



In order to progress to the research component of the PhD program, students must complete the first year with an average of 65%, including 65% in each subject. Prior to commencing the research component, students will have identified their specific research topic, written a comprehensive research proposal and passed the Comprehensive Examination. 

Graduation Requirements

To qualify for award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy a candidate must:

  1. Accrue an aggregate of at least 204 credit points, 
  2. Achieve an overall minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65%,
  3. Pass the external thesis examination and fulfil any degree completion requirements specific to the program undertaken.

Meet the Experts & your Potential Supervisors

Each PhD student will be supervised by at least two supervisors, a principal and a co-supervisor. Click here find your potential supervisors.


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