Course - UTAR Doctor of Philosophy Full-Time @ Kajang/Kampar

UTAR Doctor of Philosophy Full-Time @ Kajang/Kampar

The Doctor of Philosophy programme will provide students with the skills and knowledge to complete individual research. They will be able to analyze , write and present the research paper in the multi business discipline and research areas. The Doctor of Philosophy programmes aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills of the business world and focuses on research methods and is scientifically based.

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at: Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)

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  • Description
  • Course Profile
  • Awarding Body
  • Student Testimonials
  • Why Study at UTAR?
  • Entry Requirements & Payment Plan
  • Additional information


What’s special about this PhD programme

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the Faculty’s principle research degree for graduate students. A UTAR PhD is academically demanding and needs a strong level of commitment and perseverance. PhD candidates must be able to demonstrate scholarly activities that lead to original, independent and significant contribution to knowledge. Faculty of Accountancy and Management (FAM) provides a solid grounding in research capabilities for our postgraduate students.

At present, our PhD programme aims to develop research capabilities in areas that have a significant impact on the nation’s competitiveness. Interdisciplinary research focus is highly encouraged.

Feature Highlights

  • Class: Weekdays class (Full-Time)
  • Accreditation: Accredited by MQA, MOHE and KPT
  • Assessment: Research Mode
Size of Class
  •  Rated by STUDYMASTERS Consultants 

MQA accredited courses are ensured to be of a high standard and is recognized and easily accepted by employers.
Fully research courses features a more independent curriculum as you drive new progress in your respective field.
PHD graduates are well equipped with up-to-date skills and knowledge to head their organisations or drive their business to the next level.

Why choose UTAR’s PhD?

Doctor of Philosophy programme at UTAR provide students with:

  • A broad analytic understanding of major policy and practice trends and issues from the field of business, accounting to the world economic issues.
  • Substantive knowledge of some field or area of practice (e.g., corporate governance, accounting, auditing, international business, finance, marketing and minority groups) with emphasis on issues and questions in that field which require scientific or scholarly attention.
  • Competence to conduct independent, empirical research that extends the knowledge base of practice with the local and foreign companies.

Graduates of the programme are expected to make a significant contribution to the field and their profession through their own continued research, writing, teaching, and practice.

Award & Recognition

  • Bronze in Women’s Masiswa Volleyball Championship
  • 19 Medals in Taekwondo Championship
  • First runner up in Maybank Design Hackathon
  • Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology (FEGT) FYP Poster Competition
  • Third in Cisco Netriders Competition
  • Gold in ITEX 2017
  • UTAR wins in cybersecurity competition
  • Awarded Tier-5 (Excellent) status in 2011 and 2013 Rating System for Malaysia Higher Education Institution (SETARA ‘11 and SETARA ‘13), Tier-5 Excellent in Discipline-Based Rating System (D-SETARA) for Engineering, and Tier-4 (Very Good) in D-SETARA for Health Sciences
  • Won the 2013 PAM Malaysia (Malaysian Institute of Architects) Gold Award (Education Category) for architectural excellence for Kampar Campus
  • Rated as the top three Malaysian universities for number of citations per paper in 2015 as released by QS Quacquarelli Symonds’ Intelligence Unit and announced in 2016
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Doctor of Philosophy awarded by Universiti Tun Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
(R/345/8/0666) (MQA/A10032) 05/19


The PhD programme in Faculty of Accountancy and Management (FAM) emphasizes the application of research methods and procedures to issues of importance to the business world. The programme builds on the premise that practice in the field of business must be scientifically based, continually responsive to service and practice needs, and is interdisciplinary. The mission also includes a continuing and systematic evaluation of the effectiveness of business application, service and professional practice.

The primary goal of the programme is to provide students with an opportunity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field and the profession in order to provide more effective and efficient application and services in the corporate. The program is aimed at providing students with the opportunity to develop their professional knowledge and expertise to a high calibre and to qualify for leadership positions in teaching, in research, in administration and management, in policy analysis and program development.

