Academic Programs

Imagine Yourself with a Powerful PhD - MQF Level:  8 

PhD Program overview

The fully accredited PhD in business (MQF/EQF level: 8) is designed for leaders who have a passion for research, innovation, a desire to make a profound difference through education. If you hope to gain tremendous credibility and desire to become a recognized expert in a specific field, this course will propel you like nothing you have ever experienced. It will be an unforgettable learning experience towards becoming an unforgettable scholar! Within a proven executive development framework, the curriculum design offers an unrivaled strategic focus on your growth as an integrated individual from a multiple intelligences perspective, in addition to scholarly development. Designed by globally renowned researchers and experts in various fields of business, psychology, sociology, and engineering, the course enables you to begin the journey as a systemic scholar through original research and further develop key theories that help societies advance from a unique cultural perspective. With a focus on grounded theory, this course provides you with the critical and systemic thought necessary for creating innovative theories and concepts that transforms your business environment.

Program highlights include:

Transcontinental Institution of Higher Education takes its graduates well beyond mere scholar leaders. Graduates will have the courage and wisdom to create innovative concepts and theories in various parts of the world. The unparalleled holistic academic learning model focuses on developing you as a whole, not just an individual developing analytical skills under an out-of-date educational model of disconnected modules. As a future unforgettable scholar with us, you will experience conscious development of complex skills and intelligences such as emotional intelligence and innovativeness over the duration of the course.

Take advantage of a small and individualized learning environment with global experts.

Enrollment open for the next term



The combination of the TI educational model and the integrative course design enable learners to develop the following learning outcomes:

  • Develop a substantive knowledge with a systematic understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of business theories and concepts
  • Master the analytical and methodological competencies necessary to critically assess existing theories in business
  • Design and conduct original research with consideration for the cultural and time perspectives that contributes to empirical and theoretical knowledge in business
  • Develop the core skills necessary to create theories for specific disciplines within a global region
  • Master the key theories underpinning an original and innovative research with significant depth in order to produce advanced and well-grounded research
  • Present results of an original and scholarly research that drive change in business procedures and policy
  • Utilize empirical research to address business problems
  • Synthesize critical theories, concepts and tools for leading global organizations
  • Develop effective communication skills to engage and empower a diverse (specialized and non-specialized) audience as a scholar regarding the relevance of theories, applications and practical solutions for global business challenges
  • Demonstrate the ability and desire for high ethical standards in business research and practice

Hours total of learning: Accredited PhD in Business

Contact hours: 350

Supervised practice hours: 140

Self-Study Hours: 3910

Assessment Hours: 100

Target Audience for the PhD

The typical learner is between the ages of 30-65, being fully employed at the managerial or higher levels. Our learners have a thirst for knowledge and real-world experiences that enhances their skills for the current business environment. They understand that many theories fail to consider the current complexities of the world and desire thought leadership within their field. Through the learning journey, they expect to obtain the skills needed to create new theories that make a sustainable difference.

Language and location of Instruction

Currently, the language of instruction will be done in English. The address where the programmes will be delivered is Corinthia St George's Bay, St Georges Bay, St Julians STJ 3301, Malta

Structure of the PhD programme

Since we have an ongoing enrollment designed to meet the needs of our learners, modules are not trapped in a formal academic calendar.  Once we have sufficient numbers for a cohort of learners, a new module would start. The seven modules are taught consecutively with eight weeks for each module. 

The distance learning modality offers even further flexibility with individualized structure. Learners can progress at the pace they design, while balancing work and life. 

PhD Modules -Brief Description

RES801: Introduction to Social Science Research and Quantitative Methods (ECTS Credit: 8)

This module introduces learners to the field of social science research. As the first research module, it introduces specific requirements of scholarly research and authoring. The module then examines in depth the research process and introduces learners to the various aspects of doing scientific research with a specific focus on quantitative methodology, providing practical advice and insight in the field of business.

