Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Management
What is the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Management?
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Management is a three year program focused on academic research which prepares you like the DBA Doctor of Business Administration for a doctoral degree at the highest European Qualification Framework level 8.
- Flexibility: Online course delivery, part-time and full-time options, study “holidays”, and a modern online learning platform help you to integrate your studies in your personal and professional life.
- Entry requirements: An excellent Bachelor degree or a Master degree is sufficient; no GRE / GMAT required.
- Individual Tutoring: Individual tutoring of your committee members will support you to finish your PhD faster and in a high quality.
- Flexible payment and affordable fees: Flexible payment plans and affordable program fees of just EUR 299 per ECTS will help you to finance your studies.
- Make an impact and to drive change: Choose a topic in your field of interest to contribute, to make an impact and to drive change.
Our PhD students are motivated to create something new, to make an impact, to initiate change. With their research, they will make an original contribution to solve current problems and close a gap in the academic literature. Depending on their research interests, our PhD students cover a wide range of current topics in management: International Business, Finance, Accounting, Controlling, Human Resource Management, Marketing, (Information) Technology Management, Data Analytics, Consulting, Counseling / Training, Interim Management, Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management, Change Management, Leadership / Management, Health Care, Automotive, Tourism and Hospitality etc.
The PhD in Management program is very flexible. You may study full-time and part-time. The online delivery mode, the availability of study “holidays”, the (a) synchronous teaching sessions, our flexible payment plans, and the modern online learning platform help you to integrate your studies in your personal and professional life.
This program is unique as it will assist you right from the beginning with the identification and development of your dissertation topic and expose you to academic publications in renowned international journals. During the program, you will work in small groups to learn from your peers and you will get advice on your dissertation research topic in private tutoring classes with the members of your dissertation committee. During the whole program, students will be guided step by step through their doctoral research project. This allows you to publish various scientific articles in journals and conferences, and finalize your study within the set timeframe.
Who will benefit from it?
The PhD programme is designed for professionals as well as people planning for a career change to be an academic and academics who have no doctorate but want to improve their qualifications to take their career to a new level by enhancing their professional and academic knowledge, skills and competences, and contribute to the expansion of academic, scientific, and professional knowledge in management.
What are my career perspectives?
This program can lead directly to career advancement for academics but also executives, general managers, project managers, entrepreneurs, and decision-makers in all kinds of organizations.
After successful completion of the PhD Doctor of Philosophy in Management, you may also continue your academic training with the PGCert in Academic Research and Publication and the PGCert in Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. DBAs and PhDs with both PGCerts will be recognized as Lecturers in Higher Education. This will allow you to teach and to do research at Higher Education Institutions.
Just enroll in the first module to better understand how you can integrate your studies in your personal and professional life before you commit yourself to the full programme.
Fact sheet Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Management
|Completion time:||Full time 36 months
Part time 48-84 months
|Program structure:||13 Modules|
|European Qualification Framework level:||All modules are EQF level 8
|Language of instruction:||English|
|Mode of delivery:||Fully online|
|Where can I firstname.lastname@example.org|
|How can I apply?||Online via email@example.com|
|When can I start?||At the beginning of each quarter|
|Name of the Educational Programme||Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Management|
|Exit Qualifications||Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Management|
|Accredited Status of the Programme||
Approved Higher Education Programme by MFHEA
|MQF / EQF level||8|
|Type of Programme||Qualification|
|Mode of Delivery||Online|
|Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Management|
|Hours of Total Learning for the whole PhD in management programme||• Total Contact Hours: 900
• Self-Study Hours: 3204
• Assessment Hours: 396
• Total Learning Hours of this Module: 4500
|Hours of total learning for Modules 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12||• Total Contact Hours: 50
• Self-Study Hours: 178
• Assessment Hours: 22
• Total Learning Hours of this Module: 250
|Hours of total learning for Modules 3, 6, 9, 10, 13||• Total Contact Hours: 100
• Self-Study Hours: 356
• Assessment Hours: 44
• Total Learning Hours of this Module: 500
|Mode of Attendance||Full-Time and Part-Time|
|Programme Duration||36 months (full-time), 48-84 months (part-time)|
|Target Group||The PhD programme is designed for professionals as well as people planning for a career change to be an academic and academics who have no doctorate but want to improve their qualifications to take their career to a new level by enhancing their professional and academic knowledge, skills and competences, and contribute to the expansion of academic, scientific, and professional knowledge in management.|
|Language of Instruction||English|
To register for the PhD programme you will need:
- a Master’s degree (MQF level 7 qualification) or distinction profile of Bachelor degree (MQF level 6 qualification),
- sufficient language skills (e.g., English IELTS level 6.5 or above), and
- sufficient digital competences to use EIM’s online learning platform (Google Education),
or to be able to demonstrate the requisite level of proficiency.