Mode of Study (Research)

  • The research-based PhD ranged from Management, Finance, and International Business to Accounting entails a specific programme of appropriate supervised research. The programme has the objective of training candidates in research methodology and techniques and in the critical evaluation of the research work carried out. Candidates are also required to apply and evaluate different methodologies and techniques.
  • The research work culminates in the production of the PhD thesis with the relevant research papers. To assist candidates in research methodology and techniques, candidates are required to complete the Business Research Methodology; and Quantitative and Qualitative research methods.

Programme Modules

The programme is divided into two parts as follows:

(A) Core Subjects

  • Business Research Methodology
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

(B) Thesis

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University Tun Abdul Rahman (UTAR)

History of UTAR
The Establishment of UTAR began with the story of Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman (KTAR). In 1964 the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) mooted the idea of setting up a college which was subsequently named after the first Prime Minister of Malaysia.

On 15 September 1972, Dato' Hussein Onn, the then Minister of Education handed over the Instrument of Government to the College. A 191-acre piece of land in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur was allocated for the construction of the KTAR Campus.

The establishment of KTAR subsequently provided the impetus and inspiration to establish a new private university. The proposal of establishing a new private university was then met with approval from the Government.

On 5 July 2001, in accordance with the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996, the then Minister of Education Tan Sri Musa Mohamad invited the MCA to establish Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR).

The establishment was timely with the recognition of the private education industry by the Government of Malaysia as a vital engine in stimulating and sustaining the growth of intellectual capital to meet the complex needs of an increasingly knowledge-based and innovation-driven economy.

A steering committee, chaired by Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik was formed to draw up a blueprint. A working committee led by Tan Sri Dr Ng Lay Swee, who was then the Principal of KTAR, prepared the working papers for the formation of the University. After months of meetings, deliberations and research, a framework emerged.

In March 2002, the University announced that it would be offering eight degree courses for its first intake of students for the academic year 2002/03 beginning May at its temporary campus in Petaling Jaya.

The University began by initially offering eight honours degree programmes through the following three faculties:

  • Faculty of Information and Communication Technology (FICT)
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FAS)
  • Faculty of Accountancy and Management (FAM)

The eight programmes approved by the Ministry of Education at that time were:

  • Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Information Systems (Hons) Business Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Information Systems (Hons) Information Systems Engineering
  • Bachelor of Accounting (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Communication (Hons) Journalism
  • Bachelor of Communication (Hons) Public Relations
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Chinese Studies

The International Advisory Council
Guided by a vision to be a premier University for the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and expertise, UTAR would have to achieve global standards. To serve as a platform for international affiliations, the International Advisory Council (IAC) consisting of eminent scholars and scientists was established. With this array of distinguished scholars and scientists, UTAR has since then been working towards building a strong international base for its research initiatives and academic programmes. The historic inaugural meeting of the IAC took place on 15 April 2002, chaired by Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, then Chairman of UTAR Council. It was indeed a meeting of keen minds with a myriad of vibrant ideas which provided an excellent start for the new University.

UTAR Today
On 10 June 2002, UTAR welcomed its first intake of 411 students to its former Petaling Jaya Campus.

On 13 August 2002, Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad, then Prime Minister of Malaysia, officially launched UTAR. The University was then officially established and until today, it is still under the UTAR Education Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation.

On 16 November 2009, UTAR established its Faculty of Medicine and Health Science (FMHS) to educate and train medical students to provide quality healthcare services. The programmes offered in the Faculty include degree and postgraduate studies in Chinese Medicine, MBBS, Nursing, and Physiotherapy. The pioneer batch of FMHS medical students graduated in August 2015. This was a milestone achievement for the University.

As UTAR strategizes to progress and prepare to fulfill the nation’s requirements in the years ahead, the University recently embarked on the exciting journey of setting-up a hospital in Kampar offering both contemporary western medicine and traditional and complementary medicine (TCM).

UTAR now offers over 110 programmes in fields including Accounting, Business and Economics, Actuarial Science, Mathematics and Process Management, Agriculture and Food Science, Arts, Social Sciences and Education, Creative Industries and Design, Engineering and Built Environment, Information and Communication Technology, Life and Physical Sciences, and Medicine and Health Sciences to more than 26,000 students in its nine faculties, three institutes and three centres located in the main campus in Kampar and in Sungai Long.

