Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration (By Research)

  • Programme Code: PHDBA- R
  • Duration: 3 Years
  • Study time: Weekend
  • Intake: April & August


There is an increasing demand for business management and administration specialists worldwide and Uganda in particular at the Doctoral level. This programme aims at producing specialists in different fields of business management and administration through a more flexible learning approach. The programme has been designed to assist in the development of business and management skills in Uganda and to improve on the quality of human resource for business and non-business in areas of management. Whereas the stiff competition in the business sector calls for development of a human capital base equipped with managerial competences to deal with the National, Regional, Africa and Worldwide trends of contemporary business, there is a remarkable increase in the demand of managerial skills in the wake of liberalized economies, elsewhere in developing countries. This in turn has created a need for managers who are capable of handling the emerging challenges and opportunities. Our graduates will play a key role in achieving Vision 2040 which is conceptualized around strengthening the fundamentals of the national economy to harness the opportunities around the country. [cm_show_info] This PhD in Business Administration (By Research) therefore aims at producing critical thinkers with problem-solving skills, research and analytical competencies in some of the following but not limited to research interests/themes/areas:
  • Business management, Global Economic Systems and lowering the cost of capital
  • Entrepreneurship Development and Training
  • Organization dynamics and mainstreaming in economic production.
  • Indigenous systems and investments in the promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Youth and Development
  • Regionalization, integration and strategic investment
  • Foreign Direct Investment, Industrialization, Urbanization and Social Capital
  • Procurement and Supply Chain Management
  • Energy Economics, Oil, Resource Economics and sustainable development
  • Cross-cultural management and diversity in production.
  • Strategic Management and the role of the 21st Century Skills in Business Development.
  • International business and investment
  • Accounting and finance
  • Business leadership and management
  • Economic Policy, Planning and Analysis
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management
Programme Objectives The objectives of the PhD in Business Administration by research are to enable learners to:
  • Explore advanced knowledge in business management and administration, theory and practice.
  • Apply doctoral-level research theory in business management and administration to contemporary business environments.
  • Analyze global business and economic systems to advise civil society, policy makers and managers in business.
  • Examine trends in business and economic management.
The PhD in Business Administration shall take a minimum of three (3) years and a maximum of Five (5) years. This PhD in Business Administration by Research will be delivered through Seminars, Workshops and Conferences and on-line teaching and learning modes. [/cm_show_info]  

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the PhD programmes must meet the general requirements for admission to Graduate Programmes set by National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) and Kabale University. Specially, applicants must possess the following:

An admissible applicant should meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business related programmes or its equivalent from a recognized university or institution of higher learning
  • Master’s in business related programmes degree from a recognized university and/or institution of higher learning in a field relevant to the research areas (themes)/area of study
  • Prior Learning in relevant field that is equivalent to the qualification that is to be pursued. For Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), a prospective candidate shall first get clearance from NCHE to be eligible for admission
  • Present a concept note of the intended research area but in line with the research themes of the PhD in Business Administration programme at least 2 pages and not be more than 10 pages, double-spaced.

Fees Structure

  • Tuition Fees per Semester (East African): UGX 3,000,000
  • Tuition Fees per Semester (Non East Africans): $2000

Application and selection

Course details

Code Name Delivery Mode CH
PBA9101 Philosophy of Science Seminar 60 HRS
PBA9102 Advanced Research Methods Workshops 60 HRS
PBA9103 Institutional Pedagogy Seminar/Workshop 60 HRS
PBA9104 Scholarly Writing and Publications Seminar 60 HRS
PBA9105 Computer Applications in Research Seminar/Workshop 60 HRS
PBA9106 Seminar Series Seminar/Workshop 60 HRS
PBA9107 Proposal and Thesis Writing  

Career opportunities

Our graduates will play a key role in achieving Vision 2040 which is conceptualized around strengthening the fundamentals of the national economy to harness the opportunities around the country as academicians, consultants, managers of financial institutions, policy makers in government ministries and Civil Society Organizations, business and economic analysts, legislators, commissioners from various regional economic and political blocks, as well as entrepreneurs and investment advisors.