RES802: Qualitative Research Methods (ECTS Credit: 8)
This module introduces you to the field of qualitative research - non-statistical social science research. It examines in depth the research process and introduces future scholars to the various aspects of doing scientific research, providing practical advice and insight in the field of business.
RES803: Grounded Theory Research (ECTS Credit: 8)
This module introduces the qualitative approach of grounded theory research. It provides foundational knowledge to build credible theories within a dynamic environment. These are the foundational concepts needed before planning, coding, analysis, and theory construction, which is the process of theory building from qualitative data.
DOC820: Organizational Culture, Change, and Leadership (ECTS Credit: 8)
This module begins to explore the dynamic nature of organizational culture, the rapid change in globalization and the leadership skills necessary for success. This module also explores how business organizations take on unique cultures that influences decision-making, operations, strategy, and marketing.
DOC821: Mastering Epistemology (ECTS Credit: 8)
This module introduces the philosophy of knowledge which guides learners with a deeper understanding of the complexity of knowledge. A strong foundation for PhD learners start with an understanding of individual philosophies that relate to definition, purpose, acquisition and application of knowledge.
DOC822: Application of Systems Thinking (ECTS Credit: 8)
This module introduces learners to better understand the complexity of organizations through the application of systems thinking. This theory conceptualizes the interrelationships of all aspects of organizational life and focuses on the salient aspects that influence today’s organizations.
DOC823: Emotional Intelligence and Ethics (ECTS Credit: 8)
This module initiates an exploration into the mindset and psychological framework of successful leaders in conventional organizations. With a focus on emotional intelligence (EQ) to maximize ethical behaviours, the module challenges learners to explore oneself while creating a foundation for the development of emotional intelligence as a systemic intervention within an organization.
RES850: Dissertation Research (ECTS Credit: 124)
The dissertation research is the final module of study in the PhD programme. It is a culmination of all that was learned within the programme focused on a specific topic. This study combines the rigors of academic research with critical reflection of existing theories, especially considering the dynamic world of business. 

Teaching, Learning, And Assessment Procedures

Our student-centered approach is unlike any other you have ever experienced. This education is designed to develop the full person, not just the academic aspect.

Student-centered Teaching

Our teaching approach applies principles within constructivism and educational psychology:

  • Face-to-face modality: Each faculty will have a classroom observation by a supervisor/peer annually to ensure the student-centered approach is being applied within the classroom.
  • Online modality: Each faculty with more than three students will have an online classroom audit by a supervisor/peer annually to ensure the student-centered approach is being applied within the online environment.

 Learning & Assessment Procedures

Intended learning outcomes for the course and modules are assessed using various methods, including, but not limited to, the assessment of papers, discussions, presentations, and examinations. For each module, the learning and assessment will include discussion forums, in-class participation (for face-to-face only), essays and papers, and a module project. More importantly, you will be involved in critically examining the challenges you face within your organization and the business environment while going through the program.

Structure of the PhD in Business

The PhD in Business course (MQF/EQF Level:  8 with 180 ECTS) offers profound transformation as a critical and systemic thought leader scholar. The program takes place over a period of approximately 48 months, with 8 Residencies (one for each module), plus the Oral Defense of your dissertation and Graduation Ceremony, held at the various campuses across the world. The first 5 modules are conducted during the first year of the course. During the second year, learners complete their remaining modules and begin the journey of doctoral research. This research is an extensive and in-depth exploration of theories and practices.  Each module includes a four-day day-long residency (Thursday through Sunday). These residencies are highly intensive face-to-face learning experiences occurring within the classroom setting. Learners will have readings and preparation before each residency as well as post-residency assignments including, but not limited to, term papers, teamwork projects, and research projects. The residency weekend will occur on the 4th week of the term.

Using a groundbreaking curriculum design, Transcontinental Institution of Higher Education integrates systems thinking, emotional intelligence and technology throughout the course unlike any other program in the world. All modules are taught by global experts with renowned recognition and practical experience. Each module extends well beyond traditional theories in addressing the many challenges facing today’s business environment within a local and global context.

The following is an approximate schedule over the 48 months of study, which occurs in two parts that overlap. The first is the module sequence, which is is fixed – which is 7 module terms. The second is the dissertation research, which is 12 research terms for a total of 180 ECTS credits. The schedule for dissertation research may vary depending on the topic, resources, and other factors. All items in with Dissertation Research in the title is an approximate schedule.

Year 1

Term 1
  • Introduction to Social Science Research and Quantitative Methods
Term 2
  • Qualitative research Methods
Term 3
  • Grounded Theory Research
Term 4
  • Organizational Culture, Change, and Leadership
  • Dissertation research: prospectus
Term 5
  • Mastering Epistemology
  • Doctoral research seminar

Year 2

Term 1
  • Application of Systems Thinking
  • Dissertation research: Chapter 1
Term 2
  • Emotional Intelligence and Ethics
  • Dissertation research: Chapter 1 & 2
Term 3
  • Dissertation research: Chapter 2
  • Dissertation research: Chapter 3
Term 4
  • Dissertation research: Chapter 3
  • Proposal writing (optional workshop)
Term 5
  • Formal Proposal Review, enhancements and Approval

