PhD Doctorate of Philosophy in Management


This PhD programme is a research-based programme; the traditional route for a doctorate in management.  This programme has a practical approach, designed for professionals who have already completed an MBA or an equivalent qualification and are looking to expand their knowledge in the field.

The duration of the PhD programme is 3 academic years but it can be completed in less time, depending on the student’s motivation to deliver the final project.

Online delivery

You will study online with practical learning, projects, and real-time research with Google G-Suite for Education, alongside 80 million educators and students worldwide.

Flexible programme

Unlike traditional universities, we have intakes  happening throughout the year. All programmes are totally flexible, and you can work at your own pace and convenience.

Support 24/7

Our Professors, renowned educators, and support team are available to make sure that your journey to attaining a Doctorate is seamless.


Credits transfers for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are available, subject to restrictions. Please enquire with our admissions department for credit transfer RPL.

Course Fees

Application fee : € 100 (non-refundable) and Administrative fees: € 100 (paid on acceptance)
Tuition Fees : € 6,490 per year

Discounts available for payments made in full prior to commencing the programme.

Teaching methodologies

The main teaching and learning methods at SSBR includes virtual classroom lectures, webinars and tutorials, practical learning, projects, and learning through research.

Assessment and verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes. 

Flexible courses to fit around your busy schedule

Highly qualified and experienced professors available to help you get the qualification you deserve.


The PhD programme is a fast-track programme that takes place entirely ONLINE. Students can complete the programme within 2 academic years. The programme has 240 ECTS (European Transfer Credit System).

Our PhD students are guided throughout the entire programme, from commencement through the defense of the final research project (PhD viva).

SSBR is accredited by Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC). SSBR has earned Premier status with ASIC for its commendable areas of operation. ASIC is an independent, government-approved accreditation body specialising in the accreditation of schools, colleges, universities, training organisations and online and distance education providers, both in the UK and overseas. ASIC examines the institution as a whole including the administration systems, teaching and delivery of the courses to ensure that the required standards are being met.

First year

Research Methodology I
Research Methodology II Publish or Perish – Preparing for the Journal Review Process
Paper Clinic in General Management Taxonomies and Typologies in Research

Second Year

Publishing in Management
Technology and Innovation
Final Thesis of your programme

The Ph.D. dissertation should include: (1) title page, (2) dedication page (optional), (3) table of contents, including List of Tables and List of Figures pages, (4) abstract, (5) acknowledgments page (optional), (6) list of abbreviations, (7) dissertation body (Introduction, methods, results and discussion and a final chapter/conclusion) (8) reference list and (9) appendices (optional).
Word count: 60,000-80,000 words EXCLUDING appendices.

Completion Option

If you have achieved all-but-dissertation (ABD) status in another institution of higher education’s Ph.D. in Management programme, there’s no need to start from scratch. Our programme offers a completion option that allows you to pick up where you left off. You’ll benefit from integrated dissertation support to help ensure you reach the finish line..


A PhD in Management will give you a competitive advantage in today’s workforce and the confidence to succeed. It can help you hone your skills and reach your professional and personal goals.

A PhD in Management gives you a wide range of benefits, it helps you add knowledge to your field of study and gain recognition from your peers. It boosts your CV and offers you great advantage over other candidates.

On average, a PhD graduate can expect a 70-100% increase in salary.

Admissions Requirements


Master’s degree or equivalent, preferably in a related field
IELTS 6.0 / TOEFL 75 (official English exam results) or proof of studying previously in an English-speaking environment for a minimum of 2 years.
Scanned copy of all required academic diplomas, transcripts, certificates
Extensive previous business/professional experience
Photocopy of a valid passport/national ID
Reference letters from a former academic institution or from current employer (if applicable)
Completion of the Thesis Proposal Form
Initial Proposal

Please provide a short academic description of your ideas regarding the topic you would like to explore during the programme.

This will be an initial proposal to show the school that you are clear about your plans for the programme and to help us support you in your work. Your project will be expected to change and evolve once you begin the course.

Outline the topic, question or issue you intend to explore
Explain why this is worthy of exploration.
Provide an overview of the current ideas surrounding this issue. You should refer to the latest academic or practitioner research in this filed.

Which methods do you intend to use during your research?
How might your study contribute to the theoretical understanding of this issue and/or solving real-world management problems in your own context?

Our organization is classed as a Business School, distinguishing its status from that of a standard university. As such, Swiss School of Business Research is not beholden to regulations imposed by the Swiss Higher Education Act (HEdA) and not listed on Swissuniversities’ list of accredited higher education institutions therefore the School is free to provide higher education and confer private degrees, from bachelor’s to doctorate levels.

Validity of degrees issued by private institutions in Switzerland

“Validity of degrees issued by private institutions in Switzerland
While higher education in Switzerland is primarily dispensed by public institutions, there are also many private ones. In Switzerland no prior authorisation is required in order to offer higher education courses, organise examinations or issue private degrees. In certain cases, however, the federal or cantonal authorities, depending on their respective area of authority, will supervise private institutions and/or authorise them to offer courses and issue degrees.
Private institutions based in Switzerland that are not accredited under the HEdA may only issue private degrees. Such degrees:
– may be used by the holder to carry out an unregulated profession; appreciation of the value of private degrees is left up to employers.
Generally speaking, there are no international agreements protecting the value of private degrees; in all cases, it is up to the national authorities in the host country to decide whether to recognise foreign qualifications. Private institutions are able to legitimately carry out their activities in Switzerland by virtue of the principle of economic freedom.*
SSBR is authorised by the Canton of Zurich for the provision of quality standards in adult education so the lessons comply with the cantonal regulations.
The Canton of Zurich authorizes SSBR to issue bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees.

* From the State Secretariat for Education and Research SER Directorate
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