School of Business

Business and Management

PhD in Business Management


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Management is a 240 credit academic program that aims at enabling students to become academic experts in research and teaching of a specific field within Business and Management. Graduates of this program will enjoy the opportunity of working as faculty members at higher education institutions. The programme is designed for applicants with both a BSc or BA and a MSc or MA in Business Management. Applicant’s need a minimum average mark of 60% at the undergraduate level, and 70% average at the MSc/MA level, which is in accordance with the Kurdistan Regions’ Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) regulations. The student needs to submit an English language proficiency of PTE 50% or any equivalent exam score. English foundation program is also available at UKH (check website for more details). The minimum duration of this programme is nine semesters but can be extended to a maximum of ten.


The programme starts with a proposal submitted by the applicant followed by a presentation at the department. The department verifies the proposal and allocates a supervisor to supervise the student based on expertise. With the consent of both the supervisor and the student a second supervisor is assigned with aligning themes and expertise. In parallel with working on the proposal, the student must successfully pass one semester (60 credits) in the first part of the first academic year. Four thesis-tailored modules, normally each bearing 15 credits, will be offered by the department for the student to undertake. In order to successfully pass the semester, the student must score at least 60% in each module and no less than 70% on the average of final mark in the four modules. Assessment for modules could range from exams, projects, reports and assignments. After successfully passing the semester, the PhD candidate is required to submit a full proposal by the end of the academic year. Based on the evaluation of the proposal recommendations suggested by the PG evaluation committee, the student starts writing a 180 credits thesis, which will be no less than 80,000 words. During the thesis writing period the PhD candidate will be required to publish two articles in Scopus ranked journals. After submitting the thesis to the department, the PhD candidate will need to defend his/her thesis in an academic viva voce. The examining committee will comprise of a chair, three examiners (one external) and the supervisor, who is entitled to make a brief comment at the end of the examination if needed.


The passing mark is 60% in each of the four modules being studied while the average of the four modules should be no less than 70%. Modules are likely to have different evaluation modes which depends on the discretion of the module leader.

Admission Criteria

a.     A candidate seeking admission to the programme of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at UKH must have MPhil/MA/MSc with a minimum score of 70% or an equivalent GPA and BA/BSc with a minimum score of 60% or an equivalent GPA from any recognised institution, in a field of study relating to the respective subject for which s/he is seeking admission provided that a competent supervisory committee can be made in accordance with the UKH rules.

b.    A score of at least 60 in a Pearson Test of English (Academic), or the equivalent in IELTS or TOFEL examination.

c.     Age/Gender: There will be no gender or age discrimination for admission to the PhD programme.

d.     Candidates seeking admission to the PhD programme shall have to submit their applications directed to one of the Programmes of Research that have been announced by relevant Schools and Departments within UKH that would be assessed by the relevant Department, School and the UKH Board of Postgraduate Studies (BPGS).  They are also expected to submit a Research Proposal of three to four A4 pages in length following the specific form provided by UKH under the title of “Outlines of the Proposed Research Topic".

e.    Candidates seeking admission to a PhD programme will be required to undertake an interview.

Note: For AY 2019-20 applications, please email [email protected] or visit UKH's Registry Office.


Tuition Fee

$6,000 USD per academic year.

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