PhD, or Doctor of Philosophy, refers to the postgraduate degrees that are awarded to candidates after completing the university program. There are a variety of disciplines in which candidates can earn a PhD and there are programs around the world that offer top-notch education facilitated by faculty that are experts in their field. PhD programs prepare candidates for careers in academia, research,… Read more

PhD, or Doctor of Philosophy, refers to the postgraduate degrees that are awarded to candidates after completing the university program. There are a variety of disciplines in which candidates can earn a PhD and there are programs around the world that offer top-notch education facilitated by faculty that are experts in their field. PhD programs prepare candidates for careers in academia, research, government, or industry.


Requirements in PhD programs vary depending on the country, the university, and the program. Most PhD programs require a master’s degree, but some will accept candidates with only a bachelor’s. Most programs take a minimum of 3 or 4 years to complete and require a combination of coursework and research, and others will expect candidates to teach undergraduate courses as well as write publications. The bulk of most PhD programs lie in the candidate’s original research that leads to a dissertation or thesis of publishable quality, that provides significant contribution to the field, and that candidates must defend in front of a panel of experts.


To learn more about the many options for PhD programs, browse the options below or narrow your search using the boxes above.  

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Max Planck School of Photonics
Munich , Germany + 3 More

During the research phase, students focus on scientific research for their Ph.D. project which is conducted within a research group led and supervised by an MPSP-Fellow. Stude ... +

During the research phase, students focus on scientific research for their Ph.D. project which is conducted within a research group led and supervised by an MPSP-Fellow. Students are also assigned a co-supervisor, ideally located at another university. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
September 2020
15 Dec 2019
Campus
 
Tulane University - Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
New Orleans , USA

The Ph.D. degree requires a student to reach a critical understanding of the basic scientific and engineering principles underlying their field of interest. In addition, the s ... +

The Ph.D. degree requires a student to reach a critical understanding of the basic scientific and engineering principles underlying their field of interest. In addition, the student must demonstrate the ability to conduct independently an intensive research project and document their results in the form of refereed publications, presentations, and a final thesis dissertation. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
15 Aug 2020
02 Jan 2020
Campus
 
Hong Kong Baptist University - Faculty of Arts
Hong Kong

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) invites candidates from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, with evidence of academic excellence, research ability and potential, and good ... +

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) invites candidates from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, with evidence of academic excellence, research ability and potential, and good communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities to apply for full-time PhD study under the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS). HKPFS is established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) with an aim to attract the best and brightest students from all over the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
01 Sep 2020
02 Dec 2019
Campus
 
Unicaf University (MW)
New York , USA + 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
September 2020
Campus
Online
 
World Maritime University
Malmö , Sweden

The World Maritime University (WMU) was established by the UN’s International Maritime Organization in 1983 and is IMO’s apex institution for postgraduate education and resear ... +

The World Maritime University (WMU) was established by the UN’s International Maritime Organization in 1983 and is IMO’s apex institution for postgraduate education and research in the maritime field. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
September 2020
Campus
 
Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management
Cleveland , USA

Business leadership is increasingly required to integrate multiple sources of knowledge, understand the perceptions of diverse parties and put human values into action. Execut ... +

Business leadership is increasingly required to integrate multiple sources of knowledge, understand the perceptions of diverse parties and put human values into action. Executives are challenged to create social, intellectual and economic value for their organizations and for society at large based on rigorous and sound evidence. Recognizing these challenges, the Weatherhead School of Management offers... -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
September 2020
Campus
 
Institut für Management
Salzburg , Austria + 1 More

The extra-occupational doctoral programme of the IfM will provide you with a doctorate course for which you will not have to limit your career or private life on a large scale ... +

The extra-occupational doctoral programme of the IfM will provide you with a doctorate course for which you will not have to limit your career or private life on a large scale. In cooperation with the Mendel University of Brno, we offer a particularly flexible Ph.D. programme with excellent supervision to academics who want to do their part-time doctorate. IfM undertakes all administrative work for the university as well as the organization of the seminars. -
PhD
Part-time
3 years
English
October 2020
Campus
 
Temple University Klein College of Media and Communication
Philadelphia , USA

Temple University’s Doctoral Program in Media and Communication connects a strong media core with intellectual work in the humanities and social sciences and helps you prepare ... +

Temple University’s Doctoral Program in Media and Communication connects a strong media core with intellectual work in the humanities and social sciences and helps you prepare for a career in academia or career paths in consulting, education, finance, government, industry, law, policy or research. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
7 years
English
01 Aug 2020
15 Dec 2019
Campus
 
Graduate School of Biosciences Munich
Munich , Germany

QBM seeks to train a cohort of young scientists who, while firmly anchored in their home discipline, are well versed in multiple approaches and styles of thought. The goal is ... +

QBM seeks to train a cohort of young scientists who, while firmly anchored in their home discipline, are well versed in multiple approaches and styles of thought. The goal is for the students to get comfortable in communicating across traditional boundaries, especially across the divide between experiment and quantitative theory – to become, in effect, scientifically bi- or multilingual. To this end, the school offers an integrated interdisciplinary Ph.D. program that consists of three main components: -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
01 Mar 2020
01 Aug 2020
Campus
 
WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business
Vienna , Austria

The Doctoral Program in International Business Taxa­tion (DIBT) offers an excellent doctoral education to outstanding students from all over the world, fully preparing them to ... +

The Doctoral Program in International Business Taxa­tion (DIBT) offers an excellent doctoral education to outstanding students from all over the world, fully preparing them to conduct research on international business taxation. -
PhD
Full-time
English
March 2020
Campus
 
ISM - International School of Management
Paris , France + 5 More

The ISM PhD in International Business Management prepares experienced and highly motivated business professionals to embark on careers of engaged instruction and original rese ... +

The ISM PhD in International Business Management prepares experienced and highly motivated business professionals to embark on careers of engaged instruction and original research in academia. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
September 2020
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence - MBZUAI
Abu Dhabi , United Arab Emirates

Upon completion of the program requirements, the graduate will be able to; Master the fundamental knowledge of computer vision and develop expertise in several specialized are ... +

Upon completion of the program requirements, the graduate will be able to; Master the fundamental knowledge of computer vision and develop expertise in several specialized areas of research in computer vision; Grow expertise in comprehending existing literature, apply reasoning, and master the necessary skills and techniques to develop novel ideas that are recognized by the experts of the computer vision discipline; Apply advanced problem-solving skills to analyze, design and execute innovative solutions for the existing and/or new problems faced in both industry and academia. -
PhD
4 years
English
01 Sep 2020
15 Jul 2020
 
Nova Southeastern University, College of Computing and Engineering
Fort Lauderdale , USA

The cybersecurity management graduate doctoral program is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, research program that prepares graduates for key positions in academia, in federa ... +

The cybersecurity management graduate doctoral program is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, research program that prepares graduates for key positions in academia, in federal, state and local government agencies, as well as in business and industry. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
English
06 Jan 2020
06 Nov 2019
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) School of Business
Kowloon Tong , Hong Kong

HKBU School of Business offers 4-year full-time PhD across five main disciplines, namely Accountancy and Law (ACLW), Economics (ECON), Finance and Decision Sciences (FDS), Man ... +

HKBU School of Business offers 4-year full-time PhD across five main disciplines, namely Accountancy and Law (ACLW), Economics (ECON), Finance and Decision Sciences (FDS), Management (MGNT) and Marketing (MKT). Combining academic rigour with a resolutely international approach, these programmes are ideal for future business leaders or scholars. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
01 Sep 2020
15 Apr 2020
Campus
 
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
October 2020
02 Sep 2019
Campus