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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.


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University of West Alabama Online
Livingston, USA

Earn your advanced degree to best serve students in rural school systems through the University of West Alabama's Doctor of Education in Rural Education. The first fully onlin ... +

Earn your advanced degree to best serve students in rural school systems through the University of West Alabama's Doctor of Education in Rural Education. The first fully online degree of its kind, you'll be prepared to identify real solutions to rural education challenges as you work toward your dissertation. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 4 years
English
Online
 
California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, USA

The Anthropology and Social Change PhD focuses on activist anthropology and social change. This program offers the space and the possibility to engage with many traditions of ... +

The Anthropology and Social Change PhD focuses on activist anthropology and social change. This program offers the space and the possibility to engage with many traditions of radical scholarship and emancipatory social science. We believe that anthropologists should analyze, discuss, and explore the possible; that they should research alternative institutions; that they need to collectively reflect and debate the dilemmas of activist research. The collective effort of understanding "concrete utopias" takes the form of an analytic and ethnographic study of real historical alternatives in the present. This, in turn, requires a serious engagement with social movements involved in the production of alternatives. Students are expected to have an excellent command of history, debates, and perspectives of contemporary social movements. These movements exist in the historical, social, and epistemological context of colonization, development, and globalization. As contributors to one recent book remind us, more than one in six humans now live in slums, over one billion in a world of jobless growth, or no growth. Solutions offered by mainstream social science are often the source of the problem, and our students are expected to have a good understanding of intertwined historical processes of colonization, development, and liberal modernity. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Aug 2021
Campus
 
Institute of Development Studies
Brighton, United Kingdom

1st in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020) – the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) transforms the knowledge, action and leade ... +

1st in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020) – the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) transforms the knowledge, action and leadership needed for more equitable and sustainable development globally, through our world-class research, learning and teaching. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
English
Campus
 

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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University - School of Hotel and Tourism Management
Kowloon, Hong Kong

The hallmark of a world-leading doctoral programme is not only the research it generates but also the extent to which it provides graduates with outstanding career opportuniti ... +

The hallmark of a world-leading doctoral programme is not only the research it generates but also the extent to which it provides graduates with outstanding career opportunities. The SHTM prepares students for leadership positions in their chosen careers by offering the world’s first professional D.HTM degree. The D.HTM programme has been designed for academics, senior industry executives and senior staff in governmental and non-governmental hospitality and tourism organisations. Since its inception in 2007, the programme attracts a range of professionals interested in augmenting their careers, from experienced practitioners and government representatives to academics. Its specific Asian focus, unique combination of subjects and research, and flexible delivery pattern enables industry professionals to develop their skills while remaining in the workforce. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 5 years
English
Campus
 
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) School of Business
Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

HKBU School of Business offers 4-year full-time PhD Programme across 5 main disciplines, including Accountancy and Law, Economics, Finance and Decision Sciences, Management an ... +

HKBU School of Business offers 4-year full-time PhD Programme across 5 main disciplines, including Accountancy and Law, Economics, Finance and Decision Sciences, Management and Marketing. Combining academic rigour with a resolutely international approach, the Programme aims at training students to become professors. -
PhD
Full-time
4 - 6 years
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
University of the South Pacific USP
Suva, Fiji

Faculty of Business and Economics offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in most disciplines taught at postgraduate level. Students interested in progressing from a master’s pr ... +

Faculty of Business and Economics offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in most disciplines taught at postgraduate level. Students interested in progressing from a master’s programme to doctoral studies are advised to contact the Faculty Dean. -
PhD
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Antwerp Management School
Antwerp, Belgium

The Antwerp Management School’s Executive PhD program is a high-level support program for executives and C-level managers with a strong ambition to bring state-of-the-art know ... +

The Antwerp Management School’s Executive PhD program is a high-level support program for executives and C-level managers with a strong ambition to bring state-of-the-art knowledge and excellent research skills into the workplace and into society. -
PhD
Part-time
4 years
English
06 Oct 2021
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
University of San Francisco - School of Education
San Francisco, USA

The Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Organization and Leadership is a unique program for working professionals who see themselves as educational leaders transforming their or ... +

The Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Organization and Leadership is a unique program for working professionals who see themselves as educational leaders transforming their organizations through a learning perspective. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
5 years
English
Campus
 
ISCTE Business School – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
Lisbon, Portugal

The PhD in Economics is a four-year program consisting of one and a half year of coursework followed by two and a half years of research.

The PhD in Economics is a four-year program consisting of one and a half year of coursework followed by two and a half years of research. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
Portuguese
Campus
 
University of New York in Prague (UNYP)
Prague, Czech Republic

A Ph.D. by research is similar to a conventional Ph.D. but recognizes research work carried out by entrepreneurial companies and academic organizations that lead to novel and ... +

A Ph.D. by research is similar to a conventional Ph.D. but recognizes research work carried out by entrepreneurial companies and academic organizations that lead to novel and publishable results. A UNYP Ph.D. by research usually requires a minimum of three years, during which time there should be three publications, in literature approved by the University of Bolton. These publications should be in relation to the student's thesis and area of expertise and should develop the student’s knowledge of the subject. The award of this Ph.D. is based purely on these three published works and as such rewards on-going activities rather than additional work. -
PhD PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Sep 2021
Campus
Online
 
Unicaf University (ZM)
Lusaka, Zambia

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
 
University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science
Vancouver, Canada

Chemical and Chemical & Biological engineers create and develop processes to change raw materials into the products that society depends on; food, chemicals, fuels, energy ... +

Chemical and Chemical & Biological engineers create and develop processes to change raw materials into the products that society depends on; food, chemicals, fuels, energy, metals, pharmaceuticals, paper, plastics, and personal care products. -
PhD
Full-time
4 - 6 years
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
University of West Alabama Online
Livingston, USA

Earn your advanced degree to best serve students in rural school systems through the University of West Alabama's Doctor of Education in Rural Education. The first fully onlin ... +

Earn your advanced degree to best serve students in rural school systems through the University of West Alabama's Doctor of Education in Rural Education. The first fully online degree of its kind, you'll be prepared to identify real solutions to rural education challenges as you work toward your dissertation. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 4 years
English
Online
 
California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, USA

The Ph.D. East-West Psychology program offers a global approach to the exploration and study of psychology and spirituality. Students are encouraged to become thought leaders ... +

The Ph.D. East-West Psychology program offers a global approach to the exploration and study of psychology and spirituality. Students are encouraged to become thought leaders in cross-cultural relations that are rooted in ancient spiritual traditions. Graduates create positive and sustainable paradigms in global and personal change. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Aug 2021
Campus
 
California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, USA

Interdisciplinary scholars wishing to engage in a rigorous study of ecology and religion study with faculty renowned for their cutting edge approaches. Students will investiga ... +

Interdisciplinary scholars wishing to engage in a rigorous study of ecology and religion study with faculty renowned for their cutting edge approaches. Students will investigate the role of worldviews, philosophies, and religions in understanding and responding to global challenges. Doctoral students in our program develop advanced research, writing, and inquiry skills to prepare them for roles in higher education and public sector leadership. -
PhD
Full-time
2 years
English
Aug 2021
Campus
 

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