Kurdistan Business School

Business and Management

PhD in Business Management


The Philosophy of Doctorate (PhD) in Business Management is a 240 credit academic program that aims at enabling students to become more creative in the research and teaching aspects of Business Management areas. Graduates of this program will enjoy great opportunities of working as faculty members at higher education setups. This programme is designed for applicants with a BSc or BA in followed by MSc and MA holders in Business Management. The minimum average mark accepted by the applicant’s achievement in the undergraduate level is 60% while the average in the MSc/MA level should be no less than 70% 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 and the maximum ten. The applicant must successfully pass an entrance exam of both, written and oral questions worth to 30%. The first 15% of the marks are devoted to generic questions in the area of Business Management while the remaining 15% are devoted for more dissertation subject area by the student. The remaining 70% is valued based on scores given to each mark above the graduation average in the previous degree (one score for extra mark) and any outstanding achievements such as patents, publishing books/ editing and research related to the degree pursued.


The programme starts with a proposal submitted by the applicant followed by a presentation at the department. The department verifies the proposal and then askes a supervisor to supervise the student based on expertise and consent of both the supervisor and the student with a possibility of assigning a second supervisor/Co-supervisor depending on the themes and arrays of the proposal. In parallel with working on the proposal, the student must successfully pass one semester of 60 credits in the first part of the first academic year. Four thesis-tailored modules, normally each bearing 15 credits each will be offered by the department (PG Committee) to the student. 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. The assessment mode in each module may take different summative and formative assessment depending on the learning outcomes shown in the module descriptors. Assessments could range from midterm exams, final exam to 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 bearing thesis of no less than 80,000 words based on the (details in PhD Handbook). During the thesis writing period the PhD candidate needs to will work on publishing two papers in reputable journals (UKH publishing standards). After submitting the thesis to the department. The PhD candidate will need to defend his/her thesis in public (viva). 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 over 1semesters while the average of the four modules should be no less than 70%. Different modules have different evaluation modes generally covering a coursework of no less than 40% and no more than 60% while the rest is deployed over the midterm exams/final written exam or projects. Coursework normally includes but not limited to case studies, reports, assignments and presentations.

Admission Criteria

Admission Requirements for Master’s Degree are:

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 shall be no gender or age discrimination for admission to the PhD programme.

d.     Candidates seeking admission to a PhD/DBA 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 in a font size of 12 following the specific form provided by UKH under the title of “Outlines of the Proposed Research Topic".

e.    Candidates seeking admission to a PhD/DBA programme shall have to appear for an interview.

f.     An written entrance exam worth over 30% (15% generic in the major + 15% specific in the MA/MSc area). Passing mark is 15% in order to move to the next stage.   

g.     70% will be decided within the schools’ requirements.

h.       The applicant must score 50% and above in the total of 30% and 70% in order to be qualified to enter the PhD/DBA program and start as a full time researcher

Note: For AY 2018-19 applications, please email [email protected] or visit UKH's Registry Office.

Tuition Fee

$6,000 USD per academic year.

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