|Term 1 (11 weeks)||● Contemporary Issues in Management and Leadership
● Introduction to Doctoral Research
|Term 2 (11 weeks)||Advanced Research Methods|
|Term 3 (11 weeks)||Development of Academic Studies|
|Term 4 (11 weeks)||Proposal – Introduction of the Study|
|Term 5 (11 weeks)||Proposal – Literature Review|
|Term 6 (11 weeks)||Proposal – Research Methodology|
|Term 7 (11 weeks)||Proposal – Defense|
|Term 8 (11 weeks)||Final study – Data Collection|
|Term 9 (11 weeks)||Final study – Data Analysis|
|Term 10 (11 weeks)||Final study – Discussion, Conclusions, and Recommendations|
|Term 11 (11 weeks)||Final study – Defense|
Term 12 (11 weeks)
|Term 1 (11 weeks)||Contemporary Issues in Management and Leadership|
|Term 2 (11 weeks)||Introduction to Doctoral Research|
|Term 3-4 (11 weeks)||Advanced Research Methods|
|Term 5 (11 weeks)||Development of Academic Studies|
|Term 6 (11 weeks)||Proposal – Introduction of the Study|
|Term 7-8 (11 weeks)||Proposal – Literature Review|
|Term 9 (11 weeks)||Proposal – Research Methodology|
|Term 10 (11 weeks)||Proposal – Defense|
|Term 11-12 (11 weeks)||Final study – Data Collection|
Term 13-14 (11 weeks)
|Final study – Data Analysis|
|Term 15 (11 weeks)||Final study – Discussion, Conclusions, and Recommendations|
|Term 16 (11 weeks)||Final study – Defense|
|Term 17-18 (11 weeks)||Academic publication|
The Doctor of Philosophy in Management (PhD in Management) programme is a MQF / EQF level 8 online doctoral programme which allows learners to study full-time or part-time. The overall goal of the PhD in Management programme is to produce an original contribution to the body of knowledge in management in form of a written dissertation. Therefore, learners will be taught and trained to apply the most advanced and specialized skills and techniques, including synthesis and evaluation, to solve a research problem and to extend and redefine existing knowledge. Learners will develop competences at the forefront in study including the demonstration of substantial authority in their field of study, the promotion of social, scientific, and ethical advancement, innovation, autonomy, and scholarly integrity, and sustained commitment to the development of new ideas or processes.
Teaching and Learning Procedures
The core pedagogical method used in this course will consist of synchronous online Oxbridge-style tutorials between a faculty member, or a learning coach under the oversight of a faculty member (= tutors), and a group of learners. Learner interaction plays a key role in the organisation of each tutorial meeting, which focuses on a discussion of a learner’s pre-submitted assignment.
Formative assessment applies to the continuous evaluation of learner progress in each module, concentrating on the proficiency of submitted tutorial assignments, and the ability of the learner to respond to issues raised by the faculty member / lecturer during the tutorial session.
Summative assessment is by the final dissertation (at least 60,000 words) and an oral defense thereof (90 minutes individual presentation followed by a 45 minute questions and answers session).
Grading System Final Dissertation:
Not available yet.
The programme provides general qualifications in domains that use the transferable knowledge, skills and competences developed in this programme, including rigorous research, data collection and analysis, evidence-based judgments, critical thinking, written reports, and effective oral communication. This includes work in general management for corporate services, research, teaching and learning, higher education, training, publishing, international institutions, and consulting. This programme may provide knowledge and skills that will facilitate advancement for lecturers, researchers, and career changers in Higher Education. This programme does not directly lead to a warranted profession or regulated occupation.
The program fees below refer to the 2023/2024 academic year unless otherwise stated. Program fees are calculated per credit taught. Program fees are subject to annual inflation so the total cost are shown here as a guide. EIM will apply the program fees at the time of the payment.
Programme Fees per quarter: EUR 2’990
Expected Total Programme Fees: EUR 35’880 (for 12 quarters)
Pay your program fees:
You can choose to pay your program fees in full at the start of your first term or in instalments at the start of each term. Additional fees may apply for different payment terms, currencies, and methods.
The program fees cover the course delivery and the learning material. Other fees may apply for additional services (e.g., fees for RPL applications, resitting an assessment, repeating a module, or additional tutoring etc.).
Get funding for your program:
EIM offers support to get access to different funding options like for example scholarships.
Program fees shown on our website are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where EIM is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in Malta, our program fees are exempt from VAT.
PHD students can write their dissertations about topics and subject areas like for example International Business, Finance, Accounting, Controlling, Human Resource Management, Marketing, (Information) Technology Management, Data Analytics, Consulting, Counseling / Training, Interim Management, Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management, Change Management, Leadership / Management, Health Care, Automotive, Tourism and Hospitality or other topics they are interested in.