Doctorate Degrees and PhD Programs

Doctorate Degrees and PhD Programs

In most countries, a doctorate or PhD is the highest level of formal education or research available in a given field. A doctorate will suit you if you have a sufficient interest within a given discipline; and if you have a curious and dedicated nature. What you need to remember if you are considering studying for your PhD, is that doctors and PhD students will more often than not be required to teach at the university where they are themselves studying and conducting research. A doctorate is the final step toward starting your professional academic career.

Please note the locations shown below are for all locations of an institute. A particular institute may not offer the program you are looking for in all of their campus locations.
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Institutes Location
AGS - The American Graduate School in Paris Paris
AGSB University La Tour-de-Peilz
Arcadia University Philadelphia
Azerbaijan medical university Azerbaijan
Beijing University of Chemical Technology - BUCT Beijing
Bentley University Boston
Bloomsburg University Pennsylvania
Bond University Gold Coast
Brno University of Technology Brno
Business School Lausanne Lausanne
Capella University United States of America
Charles Darwin University Multiple (4)
Chestnut Hill College Philadelphia
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GSCAAS) Beijing
Chinese University of Hong Kong Shenzhen, CUHKSZ Shenzhen
Corvinus University - Faculty of Business Administration Budapest
Cracow University of Economics (Krakow) Krakow
Cranfield School of Management Multiple (2)
Curtin University of Technology Perth
Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine Nicosia
Dominican University College Ottawa
EDHEC Business School Multiple (5)
ESCP Europe Multiple (9)
Estonian Business School Tallinn
EU Business School Geneva Geneva
EU Business School Montreux Montreux
EU Business School Munich Munich
European University Cyprus Nicosia
Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology - Brno Brno
Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations Geneva
Glasgow Caledonian University Glasgow
Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Johannesburg
Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg State University Saint Petersburg
Grenoble école de management, Graduate School of Business Multiple (7)
Hanken School of Economics Multiple (2)
Harvard Cambridge
Hector Fellow Academy Multiple (2)
HIM - Hotel Institute Montreux Montreux
IBAM Academy West Bengal
International University in Geneva - IUG Geneva
ISCTE-IUL Business School Lisbon
JCU Singapore Singapore
Jiamusi University China
Kadir Has Universitesi Istanbul
K.U.Leuven Leuven
London Business School London
Maastricht School of Management - MSM Multiple (4)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT Cambridge
Metropolitan University Prague Prague
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The best known example of the doctorate degree is the PhD - Doctor of Philosophy. Depending on where you study, you may encounter many variations on what a doctorate entails, what is required and what the aim of you studies is. In general however it can be said that most doctorate degrees are based around the requirement of conducting qualified and original research fit to be published in a recognized research journal.

Doctorates can be loosely qualified in the four following cateogies: Research Doctorate, Higher Doctorate, Professional Doctorate and Honorary Doctorate.

Research Doctorates / PhD

Being awarded a research doctorate requires original research of sufficient quality to be publishable in peer-referred academic journal. Some universities require actually being published, while others merely require the sufficient standard of research. The Doctor of Philosophy, or PhD as it is commonly referred to is the most common and well known version of this degree throughout the world.  

The research requirement covers the submission of a substantial body of research by the candidate. This may take the form of either a single dissertation or thesis, or otherwise may also be comprised of several smaller project reports. Assessment is generally conducted by a small committee of examiners appointed by the university.

The layout of PhD programs or research doctorates vary from country to country. In some countries, such as the United States it is also common with a taught component as part of completing the Doctorate or PhD requirement. The minimum time requirement also varies from as little as three years, while some take up to ten years to complete their degree.

Higher Doctorates

Higher doctorates are a higher tier of research doctorates awarded for exceptional research in some countries such as the UK, Ireland and some Scandinavian and socialist block countries. Examples of higher doctorates to be awarded are Doctore of Sciences (DSc/ScD) and Doctor of Letters (Dlitt/LittD) in the UK and Ireland along with Doctors of theology, law or medicine awarded in for exaple Denmark.

Professional Doctorates

Professional doctorates are commonly awarded not for academic research, but for a profession within law, medicine, theology or pharmacy for example.

Professional doctorate can also be used when referring to research doctorates that deal with applied research, which is used for professional purposes.

Honorary Doctorates

Honorary doctorates are awarded by universities to formally recognize someone's outstanding contributions to a particular field or philanthropic efforts. In this case the university waives the formal requirements for awarding the doctorate degree.