The Doctor of Philosophy (Total Quality Management) at HBMSU Dubai covers a wide range of topics including operations management, service quality excellence, strategic management, corporate social responsibility and issues relating to the effectiveness of corporate and competitive strategy in creating a competitive advantage for a firm. The Ph.D.program from HBMSU also includes an advanced doctoral seminar that provides learners with a broad understanding of key research areas in Total Quality Management (TQM) with the intent of helping them to discover their own research interests and begin to build towards a dissertation topic.  The course familiarizes learners with the literature and topics relevant to the TQM field including supply chain management and international quality, designing and assuring quality, implementing quality, and managing quality improvement teams.

HBMSU also offers graduate research assistantship for full-time Ph.D. scholars. Graduate Assistants are full-time doctoral scholars who participate in teaching or research activities in exchange for financial support at the University. Activities that are relevant to the Ph.D. program and contribute to HBMSU's teaching, research and creative activities will be incorporated into the program.

Course topics include Total Quality Management Applications, Strategic Management, review of TQM Literature and Service Quality Excellence.

Via HBMSU's interactive smart learning platform, the HBMSU Smart Campus, Ph.D. scholars will be able to take the program in any part of the world, through interactive online sessions, without disrupting their schedule. It is based on a highly successful blended learning model, that is unique to the region and has received full accreditation and support from the UAE Ministry of Education's Commission for Academic Accreditation.

An international advisory board of scholars and practitioners has also been established to review the curricula, pedagogy, and technology used to deliver the courses on a regular basis to ensure highest possible standards. 

This program is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education’s Commission for Academic Accreditation.

Furthermore, the Ph.D. program can be taken as a full or part-time program. The full-time program is 3 years (maximum 5 years) while for a part-time program, the duration is 4 years (maximum 6 years). For an overview of core units and electives you can study in this course, please see study plan.

Admission Requirements: The applicant must hold a Master's degree from an accredited university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 Scale or its established equivalent. A candidate for the Ph.D. program will be required to sit for a formal interview to evaluate his/her fitness for the Ph.D. program. For full admission requirements and language requirements, please see Doctorate Admission Requirements.

For in-career applicants based on full-time employment, we offer a part-time Ph.D. study plan. This study plan track has a flexible enrollment period based on 4 years minimum and 6 years maximum study.
Target audience
This program is designed for individuals interested in attaining the highest academic degree awarded in the study of management science, enabling them to pursue an academic career as a researcher and educator.
Program Goals
To generate a critical understanding of multiple paradigms in contemporary research;
To prepare learners to create knowledge in academic disciplines;
To prepare learners to become scholars in a chosen field of study;
To enable learners to analyze knowledge-creation issues under dynamic conditions of the environment;
To prepare learners to be proficient in applying knowledge and finding scientific solutions for socio-economic problems, and
To support learners in developing professional skills so that they can effectively communicate their research findings and engage in active international debates in their fields of study.
Program Outcomes
To be able to create and apply knowledge within and across academic and professional domains;
To be able to construct and test relevant research questions or hypotheses in order to conduct problem-solving research;
To use research acumen to generate and test innovative ideas for conducting research anchored in the value system of the Arab World;
To apply quantitative and qualitative tools of inquiry and analysis in research;
To be able to construct and synthesize inter-disciplinary strands of knowledge ;
To use software packages in a creative manner in research endeavors, and
To create an impact on society through scientific research.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for Doctorate graduates include

  • Chief executive officer
  • Chief operation officer
  • Public or corporate policy maker
  • Innovative product development (R&D)
  • Academic researcher
  • Professional service business consultant
  • Product research and developer
  • Collegiate level teaching
  • Training specialists
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