Students will be exposed to the relevant theories and critical research issues in their respective areas of specialisation. Each student is required to conduct a research study and complete a thesis detailing the research objectives, literature reviewed, the research design, data analysis and findings of the research. The student has to prepare and defend his/her research proposal before being allowed to continue his/her research and completion of his/her thesis.
To qualify for each of the Master of Science (Management), applicants must possess one of the following qualifications:
- A Bachelor’s Degree [Level 6, Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF)] in a business-related field with minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.00, or its equivalent qualifications as accepted by PBS Senate; or
- A Bachelor’s Degree (Level 6, MQF) in a business-related field not meeting CGPA of 2.75 but above the CGPA of 2.50 out of 4.00, or its equivalent qualifications may be accepted, subject to rigorous internal assessment (may include tests, interviews or portfolio); or
- A Bachelor’s Degree in a business-related field with a CGPA below 2.50 out of 4.00, or its equivalent qualifications, may be accepted subject to a minimum of 5 years of working experience in a relevant field; or
- Other qualifications that is recognised as being equivalent to the above approved by the PBS Senate.
All international candidates from countries where English is not a medium of instruction must have obtained a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 550 or 80 for the Internet-Based Test, or Band 6.0 for International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or its equivalent.
PHASE I – COURSEWORK (6 credit hours)
The coursework is mandatory. Each student must attain an overall CGPA of 3.00 before he/she is allowed to proceed with his/her research in Phase II.
Two core courses (6 credit hours)
- Research Methodology
- Research Analysis
PHASE II – PROPOSAL DEFENCE (PD)
Each student must publicly present and defend his/her MSc research proposal. The assessment at the PD stage involves evaluation of the student’s knowledge of the extant literature in his/her area of research, his ability to integrate the theories pertinent to the research in formulating the appropriate research framework and his/her ability to adopt the appropriate research design.
The student is only allowed to continue with his/her research to Phase III upon passing of the defence of his/her proposal.
PHASE III – THESIS PREPARATION
The student proceeds to continue with his/her data collection, data analysis and thesis writing.
PHASE IV – VIVA VOCE
After submission of the thesis, the student is required to attend a viva-voce to orally defend his/her thesis.
The assessment at the viva voce stage involves evaluation of the student’s knowledge and ability to complete his/her research study to the satisfaction of the panel of two independent examiners.