The purpose of the doctorate degree In Business Administration is to provide opportunities for deserving students from IUM and other universities who have successfully completed Master’s degree programmes in the relevant and/or related fields, and who fulfil the requirements for admission to a doctorate (Ph.D.) programme in Business Administration.Outcomes of the PhD Qualification in Business Administration:
Holders of the PhD qualification in Business Administration are able to:
a. A Master’s Degree registered at NQF Level 9 in a relevant discipline.
b. Any qualification at NQF Level 8 in a related discipline plus either at least five years of work experience at a senior management or professional level plus the publication of a peer-reviewed paper(s) or other publication(s).
It is also a requirement that people entering into supervised learning leading to the award of this qualification have been recognized as having attained or shall undertake non-credit bearing courses at NQF Level 8 or above relating to:
The attainment of this qualification requires significant levels of self-directed study and research actions that require access to specialized research resources and/or facilities. The availability of such resources and/or facilities shall be verified by the IUM Postgraduate Committee. Students preparing for the award of this qualification must be supervised by recognized experts in the field of study. At least one of these recognized experts must hold a PhD Degree, preferably in the field of study. Supervisors allocated to students shall be approved by the Postgraduate Committee and shall act in accordance with instructions issued by the Committee and approved by the Council.
The award of this qualification first requires the presentation and defence of a research (dissertation) proposal that is accepted by the Higher Degrees/Postgraduate Committee of Senate. As a minimum, the dissertation proposal must comply with the format specified by the Committee and be inclusive of:
a. A review of literature relevant to the proposed area of research and which clearly establishes a conceptual framework upon which the research problem is based and provides insight into existing knowledge related to the problem.
b. A clear outline of the purpose of the research study and the research questions, the relevant theoretical and/or conceptual framework on which the study shall be based, any delineations regarding the scope of the study, and defines terms specific to the study.
c. A clear outline of the research design and procedures, data collection and analysis methods to be applied, and measures to ensure the research shall be ethical and, where relevant, cognisant of the need to protect the welfare and wellbeing of any persons who and/or environs that are the subject of the research.
d. A proposed timeline for the completion of the research and the presentation of a thesis and/or associated innovative or creative works.
The award of this qualification shall ultimately depend on the recommendation made by a panel of independent experts to the Postgraduate Committee who, in applying current international standards, would consider that a thesis submitted to the panel and defended by the candidate:
a. Represents scholarly and/or innovative work significantly higher than a Master’s degree in that it represents comprehensive, systematic and in-depth mastery of knowledge, research and analysis techniques relevant to the field of study, and
b. Contributes significantly and originally to the ideas, practices and current debates at the cutting edge of the field of study, and
c. Warrants publication and/or presentation as a peer-reviewed work.
There shall be at least three examiners for each thesis. The examiners shall be experts/specialists in the field of the study approved by Senate on the recommendation of the Faculty Postgraduate Committee. At least one of the examiners shall not be an employee of the IUM and shall not have been one of the supervisors of the candidate being examined.
All the processes of the PhD programme shall be conducted under the oversight of the each faculty under the supervision and/or coordination of the Postgraduate Committee and normally all external examiners shall be senior academics at Senior Lecturer level and above with considerable experience in teaching and research at postgraduate studies level and at least three years after their PhD graduation.Course Outline
|DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PHD) DEGREE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (NQF LEVEL 10)|
|Conceptual Analysis & Research Methodology|
|Full PhD Thesis (Dissertation)|