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).
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.