Doctor of Philosophy


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program with 18 specialisations is a dual-degree program that combines the UK competency framework training system and the Université Libérale de Paris. The Ph.D. in specialised research is the highest degree program and academic degree.

The Doctor of Philosophy – PhD in 18 specialisations focuses on in-depth research knowledge in business administration and management. Students have access to research from the start, with highly practical and applied topics.

In contrast to the Doctor of Business Administration program, students must have at least one scientific article published in ISI/SCOPUS journals, journals owned by the Liberal University of Paris, or journals linked to.

The Doctor of Business Administration at the Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) is a dual degree program offered by France and the United Kingdom. Students will graduate with two independent degrees.

Graduates will receive:

  • LRN Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.
  • Specialized Doctor of Philosophy from the Université Libérale de Paris.

Program Overview

Academic Support:

  • The exclusive English language and academic support system provided by our partners assists international students in overcoming language barriers and difficulties.
  • Local tutors during classes
  • Additional workshops will be held locally to help students conduct and complete their Ph.D thesis research with confidence.

Learning Method:

The program is designed for both full-time students on our campus in France and international students by embracing the Hybrid model, which combines live classes and local tutors (online). With the Hybrid learning model, students can study French and UK programs and earn degrees as full-time students without living and working in France like our full-time students.

Distinct in Degrees – 2 independent degrees with a specialization based on the PhD thesis:

  • A Level 8 Diploma (Doctoral Level) in Strategic Management and Leadership from LRN.
  • A Specialized Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D) from Université Libérale de Paris

List of Majors:

Postgraduate students pursuing dual degrees in the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) program will receive two independent degrees, with the specialisation based on the doctoral thesis. Research students can specialise in one of the following areas:

  • Ph.D in International Business
  • Ph.D in Hospitality Managememt 
  • Ph.D in Public Administration 
  • Ph.D in Hospital Management 
  • Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Management 
  • Ph.D in Healthcare Management 
  • Ph.D in Human Resources Management 
  • Ph.D in Finance & Banking 
  • Ph.D in Logistics and Supply Chain Management 
  • Ph.D in Tourism Management 
  • Ph.D in Luxury Management 
  • Ph.D in Engineering Management 
  • Ph.D in Technical Management 
  • Ph.D in Construction Management 
  • Ph.D in Design Management 
  • Ph.D in Information Technology Management
  • And other specialisations based on the Doctoral Thesis

The dual degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program is a research-oriented academic program. Students will take research courses and gradually implement research under the guidance and supervision of Instructors. Students must complete research by demonstrating at least one academic journal on the ISI/SCOPUS system or international journals owned or affiliated with Paris-U.

The program is three years long. The method of instruction consists of a combination of globally live-streamed lectures (Live Classes) and online tutors and instructors.

Mandatory modules:

  • Develop Advanced Research Approaches in a suitable context (30 credits)
  • Advanced Literature Review (30 credits)
  • Advanced Design Research (30credits)
  • Advanced Data Analytics for Research (30 credits)

Students will complete each phase of their PhD thesis after each course.

PhD thesis stage (60 credits)

  • Doctoral Thesis (60 credits)
  • Defend Doctoral Thesis

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) thesis will be related to knowledge development in administration and management.

The Ph.D. program, unlike the DBA programs, requires a minimum of one academic journal published on the ISI/SCOPUS system or on journals owned or affiliated with Paris-U.

Students who complete the Doctor of Philosophy dual degree program can:

  1. Be able to conduct research relevant to the context of the specialization.
  • Assess the significance, practicability, and research potential of the problem to be investigated.
  • Develop and modify research objectives to suit orientation, research objectives, and research time constraints.
  • Analyze, consider alternatives, and make appropriate research decisions.

2. Be able to collect, organize, and choose theoretical foundations for PhD research projects

  • Collect theoretical foundations related to the research topic.
  • Organize and develop theoretical foundation structures for research topics.

3. Be able to design an entire study.

  • Know how to conduct a literature review and select relevant studies to support the proposed research.
  • Design the research in accordance with the research objectives, research questions, and time frame.
  • Adjust the chosen research methodology while keeping research ethics and feasibility in mind.

4. Be able to create a research proposal and carry out research.

  • Examine theoretical foundations and research models when developing research questions.
  • Develop research to international standards by writing a complete PhD thesis on a chosen topic.
  • Know how to present your research to a scientific panel.
  • Be able to persuade and argue.
  • Be able to write academic journals
  • Be able to work with the appraisal council and peer-review in the process of publishing academic journals.

The Université Libérale de Paris is the only university where doctoral students can study a full range of courses specialized in administration and management. The materials from these specialized courses can broaden the student’s knowledge and aid in their research process.

All study materials for Management and Administration majors at the Doctoral level (Level 8 EQF) are posted on the training management system (LMS), and these materials are only accessible to PhD students at the Université Libérale de Paris.

Students taking the Doctor of Philosophy program have access to the following materials and lectures:

  • Developing Strategic Management and Leadership Potential (20 credits)
  • Managing Strategic Change (20 credits)
  • Project Development, Planning, and Management (20 credits)
  • Advanced Research Design and Methodologies (40 credits)
  • Developing Research Capability (20 credits)
  • Strategic Financial Management (20 credits)
  • Strategic Human Resource Management (20 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation (20 credits)

Ph.D students have both specialized knowledge at the doctoral level and research competence from the Ph.D. with the help of knowledge-supporting materials.

The doctoral programs at Université Libérale de Paris are designed with a training time of 3 to 5 years or more, culminating in a PhD thesis that meets international standards.