Year 3

Term 1
  • Board Examination
  • Proposal Defense
Term 2
  • Dissertation research: Data collection
Term 3
  • Dissertation research: Data collection
  • Dissertation research: Data analysis
Term 4
  • Dissertation research: Data analysis
  • Optional Data analysis workshop
Term 5
  • Dissertation research: Synthesis

Year 4

Term 1
  • Dissertation research: Synthesis
Term 2
  • Dissertation research: Chapter 5
Term 3
  • Dissertation research: Chapter 5
  • Optional dissertation writing workshop
Term 4
  • Dissertation research: chapter compilation and Final edits
  • Formal Dissertation Review, enhancements and Approval
Term 5
  • Dissertation Defense
  • Graduation

Grading system

Our learners’ performance in the assessment of all units within the modules, including the thesis/dissertation, is recorded as a percentage score and grade as
indicated in the table below. 


Numerical Equivalent


90.00 - 100.00


80.00 - 89.00


75.00 - 79.00


70.00 - 74.00


65.00 - 69.00


55.00 - 64.00


50.00 - 54.00


0.00 - 49.00





*The minimum pass mark for dissertations is 70%.

Pass rates

As a new program, we do not have any data to present. With our unique learner-centered approach to developing the full individual, we expect the pass rate to be well above 90%.

Further Learning Opportunities

Additional educational programs are always available to individuals and organizations. Our customized approach is tailored to develop the unique needs of those involved, regardless of the topic. Some of the most recent programs include inclusive leadership, ESG strategy, remote management, and leadership. You can reach out to our Learner Engagement Advisor at

Possible Career Pathways of Our Graduates

Graduates of Transcontinental Institution of Higher Education will have a unique path to executive management. They will have strategic insights into ESG strategy, organizational development, and innovation like no one else.

Admission Process

Prospective TI students apply by submitting a completed TI Application Form. A completed application also includes each of the items listed below, submitted to TI:

  1. Master degree from an accredited institution (MQF/EQF L7 degree)
    • A full MQF/EQF L7 degree plus a portfolio evidencing relevant work experience for at least 5 years
  2. Portfolio evidencing 4 years of relevant managerial/ professional experience or academic experience
  3. Personal Essay – including personal passions, values, and vision
  1. If English is a second language, 7.0 IELTS total band score is required.
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Completed master thesis or equivalent

Once an application is considered complete and the applicant is considered qualified, the prospective learner will be sent an acceptance letter delivered via email, along with an invitation for an individual meeting with one of TI's learner achievement advisors. This meeting, designed to ensure the applicant has made an informed decision, will be scheduled as a one-hour discussion using viable technology such as Skype.

For third-country nationals, here's the link to Identity Malta's VISA requirements.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Entry requirements for the PhD course are as follows:

  1. Master degree from an accredited institution (MQF/EQF L7 degree)
    • A full MQF/EQF L7 degree plus a portfolio evidencing relevant work experience for at least 5 years
    • A GPA of 3.5 or higher
  2. Minimum 4 years of relevant managerial/ professional experience or 4 years of academic experience
  3. Ability to comprehensively communicate in properly written English including writing and analytical skills to ensure that the prospective candidate can fully and meaningfully participate in course work including scholarly writing. If English is a second language, 7.0 IELTS total band score is required.
  4. Alignment between TI values and learner values
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. Proven capacity to research such as past research publications or master thesis

The next Intake

Our ongoing enrollment is not limited by an academic calendar. Our learner-centered focus is reflected in the ongoing intake. The next intake will depend on a sufficient number of learners to start the program. If your organization has a need, let's begin the dialogue to determine when is the best time to start the program. Especially for the online modality, Ph.D. learners can choose the independent study modality where they can start at any time and plan out their learning journey with a faculty advisor.

your Program Investment

This globally recognized, fully accredited, Ph.D. course (MQF Level: 8; ECTS: 180) tuition is only € 23400 (online) and takes approximately 48 months to complete.  Scholarships and country level pricing are available starting 2021, inquire soon before these funds are depleted.

Single Payment (Online model with immense flexibility) € 23400
       Monyly payment options as low as (online) € 650
Single Payment (residency model, may vary depending on location)  € 37400

APPLY ONLINE ⯈Enroll now begin your journey towards a globally accepted PhD (MQF/EQF Level 8, ECTS  180 credits). Be the Change your Nation Needs!