The research-based Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in the available disciplines has as a general aim of provision of an academically rigorous education designed to develop skills, expertise, knowledge and vision to enable students, whatever their chosen route, to be critical, analytical and creative. The program aims to provide opportunity for self-development in relation to career enhancement and as life-long learners. The program offers students the opportunity to develop their own capabilities, skills and competencies within a supported environment.
The program is provided entirely online via distance learning. It is targeted at working professionals who are at an advanced stage of their career, aiming for the ultimate academic qualification.
The program is available in manifold disciplines. It has as a general aim of provision of an academically rigorous education designed to develop skills, expertise, knowledge and vision to enable students, whatever their chosen route, to be critical, analytical and creative. The program aims to provide opportunity for self-development in relation to career enhancement and as life-long learners. The program offers students the opportunity to develop their own capabilities, skills and competencies within a supported environment.
Targeted at senior business practitioners and academicians seeking thorough competence for an academic profile.
SMC Education Group
min. 40 months
Bachelor degree (min 180 ECTS)
Master degree (min 90 ECTS)
Proficiency in English
The PhD qualification is a terminal degree. It is a research doctorate, requiring research-related coursework beyond the Master’s level plus action research/Dissertation contributing to theory or practice in relation to the discipline as well as to development of professional practice by contributing to field-specific knowledge and hence impact practice beyond research.
The program is operated and delivered entirely by SMC and its experience faculty and mentors, ensuring highest quality. The degree is conferred by UCN.
Available Research Areas
Due to the flexible structure of the program, enrollment is on an ongoing basis but highly selective. Supported through the asynchronous method of studying, admitted students may commence their studies at any time in alignment with their personal and professional commitments.
In order to be considered for Admission, successful Applicants must hold a Master degree from an internationally recognized academic institution (EQF Level 7 or equivalent), having accumulated a minimum total of 270 ECTS credits including undergraduate (EQF Level 6 or equivalent) studies, as well as prove proficiency in English.
Qualitative Research Methods
This course provides students with the foundation for conducting applied qualitative business research, i.e., to design, conduct, read and evaluate qualitative research projects. Attention is given to the role qualitative research can play alongside quantitative research, for example in defining variables, or ‘quants’, or in describing the ‘why’ behind quantitative results. The course also presents the strength of qualitative research in providing rich descriptions and context to observed phenomenon. Various models of qualitative methods and designs will be explored including program evaluations, case studies and interviews. Student practice the skills by designing a qualitative research project proposal.
Quantitative Research Methods
The quantitative research methods course introduces students to the field of social science research. It examines in depth the research process and introduces doctoral candidates to the various aspects of conducting scientific research, with a specific focus on quantitative methodology. Topics covered include problem statement development, research question/hypothesis formulation, theory synthesis, validation of research instruments, sampling strategies within a unique cultural context, data collection techniques, ethical issues in research, and data analyses methodologies. The course will also introduce big data and its relevance to business research.
Focus of the research is the thorough investigation of a significant business problem or challenge of strategic importance facing their own organization, industry or market and design an intervention with measurable outcomes. Within this final dissertation, students must apply relevant interdisciplinary knowledge and select the appropriate research design and methodology for their study. The student’s dissertation is expected to make a significant contribution to the understanding of a business phenomenon.