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14 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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Khalifa University
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The proposed Ph.D. in Science program contributes to Khalifa University’s intention to become a center of excellence in science, engineering, and medicine within the region an ... +

The proposed Ph.D. in Science program contributes to Khalifa University’s intention to become a center of excellence in science, engineering, and medicine within the region and beyond. This is aligned with the UAE’s strategic plans, which aim to shift the reliance on the oil-based economy to a knowledge-based one by attracting investments and industries with science, engineering, and health sciences being some of its major pillars for sustained development and job creation. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Campus
 
Hector Fellow Academy
Karlsruhe, Germany

The HFA doctoral students are given the opportunity to benefit from the wealth of experience and outstanding expertise of their supervisor while building up a research network ... +

The HFA doctoral students are given the opportunity to benefit from the wealth of experience and outstanding expertise of their supervisor while building up a research network. It is possible to pursue a Ph.D. in various STEM-related subjects according to your previous academic background, such as engineering, informatics, natural sciences/mathematics, and psychology/medicine. 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. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
Unicaf University (ZM)
Lusaka, Zambia

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

The goal of the PhD programme is to prepare the next generation of leading researchers. The PhD 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. The PhD programme also supports the development of research and generic skills to equip you to operate successfully as a professional researcher in any setting. The essential requirement of a PhD is the creation of new knowledge. Being a researcher means developing new ideas and improving understanding through the creation of new knowledge. Your research will inevitably build to some degree on the work and ideas of others, but as a research student, you are expected to make an original contribution to knowledge in your discipline. Each Doctoral student must take a number of online modules and also complete a dissertation. Students must defend their dissertation in a "viva voce" (oral) examination which can be completed online. The viva-voce examination is an intense and challenging experience, but we offer relevant guidance and support to help our research students prepare for this important milestone. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English
Online
 

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University of Sopron
Sopron, Hungary

The students receive strong theoretical, research methodology and scientific backgrounds, and complete their research individually, with some guidance from their supervisors. ... +

The students receive strong theoretical, research methodology and scientific backgrounds, and complete their research individually, with some guidance from their supervisors. Supervision is offered by the top experts and wood scientists in Hungary. The topics are typically linked to industrial research or innovation projects so that Sopron doctoral graduates have not only strong theoretical backgrounds but are very practical scientists as well. -
PhD
Full-time
8 semesters
English
Sep 2023
31 May 2023
Campus
 
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Rochester, USA

Color science research at RIT encompasses such diverse fields as medical data visualization, computer graphics and animation, art conservation, spectral and spatial measuremen ... +

Color science research at RIT encompasses such diverse fields as medical data visualization, computer graphics and animation, art conservation, spectral and spatial measurements of materials, color printing, digital photography, motion picture and television, and modeling of our perceptions for use in defining color quality. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Campus
 
Edith Cowan University
Joondalup, Australia +2 More

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an opportunity to pursue a topic you're passionate about at the highest academic level.

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an opportunity to pursue a topic you're passionate about at the highest academic level. -
PhD PhD
Full-time
Part-time
8 semesters
English
Campus
Online
 
Botswana International University Of Science And Technology
Palapye, Botswana

PhD Thesis Research in Geological Sciences

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PhD
English
Campus
 
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 Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Cou ... +

HKUST has been drawing the best doctoral students from around the world through the Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. -
PhD
Full-time
3 - 4 years
English
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 (Portugal)
Campus
 
The Rockefeller University
New York, USA

Our world-renowned graduate program provides a select group of highly motivated students the opportunity for research and graduates education in the biomedical sciences, chemi ... +

Our world-renowned graduate program provides a select group of highly motivated students the opportunity for research and graduates education in the biomedical sciences, chemistry, and biophysics. -
PhD
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Boston University School of Public Health
Boston, USA

The Epidemiology PhD program provides advanced professional training in epidemiology to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for leadership in epidemiologic ... +

The Epidemiology PhD program provides advanced professional training in epidemiology to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for leadership in epidemiologic research and methodology. The goal of the doctoral program is to educate candidates to become independent, productive, and creative research scientists in epidemiology. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 8 years
English
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
Part-time
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
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 PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 4 years
English
Campus
Online