The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration is an internationally recognized research qualification which allows professionals, managers and academicians to apply advanced research skills and techniques to describe explain and improve existing management practices in a scientific manner. The UCP PhD degree program in Business Administration comprises of course work and supervised research thesis provides training and education with the objective of producing graduates who have the capacity to conduct research independently at high level of originality and quality. The goal of PhD research is to contribute to existing body of knowledge by filling gaps in the current literature. This aim can be achieved when a PhD candidate uncovers new knowledge either by discovery of new facts, formulation of new concepts and theories or the innovative reinterpretation of established ideas.

Our doctoral program aims to produce graduates who can initiate genuine and indigenous ideas to not only enrich the field of research but to address current governance and management challenges of Pakistan. This program is for graduates seeking to extend and deepen their knowledge by undertaking an appropriate research investigation under the supervision of academic staff of UCP Business School.

Program Objectives:

After the successful completion of the PhD program, students will have the ability to:

  • Design, plan and execute an original piece of research that makes a substantial contribution to disciplinary knowledge.
  • Undertake self-directed research and produce high-quality outcomes in an acceptable time period.
  • Critically evaluate relevant academic literature and perspectives in order to assess arguments and evidence in relation to their research agenda.
  • determine and apply appropriate research methods for their research problem;
  • Exhibit and apply advanced knowledge and scholarship in a specialist field related to their research problem.
  • Demonstrate high level and systematic understanding of the principles, methods and applications of management sciences.
  • Articulate and communicate complex issues and impart scholarly knowledge, both orally and in writing, to peers and the scholarly community.

Degree Requirements

  • Core Courses: Four Courses / 12 Credit Hours
  • Elective Courses: Two Courses / 06 Credit Hours
  • Thesis: 30 Credit Hours
  • Total: 48
  • Duration: Minimum 3 years – Maximum 8 years