The Research Methodology Courses and Special study are unique to doctoral programs.

The Knowledge Building Courses will be aligned to MBA required or elective courses.



  • Research Methodology Courses:

Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis   

Quantitative Data Analysis for Management Research

Management Research Design and Methodology

  • Knowledge Building Courses:

12 Credits of MBA Core or Elective courses from SOM course offerings. It is noted that for DBA students who previously completed the MBA or equivalent Master Degree may apply for “Transfer of Credits” for up to 9 credits of relevant coursework. Subjects to choose from:

  • ACCOUNTING FOR DECISION-MAKING: This course aims to provide knowledge in financial accounting, cost accounting and tax accounting.  It aims to develop accounting skills so that students are able to make decisions consistent with accounting practices and policy in business organisations.
  • BUSINESS ANALYTICS FOR MANAGEMENT DECISIONS: This course is designed to introduce management students from a variety of backgrounds to the fundamental tools of data analytics and decision science.
  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND NEW VENTURES: The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of the interrelationships between the management of new ventures and entrepreneurship in an innovation-driven and knowledge-based economic development.
  • CORPORATE FINANCE: The purpose of this course is to provide students thorough knowledge in financial management and financial decision tools.  The course aims to provide understanding in corporate finance for both practical and theoretical aspects and an opportunity to utilise valuation techniques in investment banking transactions.
  • LEADERSHIP AND ORGANISATION MANAGEMENT: This course provides the knowledge base on how organisation is developed and changed over time to cope with changing environment; how organisations improve their performance and leadership for business sustainability in various business sectors. It emphasises the role of leadership and leadership development in organisation management.  The course also aims to develop the learners’ ability to develop effective leadership and management skills for their organisations.
  • MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS:This course focuses on the evolution and functioning of markets using theories of economics, behavioural science and sociology and enable students to understand the behaviours of real markets.
  • MANAGING TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION: The objective of this course is to provide participants with knowledge and tools to understand, anticipate, acquire and use technology for attaining competitiveness at the marketplace.
  • MARKETING MANAGEMENT: This course aims to provide knowledge in marketing concepts from a managerial perspective.
  • OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT: The course provides students with theories and practices in planning and managing the operations part of an organisation. In the course, students will be able to develop managerial skills in planning business operations covering both long and short term planning, such as capacity plan and production resource scheduling respectively.
  • STRATEGY AND CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY: This course is designed to help managers, management consultants, or investment bankers gain an understanding of the theory and practice in the field of strategic management. The course will focus on three main areas: (a) strategic analysis, (b) strategy formulation; and (c) strategy implementation.


  • Special Studies

Research project

  • Dissertation