Doctor of Philosophy Programme

Duration 3 years
Study credits 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer)
Title after graduation Doctor of Philosophy
Requirements of admission Completed Masters degree, Working experience or Recognition of Prior Learning
Tuition € 30.000 for complete programme
Mode of payment Possibility to pay in 3 installments; in advance via bank transfer, creditcard or PayPal.

Content of programme

The doctoral programme supports graduates in their academic and/or professional career development. The programme is relevant, rich, and academically valid and in line and comparable with national and international standards of higher education. It fulfils the criteria of the process of harmonization of higher education in Europe, and the learning outcomes of the highest level of the European Qualification Framework (EQF-Level 8).

LGSB provides high-quality doctoral training that equips you with all knowledge and tools. You are not alone in your journey! You will be taught and supervised by our distinguished international faculty members. Our unique research labs will support you in collecting and analyzing your data. We will take you through every step of your PhD study.

The PhD programme consists of three main consecutive stages. The first stage of the programme consists of coursework that gives you an overview of the entire research process. It is aimed at acquiring fundamental research skills. You will be trained in basis research methods, and in quantitative and qualitative methods and techniques. After successful completion of the coursework and the approval of your research proposal, you will start the fieldwork. This is the ‘research lab’ stage. The third and final stage of the process is the write-up and defense of your thesis.

Mode of lecture

The PhD programme is a blended programme. That means that you will use a high tech e-learning platform that works flawless on mobile phones and gives the opportunity to study wherever and whenever you want. Additionally we organize nearby workshops throughout the year.

Combination Master of Research

You have the option to to-up the mandatory coursework to a Master of Research (MRes), by studying additional modules, and submitting and defending a research proposal in Stage 2 of the programme.

After the mandatory coursework of Stage 1, you can enter the optional track of the Master of Research (MRes). Candidates who follow this optional track have to submit assignments testing their knowledge gained in three elective modules. Passing the mandatory and additional modules plus successful defense of the research proposal, qualify for the Master of Research degree.

Your first academic year

In this first year you will do the coursework that is a part of the PhD. During this coursework, you will complete five modules – plus your research proposal – which will prepare you for the rest of your study. Passing modules are awarded with a number of credits (ECTS). When you have passed all the modules of year one, including your research proposal, you’ve collected 60 ECTS.

The modules of the first academic year are:

  • Research Methods (10 ECTS)
  • Quantitative Methods & Techniques (10 ECTS)
  • Qualitative Methods & Techniques (10 ECTS)
  • Survey Design (10 ECTS)
  • Essential Tools (10 ECTS)
  • Research Proposal (10 ECTS)

Your second academic year

In your second academic year, you will focus on starting off your own research in the field. In this stage you will collect, edit and analyze data. Your supervisor will guide you through this process, and our research lab assists in doing the research correctly. By the end of the second year, you will be in a position to start wrapping up your analyses and prepare for the write-up phase.

The third academic year

The third and last academic year of the PhD is the year where you show that you’ve done the coursework and the research and are now able to present your findings. In this year, you will do additional analyses, study your findings and work on an error-free way to present your findings. After six months, you should be able to provide internal and external readers with a draft version of your thesis. Processing feedback from these readers then takes up to three months to process, after which a date will be set for the oral exam.

Enrollment requirements

To enrol in the PhD programme you need, next to a sound command of the English language, one of three things:

  1. To prove that you’ve attained a masters degree;
  2. To prove that you’ve got sufficient working experience;
  3. To be able to present a recognition of prior learning.

What is recognition of prior learning?

This is where we accept a previous qualification as meeting the learning outcomes (or covering the syllabus) for a course or module, so you don’t need to take it as part of your degree. This reduces the number of modules (and the length of time) required to complete your degree.

Can I apply for recognition of prior learning?

If you have a lot of work or life experience in a particular industry or field, and you are thinking of enrolling in a programme, RPL is worth considering. Recognition of prior learning (RPL) involves getting recognition for skill and knowledge you’ve pick up from: life experiences, work experiences, training courses or workshops.

To check if you are eligible to apply for RPL, you have to pay a non-refundable RPL-fee of $ 250 per module.

To be eligible to apply for RPL, some tertiary training providers need you to be enrolled or provisionally enrolled in the qualification, and pay the enrollment fees. Please contact the faculty via if you want to start the RPL procedure.

What are the benefits of applying for recognition of prior learning?

The benefits of RPL are that you: have your informal learning recognized, avoid studying topics you already know about, complete the programme faster, pay less for the programme.

How is recognition of prior learning assessed?

Prior learning is assessed in several ways, and which method is used will depend on the type of module you are taking. The module supervisor will get in touch with you to discuss the type of assessment you will need to do, and arrange a date and time for your assessment. The assessment is made by a subject matter expert in your chosen field of study.

The most common assessment methods are:
Portfolio. A portfolio involves compiling a file of evidence that relates to the learning outcome or unit standard you want credit for. Some examples of evidence could be a report, a set of accounts, a product you have made, a drawing or an essay.

Attestation. Attestation is when someone who is knowledgeable and respected in your area of knowledge gives their word (either written or verbal) that you have the required learning in this area. This person could be someone chosen by you, such as a client or employer.

Structured interview. This method involves you verbally explaining what you have done before an interview panel. You can have support people present as well.

Challenge assessment. This could be a practical demonstration, a written or oral test, or an assignment. A challenge assessment can be used when evidence from the other sources needs confirmation.

What else you need to know about the assessment

To be awarded RPL, the learning must be current and relevant. For example, we will only look at learning gained in the past three years. Relevance can be important too, especially in relation to cultural, legal, social or professional practices. In this case, it may be important that you have worked or studied in a country specific context.

What happens after the assessment?

We will send you written notice of the outcome of your application. A verbal indication by the assessor is not enough.
The outcome could be:

  • Credit awarded in full. Any module credits you have gained will be recorded on your learning record and you won’t have to sit this component of the programme.
  • Requirement to give further evidence or be assessed further. For example, this could be having to do a challenge assessment.
  • Application declined – it’s recommended that you enroll and complete the paper as normal.

Admissions deadline

Most of the coursework is available via our e-learning platform. That gives you the chance to start whenever you want. In some countries, we organize regular live workshops. Please contact the faculty via to get the latest agenda for the workshops in your country.

Round Table Africa 3.0 (RTA)

The Round Table Africa 2.0 (RTA) project is a spin-off of a Dutch government sponsored project between Maastricht School of Management (MSM) and ESAMI (Tanzania). After MSM pulled out, the project was given new life by StatMind and its networked European and African partners. LGSB partnered with StatMind and started the Round Table Africa 3.0. The goal of this new version of the project is to open educational programmes to as much people on this globe as possible.

The Round Table Africa 3.0 offers three things:

  1. Scholarships to lower the tuition;
  2. Extra guidance during their study;
  3. Open the extensive international network of business owners, leaders, government officials.

You can apply for a scholarship during the admissions process. We grant scholarships based on individual motivation and purchase parity power by country.

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