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Student Testimonials

It has been a life-changing experience for me after I enrolled into UTAR. I met many new students, local Malaysians from different states, different races and cultures and ethnic groups and it is really a unique experience for me. I have never encountered any language barrier here since almost everyone speaks fluent English. The facilities in UTAR are good. The Perak campus environment is very mesmerizing with beautiful naturalistic aspects

Yusra Nasser Ahmed Al Hamed

Yusra Nasser Ahmed Al HamedFoundation in Arts

I was approached by a staff from UTAR during an educational exhibition who provided me with brochures of UTAR programmes. I have always dreamt of living abroad and seeing that brochure made me decide to terminate my studies in Japan and pursue the Foundation in Arts at UTAR. I want to broaden my horizon and improve my English language proficiency, and Malaysia offers a cheaper alternative to most English-speaking regions. I have been in Malaysia since then and I am now a third-year student of the Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) at UTAR.

Miyazaki Yuuya

Miyazaki YuuyaBachelor of Business Administration (Hons)

My uncle is living and working in Kuala Lumpur, and I was in Malaysia for holidays before making up my mind to enroll in UTAR. The scrumptious cuisine and warm hospitality of Malaysians have endeared me to this culturallydiverse country. I think living and studying here is ideal as I can enjoy the good food and learn more about the diversity of the vast country while pursuing my studies.

Tam Man Wai

Tam Man WaiBachelor of Communication(Hons)Journalism

I came across the Bachelor of Science (Hons) Construction Management offered by UTAR Perak Campus .I compared the modules integrated into the course to those of other universities, and came to realise that UTAR offers a more practical and cost-effective solution without compromising on the quality of education that I would be receiving. I decided to take a trip down to Kampar one day, and I was consumed by the spectacular beauty of UTAR Perak Campus upon arriving. It has all the features of a premier university, and I instantly knew then that the next three years of my life would be spent in this idyllic campus

Mohammad Reza Javan Amoli

Mohammad Reza Javan AmoliBachelor of Science (Hons) Construction Management

UTAR’s academic standard is high, its degrees are well recognised by the industry and yet the fees are affordable. Therefore, I decided to study here. The medium of teaching and instruction is English which is perfect for me. I am happy to study here and I plan to pursue my PhD here as well immediately after I complete my master’s degree.

Mohamed Babikir Ibrahiem Mohamed

Mohamed Babikir Ibrahiem MohamedMaster of Project Management

UTAR has an ambiance very conducive for studying. The libraries are full of resources and so spacious. The lecturers here are very helpful and academically competent. The staff and students are very friendly and they are always willing to assist me whenever I need any help or advice. I am happy studying here because UTAR provides quality education with a well structured programme of studies

Jia Shihou

Jia ShihouDoctor of Philosophy (Chinese Studies)

Lecturers here are quite dedicated and approachable. They are willing to coach us until we really understand some of the topics. I love the environment here in Perak Campus which is beautiful and conducive for studying. The campus provides first-rate facilities for students to learn and participate in extra-curricular activities. I am quite active and I enjoy the outdoor activities organised by the university.

Tahira Banuh D/O Mohd Ismail Samy

Tahira Banuh D/O Mohd Ismail SamyBachelor of Social Science (Hons) Psychology

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Why Study MPhil at UTAR?

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) was officially launched on 13 August 2002 as a not-for-profit private university providing affordable quality education. It is established under the UTAR Education Foundation and registered under the Malaysian Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996.

Guided by its vision to be a global university of educational excellence, UTAR is highly reputed as one of the fastest growing private higher education institutions in the country with phenomenal growth in all aspects of its development since its inception. With the first intake of only 411 students in its Petaling Jaya campus in 2002, the University’s enrolment has now reached 26,000 students with campuses located in Kampar, Perak and Bandar Sungai Long, Selangor.

UTAR has graduated over 50,000 students since its inaugural convocation in 2005 and has made impressive strides in establishing a strong reputation as a comprehensive University with dedication to achieving excellence in teaching and research. The University currently offers more than 110 academic programmes from Foundation Studies to Bachelor's, Master’s, and PhD degrees in the fields of Accounting, Business and Economics, Actuarial Science, Mathematics and Process Management, Agriculture and Food Science, Arts, Social Sciences and Education, Creative Industries and Design, Engineering and Built Environment, Information and Communication Technology, Life and Physical Sciences, and Medicine and Health Sciences.

