PhD Program

The research-based Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 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.

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 by Swiss Management Center. Our experienced faculty and mentors, ensure highest quality. The degree is conferred by UCN.

Available Research Areas

  • PhD in Business Administration

  • PhD in Management

  • PhD in Finance

  • PhD in Political Economy

  • PhD in International Relations

  • PhD in Education

Key Facts

Targeted at senior business practitioners and academicians seeking thorough competence for an academic profile.


Tuition Fee

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Provided by

Swiss Management Center


Program Duration




Accredited Degree (UCN)


Learning Mode

Distance Learning


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor degree (min 180 ECTS)

  • Master degree (min 90 ECTS)

  • Proficiency in English

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Course Outline

Doctoral Seminar: Research Methods & Design 1

This course introduces students to the field of research. It examines the research process in depth and introduces doctoral candidates to the various aspects of doing scientific research, providing practical advice and insight in the field. Topics covered include hypothesis formulation and theory construction, data collection techniques, ethical issues in research, and research design.

Upon completion, participants will be able to distinguish amongst the different types of research, be aware of the tools used and their relative roles and reliability. Participants review the steps to be undertaken in the research design, writing, and in publishing the results. This is a very practical course aimed to guide participants through the work that lies ahead.

Doctoral Seminar: Research Methods & Design II

The Research Methodology and Design II course is divided in two parts, which will provide doctoral candidates with a solid foundation and valid framework to accomplish their research goals.

The first part of the course examines qualitative research and behavioral research. Topics covered include: criteria for valid and reliable research; advantages and disadvantages of different research strategies; electronic and paper tools for searching literature; research methods – observational, survey and experimental; general writing techniques and writing style; data analysis; and data presentation.

The second part of the course examines the fields of quantitative and econometric research. Topics covered include: scientific methods, cognitive guidelines, quantification and standardization in survey research and reconciling practical and scientific requirements for creating valid and unbiased surveys. It also examines research tools and applied econometrics. Topics include: regression analysis, estimation procedures, hypothesis testing, time series modeling, and forecasting.

The course permits learners to distinguish between the different methods of collecting data, analyzing data and the research techniques to be used for optimum results. A wide range of concepts and methods for observing, interviewing, recording and analyzing field data is covered, exposing the learner to quantitative and qualitative methods, and the ethical considerations in qualitative research practice. Furthermore the course provides a solid understanding of statistical tools used in empirical analysis enabling participants to develop solid analytical skills. Additional emphasis is placed on the process of rigorous formulation of research questions and design.

Thesis: Doctoral Dissertation

An original, academic written product is prepared by each student, presenting the systematic study of a significant problem, applying a coherent methodology, independent research, and comprehensive thinking. Recognized academic standards of organization and documentation also are elements of learning.. A mentor (typically a SMC faculty member) is assigned to each student to provide an ongoing relationship of learning, dialog and challenge. They closely check students’ progress and academic responsibilities. Mentoring is a critical support strategy which positively impacts academic achievement.