Level 8 Doctor of Science in Strategic Management (DSc) Awarded by UCN

The DSc in Strategic Management is a postgraduate professional and practice-based doctorate designed with 2 taught modules, but has an emphasis on acquiring industry and professional skills in addition to conducting original research at the doctoral level.  With the main focus being original research and the application of existing knowledge and understanding, this practitioner-professional and practice-based doctorate requires significant research to be undertaken in the workplace.  This should have a direct positive effect on the individual’s organization in relation to policy, practice and change, as well as improving personal practices.

Overall Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of the programme, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate the creation, understanding and interpretation of new knowledge through research to satisfy peer review.
  • Systematically acquire and analyse a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or area of professional practice.
  • conceptualise, design and implement a project for the creation of new knowledge and its applications, and be able to adjust the project on encountering unforeseen problems.
  • make informed judgements on complex issues in specialist fields, often in the absence of complete data, and be able to communicate their ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • continue to undertake pure and/or applied research and development at an advanced level, contributing substantially to the development of new techniques, ideas or approaches.
  • demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations, in professional or equivalent environments.


Assessments are based wholly on course work, assignments and doctoral research and dissertation submitted by learners.

Entry Requirements

The following are the normal entry requirements:

A good first degree plus:


  • an MBA or equivalent social science related Masters degree;


  • the candidate must be actively engaged as a practitioner at a senior level in their chosen field.

Programme Structure

There are 2 taught modules (30 ECTS) and a Thesis (90 ECTS).  The modules are:

  • Contemporary Issues in Strategic Management (15 ECTS)
  • Advanced Business Research Methodologies (15 ECTS)

Level 8 Doctorate in Business Administration (“DBA”) awarded by Open University Malaysia (“OUM”)

This is a professional doctoral degree designed for managers and executives who wish to enhance their professional practices and deepen their management knowledge, skills and leadership in business administration through intensive study and research.

Overall Programme Outcomes

  • The DBA aims to produce a new breed of scholar-managers who have the ability to develop a vision for the future, think critically and plan strategically, implement effective business policies and make sound decisions to achieve business goals.
  • A major aim of the OUM DBA is to educate senior executives to be the “scholar-managers”, who are able to apply research findings in solving the real-world management problems.
  • Students are developed to identify innovation opportunities, develop breakthrough strategies, and create an organizational environment that enable innovation and change.
  • Graduates will be able to apply a range of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods and formulate solutions pertaining to real business problems and issues.


Assessments are based wholly on course work, assignments and doctoral research and dissertation submitted by learners.

Entry Requirements

Master’s degree in business administration, management, marketing, economy, commerce or equivalent qualifications approved by OUM.

Programme Structure

A total of 60 credits of core courses, electives and research components need to be completed in order to be awarded this doctoral degree.

15 credits are allocated for core courses, 12 credits are for core research skills, 9 credits are for electives and 24 credits for a research dissertation or projects.

Part 1 – Common Core Modules:

  • Advanced Managerial Economics
  • Advanced Organisation and Management
  • Advanced Marketing Management
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Technical/Academic Writing
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Business Administration
  • Applied Statsitics
  • 3 x Electives

Part 2 – Doctoral Concept Paper and presentation of Research Concept Paper

Part 3 – Research and Dissertation

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