Doctorate Preparation Programme


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Program Description


Improve Your Readiness for Doctoral Degree Studies

This unique online training course provides speedy and effective preparation for your Doctoral studies to help you “hit the ground running.”

The course will be of help to potential Doctoral students (PhD, DBA, D.Ed., Professional Doctorates).

It will be of particular benefit to students from the fields of Business and Management, Social Science, Law and Politics. Specifically designed to target the UK, USA, Canadian Australia and New Zealand, Universities’ programmes.

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How the Course Works

Delegates to the DPP will be led online by experienced UK University tutors. The tutors all have substantial experience in guiding doctorate students to a successful conclusion. Similarly, the tutors are skilled in leading online discussions. 

All delegates receive free access to Microsoft Teams for Education including Microsoft 365.


Programme Structure

First Block

Second Block

The first block will be for the equivalent of a 3-day period. This is offered as three days spread over 6 weeks. It will be an online programme and will focus initially on students in the Middle East and China, although students from any location are welcome.  The second block will involve the assignment of an experienced tutor from our bank of experienced Doctoral staff who will guide each student as they construct their research proposal.

Programme Content

Block One Topics

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

  • The nature of a Doctoral programme in the UK, USA and Canada
  • What the supervisors are there for
  • How to consider the research context
  • What is required in the Literature Review
  • What conceptual framework has been selected
  • What is a conceptual model
  • Approaches to Research Methodology
  • Research Philosophy
  • Deductive and inductive thinking
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Methodologies
  • Constructing research questions
  • SPSS and related techniques
  • Mixed-Method research
  • Grounded Theory
  • What are Upgrade sessions and Annual Reviews
  • What is meant by “contribution to knowledge” and “contribution to practice
  • Reference List and Appendices
  • How does the Viva work
  • Dealing with the Viva decision

Block Two

This is the supervision of your individual research proposal by an experienced Doctoral tutor. There will be equivalent to one day of personal interaction between you and your individual supervisor. This will result in a structured research proposal, which can be sent to Universities in the UK, USA, Canada Australia and New Zealand.

The typical Research Proposal is normally of 1000 words and written in English.

  • Research Aim
  • Research Objectives
  • Research Questions
  • Conceptual framework
  • Hypothesis if applicable
  • Anticipated timeframe
  • GANTT Chart
  • Potential Limitations
  • Central Theme Running Through

Programme Tutors

The programme will be tutored by a team of experienced UK University lecturers, led by Dr David Bright, Visiting Fellow at the University of Hull. MDCI will manage the logistics, recruitment and student support.

Entry Requirements

Students should possess a master’s degree level qualification and for non-native English speakers an IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no single element being less than 6.0

Programme Fees Include:

  • Programme induction
  • Microsoft Teams for Education
  • Microsoft 365
  • Tuition Block one
  • Supervision Block 2

US$ 4750

  • Payable before the start of the programme. Early bird discounts may apply.


Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

For more than thirty years, Management Development Centre International (MDCI) has been redefining the way executive education is delivered in the Middle East and Africa. Now, our focus on enabling tr ... Read More

For more than thirty years, Management Development Centre International (MDCI) has been redefining the way executive education is delivered in the Middle East and Africa. Now, our focus on enabling transformational leaders has resulted in a new pathway to achieving a UK-accredited MBA. Read less
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