Doctorate in Majors Dual Qualifications

Study for a Doctorate and earn both a dual professional doctorate and a Doctor of Philosophy.

  • Doctorate in Majors from the Swiss Institute of Management and Sciences (SIMS), Switzerland.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in International Business Management from Horizons University, France.


Schweizer Institut für Hochschulbildung in Management and Innovation (MI Swiss) is the International Institute of SIMI Swiss. When participating in the program coordinated by MI Swiss with partner universities, students receive the following advantages:

85% Tuition Saving

Studying Swiss programs as an official SIMI Swiss student at a reduced tuition rate, while maintaining the same high standard and quality.

Dual Qualifications

As the programs are accredited and recognized across various educational systems, students can earn multiple awards and recognitions after graduating.

Academic Support System

Personal research supervisor and additional support for publishing research papers in ISI/SCOPUS journals.

Flexible Learning Model

Live Class with SIMI Swiss's Lecturers, optimizing studying process for busy individuals.

Program in details

01 Introduction

The doctoral program represents the pinnacle of academic achievement. It equips students with the opportunity to expand their research and teaching horizons in a global context that is in dire need of high-impact research projects with commercial potential.


The current issue with Doctoral programs is the divide between practical research capabilities and academic research skills. This leads to doctoral candidates lacking in the complementary knowledge between the two types of Doctorates. The dual Doctorate program, combining a Professional Doctorate and a Ph.D. from MI Swiss, fully addresses this issue.


As a research-based Doctoral program, students are introduced to research methodologies right from the start and begin their research immediately after being guided in formulating their research proposals. They are also assigned a faculty mentor who accompanies them throughout the research process.


One of the significant trends that affirm the status of Doctorates in both applied research and academic environments is the ability to publish international articles in prestigious journals within the ISI/SCOPUS system. With this program, if students express the need, they will be assigned a dedicated faculty advisor and offered additional courses to help them publish international articles based on the research developed during their program.


Students study with SIMI Swiss but receive their degrees from partner universities. This arrangement allows them to benefit from Switzerland's comprehensively accredited and recognized educational system, while also potentially saving up to 85% on tuition fees compared to the original costs.

02 Program Details

The program consists of mandatory modules and a Doctor’s Dissertation, totalling 240 UK credits, lasting a minimum of 2.5 years and a maximum of 3 years.

Mandatory modules:
  • Course: Developing Research Capability (60 ỤK credits)
  • Activity: Present Research Proposal in the Colloquium
  • Course: Advanced Research Design and Methodologies (60 UK credits)
Doctor’s Dissertation Stage:
  • Activity: Working with Research Supervisor for Dissertation
  • Activity: Present the research result in Colloquium
  • Activity: Defend the Dissertation

List of Doctorate Majors:

  • Doctor of Information Technology
  • Doctor of Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Doctor of Public Administration
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Tourism and Hospitality
  • Doctor of Human Resources Management
  • Doctor of Project Management
  • Doctor of Finance and Risk Management
  • Doctor of Strategic Marketing
  • Doctor of Insurance & Risk Management
  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Cargo Management

Graduating from the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Dual Qualifications (By Research) program, the learner could:

1. Develop research aligned with the context of the Management and Administration research major.

  • Assess the importance, practicality, and research feasibility of the Management and Administration research topic.
  • Develop and adjust the research purpose to align with the direction and research objectives and within the time constraints.
  • Analyze and evaluate various research options, making appropriate choices.

2. Possess the ability to gather, organize, and select relevant theoretical foundations for doctoral research.

  • Compile theoretical foundations related to business and management research.
  • Categorize and form a theoretical structure to serve the scientific management research topic.

3. The ability to design comprehensive research.

  • Review precedent studies and select relevant research to support the intended research.
  • Design research in line with research objectives, research questions, and the research timeframe.
  • Adjust the chosen research methods considering research ethics and feasibility.

4. The capability to formulate a research proposal and the completed research.

  • Formulate research questions and review theoretical foundations and research models.
  • Construct research following international standards by developing a complete doctoral thesis in the selected majors.
  • Present research to the scientific council.
  • Possess the ability to defend and persuade.

Assessment and Confirmation of Academic Results:

All modules and doctoral dissertations in the Doctorate Dual Qualifications (By Research) program, which follows a research-oriented model, undergo evaluation by both SIMI and University Partner. Learners are required to demonstrate mastery of knowledge and the attainment of competencies as outlined in detail in the program’s syllabus. This rigorous evaluation process ensures that candidates meet the established standards and objectives of the program.

03 Admission

In addition to the entry requirements, candidates applying to the program are also assessed for their suitability by the admissions committee before joining the program to ensure that they can acquire and benefit from the program.

Entry requirements:

To enroll this program, learners must possess one of the criteria below:

  • Learners must be over 24 years old; and
  • A Master’s qualification in Majors from accredited universities; or
  • A Level 7 EQF diploma or equivalent. Level 7 Diploma must be from organizations that are authorized to issue qualifications and have been accredited.

English requirements:

If a learner is not from a predominantly English-speaking country, proof of English language proficiency must be provided.

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2 or equivalent;
  • Or A minimum TOEFL score of 101 or IELTS 6.5; Reading and Writing must be at 6.5 or equivalent.

Please note: SIMI and MI Swiss reserve the right to make admissions decisions based on the requirements of recognized agencies and the global quotas of the program.

04 Learning method

SIMI programs offer a Fully Online or Hybrid learning model (conditionally applied), allowing students to study with original programs from Switzerland and partner countries. This enables students to achieve qualifications equivalent to those of full-time international students without the need to live in or attend on-site activities. The Broadcast classes with SIMI’s Lecturers on scheduled days are perfect for those with busy work lives or limited time during the week.


The following video will provide learners with a direct and comprehensive overview of enrolling in online classes at SIMI Swiss.



Supporting Systems:


We understand that pursuing a postgraduate accredited program can be both exciting and challenging, especially for busy adult learners. To assist in overcoming challenges, we’ve developed the SIMI Swiss Supporting Systems, designed to help navigate any difficulties during learners studies.


For a comprehensive overview of our support, please watch our informative videos for assistance at every step of your academic journey.



Effective SIMI Pedagogy:


At SIMI, we pay special attention to the effectiveness of our programs. As for our exclusive teaching method specifically designed for busy learners, we strongly believe that this method will allow learners to seamlessly integrate foundational theory and professional knowledge into the context of real life and career.


The following video will help you understand this method more deeply.


05 Support of Personal Research Supervisor

According to numerous studies, one of the most significant challenges faced by doctoral students is the lack of a guiding faculty member to accompany, support, and advise them throughout their research period. Furthermore, 80% of doctoral students who fail to graduate on time or are forced to abandon their programs halfway do so because of this issue.

Understanding this, SIMI Swiss has implemented a program with dedicated research mentors to support and guide students throughout their research development phase, following the completion of their proposal through various courses.

Although a research mentor isn't there to do the work for you, their support and extensive research experience provide a solid foundation for students to complete high-quality research on time. Additionally, this support enhances the opportunity for students to publish their work in prestigious journals such as ISI/SCOPUS.

06 Publishing Research Papers in ISI/SCOPUS

Being able to publish international articles is a crucial skill that helps establish a researcher's standing. Moreover, it aids in disseminating high-quality research, contributing to the spread of human knowledge.

The Dual Doctorate program does not require students to publish international articles. However, it always keeps this opportunity open, along with providing additional support activities to assist those students who wish to publish their research in prestigious ISI/SCOPUS journals.

After completing their research, students who wish to do so will be assigned an international publication advisor (who may be the same as or different from their research mentor) and will have access to additional workshops designed to help them excel in publishing their work.

07 Awarded Qualifications

Due to the increasing difficulties in obtaining tuition fee subsidies from SIMI, which are also facing quota limitations, the arrangement between these entities will assist learners in accessing Swiss Made education. This allows students to earn degrees from Swiss Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and the United Kingdom, benefiting from the best of both educational systems:

1. Doctorate in Majors from the Swiss Institute of Management and Sciences (SIMS), Switzerland.

2. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in International Business Management from Horizons University, France.


08 Accreditation of SIMI Swiss

Because the programs and qualifications offered are rigorously accredited by reputable organizations, upon graduation, students have the confidence to enter the job market, pursue further studies, and smoothly transition to other prestigious and equivalently reputable educational systems.


SIMI SWISS is the pioneering higher education institution with accreditation at both the programmatic and institutional levels:


  • Accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC) at the highest level (Premier Institution);
  • A full member of SVEB (Swiss Federation for Adult Learning).
  • Accreditation of the management system compatible with the European Quality Assurance Framework for Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) and Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area, awarded by the HEAD – Higher Education Accreditation Division;
  • Programs is recognized by Ofqual UK.Gov Awarding Bodies.
  • Learning outcomes are mapped to the UK national occupational standards.

|| See more information about the accreditation and recognition of SIMI Swiss HERE ||


Guidelines of how to check the accreditation of SIMI Swiss:


09 Accreditation of Horizons University, France

University of Information Technology and Management (Wyższa Szkoła Informatyk i Zarządzania w Rzeszowie) is one of the top universities in Poland, ranked first in Poland according to the reputable European Union U-Multirank rankings.


UITM is also the first university in Poland and one of only four universities in Europe to offer a degree in Aviation Management.


UITM is not only recognized by the government in Poland but also acknowledged in many countries and territories through direct or indirect agreements.


The video below will guide you on how to check and verify the accreditation and recognition of UITM.

10 Accreditation of SIMS

SIMS has gained recognition from various accreditation bodies worldwide for its outstanding performance in delivering excellent education to students. Thus, with its long list of achievements, there is no doubt that SIMS offers a high-quality education experience to all its students.


The Swiss Institute of Management and Sciences (SIMS) is recognized by top-tier accreditation bodies. This includes a notable German Higher Education Accreditation Division, enhancing student experiences and operational standards. Additionally, SIMS is globally acknowledged by the International Accreditation Organization (IAO) for its excellence in educational quality. It also prides itself on being a member of the Swiss Federation of Private Schools, showcasing its alignment with Switzerland's high educational standards. For a detailed look at each accreditation, you can explore more on their website.

10 Apostille

Certifications & Apostilles in Switzerland:

Certifications & Apostilles is the process by which The Cantonal Chancellery certifies original public documents of the Canton of Zug (where SIMI Swiss is authorized and licensed), thus validating them for use abroad. The process solely verifies the authenticity of the diploma, confirming its origin from the Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation, and ensures the genuine signature of the chancellor/dean.

Below is an example of the Certification by Notary Public and confirm from Chancellor of State:

Note: The information provided here is accurate as of the publication date, and the content may be subject to changes based on the regulations of each country without prior notice.

11 Disclaimer

The Swiss Information and Management Institute (SIMI Swiss), MI Swiss along with our Partner Universities, Academic Partners, Local Supporting Partners, and Qualification Awarding Bodies (collectively referred to as the 'Parties' or 'We'), hereby state and affirm that:


  • The Parties expressly disclaim any guarantee of acceptance of a degree by a third party. The acceptance or rejection of a degree is contingent upon the discretion of the receiving entity.
  • The Parties explicitly disavow any guarantee pertaining to salary increments, promotions, new employment opportunities, or employment acceptance subsequent to graduation.
  • Although there exist regulations concerning cross-recognition and equivalence of qualifications, it is important to note that each country, organization, and entity retains the right to acknowledge and recognize its own degrees. The Parties do not assure automatic recognition of degrees during the diploma and certificate usage process, including the issuing of transcripts, by any of our members. Furthermore, the Parties do not assure or endorse the process of recognizing equivalent qualifications (if applicable).
  • The Parties do not assure or commit to facilitating opportunities for immigration, employment abroad, acquisition of work permits, teaching permits, or professional licenses in the UK, Europe, or any other country.
  • While the Parties extend maximum support, they do not guarantee 100% approval of student visas (in the case of full-time study) or Schengen visas (for attendance at the graduation ceremony in Europe) if learners do not meet the requirements of the host country and the competent authority responsible for immigration, relocation, and settlement in other countries.

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