Doctor of Philosophy – PhD (Supply Chain Management)






No closing date. Admissions subject to availability of supervisors and academic place.


The PhD in Supply Chain Management is a full research doctoral programme. Doctoral students are required to demonstrate a comprehensive and high level of thinking, enquiry and insight by exploring untapped scientific territories in pursuit of universal knowledge within a changing global environment through critical engagement with communities. Students must not just engage in meaningful and sound academic discourse in various contexts of supply chain management, but also write scientific papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Entry Requirements

As a research-based degree, a master’s degree in Supply Chain Management or a cognate discipline with a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical application is a requirement. A module in Research Methodology at a postgraduate level is an advantage.

Programme structure

While there is no coursework required of students, a student must attend regular sessions with her or his supervisor, follow instructions from supervisors, and submit progress reports twice a year. Students are further expected to attend research and writing workshops convened by the discipline, the School of Management, IT and Governance or the College of Law and Management Studies, present papers at conferences and publish at least one article in an approved peer-review journal. Registrants may undertake full-time or part-time study. The requisite 392 credits are earned solely through research that is published in a thesis.

Programme teaching and supervision

Students enter into a contract with a supervisor who will govern and facilitate the research experience.
Programme supervisors
Dissertation and thesis supervisors are drawn from the discipline or other duly qualified academics upon review and approval by the Dean and Head of School and/or the Research & Higher Degrees Committee.

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