The NBS PhD programme is a full-time doctoral programme that is typically completed between 4 and 5 years.
The first 18 months is the Coursework Stage in which students take preparatory courses that are concentrated in their area of specialisation. The course requirement usually ranges from 8 to 11 courses and a minimum total of 24 academic units is required for graduation.
The lists below show the courses that are required for each specialisation. The lists may be subject to changes and they do not display electives and required non-NTU courses, if any. The course outlines can be viewed by clicking here.
completion (or near completion) of coursework requirements, students will
undergo PhD Qualifying Exam (QE) comprising written and confirmation hearing
components. The QE evaluates the knowledge and skills learned in the coursework
and serves as preliminary assessment of the candidate's capability to complete
a high-quality dissertation successfully in the remaining period of
candidature. 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.
At the Dissertation
Stage, students are required to present their thesis in Proposal
Defence, submit thesis for examination and undergo Final Oral
Examination. The aim of proposal defence is to assess the academic rigour
and relevance of the proposed research and to ensure that it is adequately
defined and feasible to allow the student to receive feedback early in the
thesis process. When ready, the thesis is submitted to the University for
examination by the thesis examiners. The thesis must contain original work and
critical interpretation and analysis worthy of publication in the international
domain. After receiving the examiners' reports, the student is given adequate
time to address the examiners' comments and further improve the thesis.
Finally, the thesis is presented in the oral examination where the
committee examines the student's expertise on the field, advance the
candidate’s knowledge and discuss with the candidate potential publications and
future possibilities of their work.
Apart from the above, students are also expected to take supplementary courses (e.g. teaching course, research integrity module,
etc.), attend divisional seminars, write summer papers (if required by their division), and serve GAP hours (Graduate Assistantship Programme) comprising duties such as research assistance and teaching. It is common practice for the candidates to present their research
papers at top-tier conferences and publish journal papers prior to graduation.