UTAR Kampar Campus
UTAR’s main campus in Kampar was built on a 1300-acre piece of land donated by the Perak State Government. It is located in the growing township of Bandar Barat Kampar in Perak. Strategically located off the North-South highway, Kampar Campus is 190 km from Kuala Lumpur which is slightly over two hours away from the city by car. The Campus welcomed its first intake of students in May 2007.

Flanked by picturesque mountains, dotted with scenic lakes and located within a growing township, Kampar Campus offers a conducive and serene learning environment. This Campus features modern educational facilities and provides students with access to some of the latest learning technologies and research innovations. In addition, the Campus has facilities for sports such as football, basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis and a gymnasium. The spacious campus grounds are also ideal for jogging and cycling.

The following faculties are located in UTAR Kampar Campus:

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FAS)
  • Faculty of Business and Finance (FBF)
  • Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology (FEGT)
  • Faculty of Information and Communication Technology (FICT)
  • Faculty of Science (FSc)
  • Centre for Foundation Studies (CFS Kampar)
  • Centre for Extension Education (CEE Kampar)
  • Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS Kampar)

The construction of Phase Two of the Kampar campus was completed in mid- 2012. With the completion of Phase Two, there are now 15 buildings in this lake-view campus including a grand hall with a seating capacity of 4,000, lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, a cafeteria, and the creation of more parking spaces.

Visitors to the panoramic UTAR Kampar Campus will unmistakably catch a glimpse of the exceptionally striking grand hall erected with architectural finesse on a 12,000-square metre plot of land. This palatial hall was built to commemorate UTAR's 10th anniversary and it was named after its illustrious founder, YABhg Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik who is now the Chancellor of UTAR.

UTAR Sungai Long Campus
The Sungai Long Campus is located in Bandar Sungai Long, a main township in Kajang, Selangor. It is a purpose-built campus with surrounding facilities and services that support banking, housing, public transport, shopping and meals for the convenience of the students.

On 1 June 2015, UTAR relocated its campuses and offices from Setapak, Kuala Lumpur and Section 13 Petaling Jaya to its own campus in Sungai Long in a move to consolidate and strengthen the University’s presence in the Klang Valley. This move to Sungai Long was one of the most defining moments in UTAR’s history as the University continues its next decade of excellence in education.

The Sungai Long Campus houses the Mary KUOK Pick Hoo Library and the following faculties, centres and institutes:

  • Faculty of Accountancy and Management (FAM)
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Science (FMHS)
  • Faculty of Creative Industries (FCI)
  • Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES)
  • Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS)
  • Centre for Foundation Studies (CFS)
  • Centre for Extension Education (CEE)
  • Institute of Management and Leadership Development
  • Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Research

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Entry Requirements

  • A Master's Degree from UTAR and shows evidence of adequate related research or work experiences to satisfaction of Senate or
  • A Master's Degree of other University or equivalence qualification from an Institution as approved by Senate
  • Any other academic equivalence to 1 or 2 and from other Universities that approved by Senate

In addition to the academic requirement, an applicant is also required to meet the required English Language requirement before being admitted to the programme of study

Payment Plan Options

Official Course Fee: RM 11,107

Registration Fees: RM 200 (payable upon registration)
Caution Money: RM 200 (payable upon registration)
Course Work Components: RM 2,430
Research Components: RM 6,000 (RM 2,000/year)
Other Fees: RM 759/year

Instalment Plan Breakdown:

  • 1st Sem: RM 3,989
  • 2nd Sem: RM 800
  • 3rd Sem: RM 800
  • 4th Sem: RM 1,159
  • 5th Sem: RM 800
  • 6th Sem: RM 800
  • 7th Sem: RM 1,159
  • 8th Sem: RM 800
  • 9th Sem: RM 800
    Total: RM 11,107

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Additional information

Awarding Body

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)

Campus Location

Kajang, Selangor, Kampar, Perak


36 Months

Mode of Study

Full-Time, Weekday Class

Schedule System

Semester System


Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Class Size

10-15 Students


Locally, Oversea


Conducted in Malaysia

MQA Accredited

Yes – Accredited


2 Core Subjects + 1 Thesis Writing


100% Research

EPF Withdrawal

Yes, Available

Installment Plan

Yes, Available (9 Installment)