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Program overview

The PhD in business course 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 unrivalled strategic focus on your growth as an integrated individual from a multiple intelligences perspective, in addition to the 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 helps societies advance from a unique cultural perspective. With a focus on grounded theory, this course provides you 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learning model focuses on developing you as a whole, not just an individual developing analytical skills under an out-of-date educational model of disconnected modules.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.

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INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES

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
  • Demostrate the ability and desire for high ethical standards in business research and practice

PhD Modules -Brief Description

RES801: Introduction to Social Science Research and Quantitative Methods

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. 

 

Schedule for PhD in Business

The PhD in Business course 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 a proposal defense and dissertation defense and Graduation Ceremony, held at the Malta campus. The first 5 modules are conducted during the first year of the course. During the second year, learners complete their 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, team work 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. 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

Admission Process

Prospective TI students apply by submitting a completed TI Application Form as well as the TI Questionnaire, along with a €100 application fee. A completed application also includes each of the items listed below, submitted to TI by set deadlines:

  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. Two credible references
  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 advisor. 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.

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
  1. Minimum 4 years of relevant managerial/ professional experience or 4 years of academic experience
  2. 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.
  3. Alignment between TI values and learner values
  4. Established at least 2 credible references
  5. Proven capacity to research such as past research publications or master thesis

 

Program Investment

The Transcontinental Institution of Higher Education PhD course investment is €32 770 and takes approximately 48 months to complete.  Financial assistance and limited scholarships available depending on potential and need. 

Application Fee €100
Deposit fee (Due upon acceptance) €750
Tuition per Term (7 residency Terms) € 1 950
Tuition per Research Term (approx..12 research Terms) € 995
Comprehensive exam and Proposal defense € 2 000
Dissertation Defense and Graduation Ceremony € 3 100

Monthly payment plans available (i.e. 925 EURO/month for 36 months).  Inquire about our limited scholarships and the coming distance learning modality.

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