When participating in the PhD program in conjunction with the UK qualification system Level 8 Diploma, graduate students can choose between two training programs: Specialized Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Specialized Doctor of Business Administration (DBA).

Despite sharing the same specialization, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) have many differences. Some of the fundamental differences are as follows:

1TitleDoctor of Philosophy in [specialization]Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A., DBA, DrBA, or Dr.B.A.)
2CategoriesDoctor of ScienceProfessional Doctorate (a focus on career applications)
3LevelDoctor (highest academic level in professional specializations)Doctor (highest academic level in administration and management)
4Training time3 – 5 years2 – 5 years
5Learning and research objectivesCreating a new theoretical framework for a specific field or industry 

Creating a new theoretical system and/or applied solutions for the industry that the research students work and research in.

6International academic journals on ISI/SCOPUSIf students require, they will be encouraged and guided on a customized routeIf students require, they will be encouraged and guided on a customized route
7CoursesResearch courses and ColloquiumResearch courses and Colloquium
8Doctoral thesisHighly academic Highly practical 
9Postgraduate recognitionDr.Dr.
10Level according to the European Qualifications Framework Level 8Level 8
11Career pathEducation, ResearchEducation, Management
12Academic development pathPostDocPostDoc

Candidates who register for the program will be considered by the application department before joining the program, in addition to the entry requirements, to ensure that they understand and benefit from it.

Entry requirements must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Master’s degrees in specific fields from accredited universities.
  • RQF (UK), EQF (Europe), or equivalent level 7. Level 7 diplomas must be obtained from accredited institutions.
  • Université Libérale de Paris does not accept degrees from fake universities, Diploma Mills, or recognized universities but from untrustworthy accreditation bodies.

English language requirements:

  • English at or above CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) level B2.
  • IELTS 5.5; Speaking and writing must both be 5.5 or higher.
  • In the lack of an English certification, the Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) conducts an internal English test and evaluates each candidate.


The Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) reserves the right to accept or reject applications based on accrediting agency requirements and Paris-U’s global acceptance criteria.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program is a dual degree program. Graduates will receive the following:

The Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from LRN.

In the United Kingdom, Level 8 is equivalent to:

Level Qualification Framework Equivalent degrees
8 Level UK (RQF) Level 8 diploma
12 Level in Scotland (SCQF) Doctoral Degrees
Professional Development Awards
Doctor The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK (FHEQ) Doctorate, for example, Doctor of philosophy (PhD or DPhil)
8 Level in Europe (EQF) Doctorate, for example Doctor of Philosophy (PhD or DPhil)
Level 8 diploma
10 Level in Austratlia (AQF) Doctoral Degree
10 Level in Africa (ACQF) Doctoral Degree
8 Level ASEAN (ARQF) Doctoral Degree
Level 8 Diploma
8 Level based on Vietnam Qualification Framework (VQF) Doctoral Degree

Specialized Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D) awarded by Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U)

The Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) Specialized Doctorate of Philosophy is equivalent to the Level 8 Diploma of the EQF European Qualification Framework and is assessed using the Paris-U accreditation system.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) is the highest level of education. The dual degree program combines the UK Diploma with the Doctorate of Philosophy from the Université Libérale de Paris. Research students can advance their careers as experts, theoretical and practical research specialists, lecturers, or senior positions in the industry.

If students want to conduct in-depth international research, publish more international articles on the ISI/SCOPUS system, and so on, they can enroll in PostDoc programs tailored to their research interests.

Graduate students can also publish books, studies developed during their studies, or research that comes up during their studies.


  • Students are full-time Université Libérale de Paris students (Paris-U).
  • Students pursue the original program as full-time students at Université Libérale de Paris in France (Paris-U).
  • The program is entirely taught in English. Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) does not adopt the education system for French-taught programs in France.
  • Degrees awarded by Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) are classified as private university degrees. Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) degrees are not part of the public education system, not owned by the French government, and are not part of the France-based higher education system.
  • Fees and scholarship policies (if applicable) are subject to change or cancellation at any time.



  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) and its partners make no assurances that students who enrol will graduate and receive a degree. Only if the student fully meets and fulfils the academic, financial, disciplinary, and other requirements does the Université Libérale de Paris award degrees and recognise academic results.
  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) reserves the right to refuse admission, refuse support, cancel student status, and not reimburse tuition and fees in the case of violations, absenteeism, or voluntary refusal to continue the program.
  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) cannot guarantee that a third party will accept a degree. The receiving organisation’s subjectivity determines whether or not to accept.
  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) does not guarantee that students will receive a salary increase or promotion or be accepted into new positions or jobs after graduation.
  • Despite regulations governing cross-recognition and qualifications equivalence, each country, organisation, and unit has its own right to receive and recognise degrees. Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) does not guarantee automatic degree recognition when using degrees, certificates, transcripts, and other documents from the Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) and partner schools. Similarly, Université Libérale de Paris does not guarantee or support the process of recognising equivalent qualifications (if any).
  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) makes no guarantees or commitments that students will be able to reside, work abroad, obtain a work permit, a teaching license, or a specialist license in France, Europe, or any other country.
  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) offers extreme assistance but cannot guarantee students 100% of a short-term study visa (in case of full-time study) or European visa (to attend the graduation ceremony in France and/or Europe) if it does not meet the requirements of the host country and the appropriate authorities in granting and approving the right to exit, move, and migrate.
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Tuition Fees

Tuition policies are in keeping with the provisions of the Paris-U policy and are subject to change without notice. In some cases, Paris-U offers a variety of Scholarships for International Students. 

Original Application Fees​
Original Tuition Fees​

Université Libérale de Paris

Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) offers a variety of Scholarships for International Students. It does not apply to full-time students within France and the EU, and its availability is constrained.

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