12 PhD Programs in General Studies

The highest academic accomplishment offered, a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), indicates that the person who earned it is deserving of the title of “doctor” in his or her chosen academic career. Typically, this degree involves both coursework and devoted research and can take up to 10 years to earn. What is a PhD in General Studies? While many schools and universities offer a bachelor's de… Read more

The highest academic accomplishment offered, a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), indicates that the person who earned it is deserving of the title of “doctor” in his or her chosen academic career. Typically, this degree involves both coursework and devoted research and can take up to 10 years to earn.

What is a PhD in General Studies? While many schools and universities offer a bachelor's degree in general studies, due to its lack of a specific field, it is not as prevalent at the doctorate level. However, that does not mean there are no options available to receive this degree. Some institutions will offer a PhD in General Studies, and others will offer something similar, such as an interdisciplinary PhD. An interdisciplinary degree involves coursework and research into a wide range of subject matter, from liberal arts to hard sciences like biology or chemistry.

Due to its level of personalization and customization, a general studies program draws on many skills. All PhD candidates will require the ability to research intensely, as well as demonstrate high levels of discipline and a devotion to clearly communicating complex issues. These skills bode well for those seeking a career in research and further learning.

It can be difficult to estimate the cost of a PhD program in general studies due to its inherent nature, but costs will differ from program to program, as well as country to country. Typically, a PhD will take five to eight years to complete.

Those interested in receiving a doctorate-level degree in general studies are typically research-focused, with a willingness to continue their growth in education and academia. It is not unusual for someone with this degree to continue as a lecturer, professor, or even expert-level author in this field. In addition to academics, becoming a field or lab researcher, a corporate or nonprofit consultant, or a data analyst are all possibilities.

Not all PhD-granting institutions offer general studies programs, but they are possible to find locally, globally, and online. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Silesian University of Technology - Joint Doctoral School
Gliwice, Poland

The Joint Doctoral School offers interdisciplinary education covering a wide range of scientific disciplines (Topics of Ph.D. thesis ). Duration of a Ph.D. program is 4 years ... +

The Joint Doctoral School offers interdisciplinary education covering a wide range of scientific disciplines (Topics of Ph.D. thesis ). Duration of a Ph.D. program is 4 years with full-time enrolment. Each Ph.D. student receives a scholarship without charging for tuition. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Campus
 
Hector Fellow Academy
Karlsruhe, Germany

Ph.D. students of the Hector Fellow Academy are employed as research assistants for a period of three years. The salary corresponds to the internal regulations at the Universi ... +

Ph.D. students of the Hector Fellow Academy are employed as research assistants for a period of three years. The salary corresponds to the internal regulations at the University of the respective Hector Fellow (according to TV-L 13, up to 100%, based on the funding rates of the DFG for Ph.D. students). -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Aug 2020
31 Mar 2020
Campus
 
Unicaf University (ZM)
Larnaca, Cyprus +14 More

The goal of the Ph.D. programme is to prepare the next generation of leading researchers. The Ph.D. is a programme of independent, self-directed academic research degree, supp ... +

The goal of the Ph.D. programme is to prepare the next generation of leading researchers. The Ph.D. is a programme of independent, self-directed academic research degree, supported by a team of supervisors that makes an original contribution to knowledge written up in a publishable dissertation. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
Online
 
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong

HKUST has been drawing the best doctoral students from around the world through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Counc ... +

HKUST has been drawing the best doctoral students from around the world through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
Vila Real, Portugal

Objectives: To ensure that students, in addition to mastering scientific theories, acquire a good knowledge and mastery of the methods most used in their area of ​​specializat ... +

Objectives: To ensure that students, in addition to mastering scientific theories, acquire a good knowledge and mastery of the methods most used in their area of ​​specialization (one of the specific didactics of Science and Technology) ... -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
Portuguese
Oct 2020
Campus
 
Botswana International University Of Science And Technology
Palapye, Botswana

PhD Thesis Research in Geological Sciences

PhD Thesis Research in Geological Sciences -
PhD
English
Feb 2020
Campus
 
Faculty of Humanities, Charles University
Prague 5, Czech Republic

The Ph.D. Longevity studies produce highly skilled and knowledgeable specialists in research, expertise, and transference of knowledge into practice. On the scientific level, ... +

The Ph.D. Longevity studies produce highly skilled and knowledgeable specialists in research, expertise, and transference of knowledge into practice. On the scientific level, they are able to tackle problems related to the longevity of human life. They are aware and able to use relevant scientific methods, to coordinate interdisciplinary teams. And furthermore, able to publish both scientific publications and materials for decision making at all levels and problems related to longevity. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Center for Research and Interdisciplinary (CRI)
Paris, France

Since the creation of the FdV doctoral school in 2006, the aims were focused on life sciences. Traditionally, students have pursued interdisciplinary research projects in natu ... +

Since the creation of the FdV doctoral school in 2006, the aims were focused on life sciences. Traditionally, students have pursued interdisciplinary research projects in natural sciences, engineering, and technology, medical and health sciences. Recently, projects in the life sciences have incorporated approaches and/or applications from other disciplines including the social sciences and humanities, however, the focus of the work is on the advancement of knowledge in life science. -
PhD
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Avondale College of Higher Education
Cooranbong, Australia +1 More

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is a complete, stand-alone degree that is an internationally recognized doctoral degree. It is designed for students to develop advanced skill ... +

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is a complete, stand-alone degree that is an internationally recognized doctoral degree. It is designed for students to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained research. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
Campus
Online
 
Universidad de La Laguna
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

The Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies of Gender constitutes a novel bet in the Spanish university panorama, since it lacks precedents in the Spanish university. It is a p ... +

The Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies of Gender constitutes a novel bet in the Spanish university panorama, since it lacks precedents in the Spanish university. It is a proposal that responds to and meets the demand generated by the scientific policy developed, more than a decade ago, by the European Union and by Spanish legislation that requires, urgently and urgently, adequate training in the most high academic level. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
Spanish, English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
International University For Graduate Studies - IUGS
Portsmouth, Dominica

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) may be undertaken in any discipline within the Arts or Sciences. The degree offers ABDs or those who have earned sixty-six graduate credits fr ... +

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) may be undertaken in any discipline within the Arts or Sciences. The degree offers ABDs or those who have earned sixty-six graduate credits from an accredited institution the opportunity to complete their doctoral studies. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Part-time
English
Feb 2020
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Be'er Sheva, Israel

The Ben-Gurion University of the Negev offers advanced research training in multiple research areas that include engineering, exact sciences, medical/life sciences, social sci ... +

The Ben-Gurion University of the Negev offers advanced research training in multiple research areas that include engineering, exact sciences, medical/life sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies serves as the administrative framework for graduate and post-graduate students at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus