PhD in Psychology (By Research)

In collaboration with Horizons University, France.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology from Horizons University (HU).


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:

80% Tuition Saving

Students can study the original Swiss program from SIMI Swiss and save up to 80% on costs compared to the original tuition fees by not receiving SIMI Swiss degrees directly and getting support from partner universities.

Qualifications Awarded

With comprehensive recognition of training results, students can receive qualifications from Partner Universities after graduation.

Academic Support System

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

Flexible Learning Model

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

Program in details

01 Introduction

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education is the highest qualification in the academic and pedagogical science system. Through the process of study and research, students not only acquire scientific research competency (a mandatory competency at the Doctoral level) but also develop profound and in-depth knowledge within every facet of business operations. This forms the foundation for conducting in-depth research and teaching within their passionate fields and industries.

Through the MI Swiss Institute for International Cooperation, learners can participate in original programs and receive exclusive study support from SIMI Swiss, while also earning qualifications from Horizons University (HU), France. This model helps students save up to 80% of tuition compared to the original cost when not getting a qualification directly from SIMI Swiss.

02 Program Details

The program consists of mandatory modules and a Doctor’s Dissertation, totaling 240 UK/120 ECTS Credits, lasting a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 5 years.

Mandatory modules:
  • Course: Developing Research Capability (60 UK/30 ECTS Credits)
  • Activity: Present Research Proposal in the Colloquium
  • Course: Advanced Research Design and Methodologies (60 UK/30 ECTS Credits)
Doctor’s Dissertation Stage (120 UK/60 ECTS Credits):
  • Activity: Working with Research Supervisor for Dissertation
  • Activity: Present the research result in Colloquium
  • Activity: Defend the Dissertation
Graduating from the program, the learner could:
1. Develop Contextually Aligned Research
  • Conduct research in the areas of Education, Educational Management, Pedagogy, and innovative teaching and learning methods.
  • Assess the importance, practicality, and feasibility of research topics in Management and Administration
  • Develop and adjust research purposes to align with overall research objectives and within time constraints.
  • Analyze and evaluate various research options, making appropriate and informed choices.
2. Gather and Organize Theoretical Foundations
  • Compile relevant theoretical foundations related to research topics in education, educational management, pedagogy, and pedagogical innovation.
  • Categorize and structure theoretical frameworks to support research topics within the scientific fields of educational management and specialized pedagogical groups.
3. Design Comprehensive Research
  • Review existing studies and select relevant research to support intended research efforts.
  • Design research in alignment with research objectives, questions, and timelines.
  • Adjust chosen research methods considering ethical considerations and feasibility.
4. Formulate Research Proposals and Complete Research Projects
  • Formulate research questions and review theoretical foundations and research models.
  • Construct research projects that meet international standards, culminating in a complete doctoral thesis in the field of education and pedagogy.
  • Present research findings to scientific councils.
  • Develop the ability to defend and persuasively argue research findings.
Assessment and Confirmation of Academic Results:

All modules and doctoral dissertations in the program undergo evaluation by Horizons University. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. SIMI and MI Swiss does not accept entry qualifications from counterfeit universities, Diploma Mills, or universities accredited by unreliable accreditation agencies.

04 Learning method

MI Swiss functions as an International Cooperation Institute of the Swiss Information and Management Institute (SIMI Swiss), established with the aim of providing learners with more opportunities to participate in Swiss programs in the context that SIMI Swiss's tuition subsidy programs have reached their maximum quota.
MI Swiss implements SIMI Swiss programs, but learners will receive their qualifications from university partners, allowing students to save on tuition fees while still accessing Swiss-Made academic programs at a more affordable cost
Learning mode
With the goal of providing an effective learning experience and adapting to the global educational landscape, programs at SIMI Swiss apply a flexible learning model (combining Live classes and online local tutors), helping to optimize learning efficiency for busy working people.
The video provides 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 and MI 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 instructors are not directly involved in conducting student research, their support and experience are still important. This helps ensure that students have a solid foundation to complete research quality and on time, while also facilitating publication of research work in prestigious journals such as ISI /SCOPUS.
  • Access the Academic Support Portal: CLICK HERE
  • The video provide learners with a direct and comprehensive overview of the exclusive Research Support System at SIMI Swiss: CLICK HERE

06 Seminar

In the MI Swiss Doctoral program, emphasis is placed on both acquiring knowledge and expanding professional relationships while staying current with scientific advancements. These elements are not only crucial but also mandatory components of the program.


SIMI Swiss, the governing body of MI Swiss, collaborates with partner universities to organize mandatory seminars for students. Although these seminars do not award credits, they evaluate participants based on essential activities. After attending a seminar abroad, students engage in Networking activities to build connections within the academic and professional communities.

SIMI Swiss collaborates with SIMS Swiss in the organization of Seminars and Networking activities:


07 Horizons University

About Horizons University, France:

  • Approved and recognized for undergraduate and postgraduate training activities by the French Ministry of Education;
  • Recognized training activities in France and abroad by the Paris professional training department;
  • Achieved the French Qualiopi quality education certificate;
  • Program accreditation by Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP);
  • Program accreditation by the European Council for Business Education (ECBE). ECBE is a member of ENQA;
  • A member of the Federation for Education in Europe (FEDE).


  • See more information about Horizons University: CLICK HERE
  • Guidelines of how to check the accreditation of Horizons University: CLICK HERE
  • Why is Horizons University Unique? CLICK HERE

Please note: In France, there are two diploma systems: the National Diplomas and the University Diplomas. National Diplomas are national diploma system granted by the French Ministry of Education through national exams and studying French national curriculum in French. University Diplomas are diploma system granted by universities through examinations organized by the universities, along with evaluation from independent internal and external accreditation systems.

Horizons University's Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral qualifications belong to the University Diplomas system.

08 Recognition Program

Through the MI Swiss International Cooperation Institute, students can directly study the program of SIMI Swiss but only receive qualification(s) from partner universities, helping students save on tuition and may access scholarships from partner universities.
  • Accreditation on the Swiss Government Education Portal SVEB: CLICK HERE
  • Accreditation of SIMI Swiss accreditations and recognitions: CLICK HERE

09 Apostille

According to Clause 2, Article 2 of Decree 111/2011/ND-CP, "Apostille" is defined and interpreted as the Vietnamese competent authority certifying the seal, signature, and title on foreign documents so that these documents can be legally recognized and used in Vietnam.

Apostille certifies the seal, signature, and title on documents.


Apostille on the diploma from Horizons University:

Note: The reference information provided above is only accurate at the time of publication and the content may change according to adjustments in the laws of each country without prior notice.

10 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.

Accreditation and Recognition of Horizons University, French

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