Business Administration (PhD, 3 Years)
|Qualification Awarded||PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in Business Administration|
|Level of Qualification||Doctorate Degree (3rd Cycle)|
|Language of Instruction||English and Greek|
|Mode of Study||Full-time or Part-time|
|Minimum ECTS Credits||180|
Profile of the Programme
The School of Business offers two doctoral programs, the PhD and the DBA. Both degrees have the same status but they differ in their focus and orientation. The PhD is a theoretically focused, rigorous program that requires candidates to make a significant contribution to knowledge and/or theory, whereas the DBA is a professional doctorate which requires candidates to apply and develop existing theories/knowledge to make a significant contribution to professional practice. The PhD is ideal for candidates who wish to pursue a career in academia whereas the DBA is more appropriate for those who, after working for a few years, would like to advance their careers in industry by earning an advanced research degree. The programs last three (minimum) to eight (maximum) years.
PhD students need to take one course (Research Philosophy, Methodology and Methods) which aims to prepare PhD candidates for designing their study. The course lasts four days and it is offered in the first year of studies. For the DBA, students are required to take four courses (Personal and Organizational Reflections; Literature Review; Research Philosophy, Methodology and Methods; Analysis of Information). Students need to be physically present for the Research Philosophy, Methodology and Methods course and normally are expected to be present for the other three DBA courses (even though there is flexibility in this and it can be discussed at the time the courses are offered). Thesis length is similar for both degrees (80.000 words) but the difference is that of the DBA assessed work from courses may be included in the final word count.
Starting dates for enrolling on the programs are Fall (October) and Spring (February). The application deadlines are August 31st for Fall entry and January 5th for Spring entry. To be considered for entry into the doctoral programs the applicant should complete an application form and prepare an initial research proposal. The initial research proposal is a significant part of the application and applicants are advised to carefully prepare for this. To assist in the preparation, specific guidelines are provided next, and a sample is provided for your reference and can be found at the end of this document. Please however, note that this should serve only as an example. Proposals that have been successful in the past varied in length, with some being briefer and others more detailed. The length of the proposal is not the deciding factor, but rather the topic suggested, the proposal structure and content, and the critical thinking of an applicant made evident in a proposal are the factors which are mostly assessed.
Once accepted into the program, students are assigned three supervisors, one main and two secondary supervisors, who guide students throughout their studies. There are frequent progress reports completed to ensure students receive the guidance needed and to ensure that progress is indeed made. Communication can take place via email or Skype but students are strongly encouraged to meet with their supervisors at least once a year.
- An accredited master’s degree
- Proof of English proficiency. This is provided by EITHER a degree from an English speaking university OR TOEFL (paper based test 600, computer based test 250, internet based test 100) OR IELTS 6.5.
- An initial 2000-word research proposal outlining the research theme, aim and objectives, possible gap/s and proposed research methodology
- A Personal Statement of 500 – 1000 words outlining applicants’ individual competences and strengths and providing their reflections regarding the expectations and value of the programme as well as to their personal advancement and career development
- Letters of Recommendation – Two recommendation letters from individuals who have known the applicant in their educational or professional capacity
- Good academic record
Upon successful completion of this program, the graduates should be able to:
- Perform comprehensive literature reviews of complex topics in business and related fields
- Analyse critically research findings and interpret them in relation to existing literature
- Design research programs
- Select and apply suitable methods for research programs
- Analyse data and critically evaluate research findings
- Write for publication in academic journals, books and other research outlets
The above semester breakdown is an indicative one. A few of the courses are electives and can be substituted by others. Students may contact their academic advisor and consult their academic pathway found on this website under “Schools & Programmes”