Micro Doctor's Degree in Project Development, Planning and Management

Level 8 is equivalent to Doctoral's Level

This module will introduce some fundamentals of research projects, especially from a DBA perspective. It highlights various challenges and bottlenecks researchers face in a typical DBA programme and aims to educate participants about the best practices for managing  DBA research. 

Level 8 is equivalent to the Doctoral level and could transfer 20 credits and total tuition fees to the Master’s programs of Paris-U.

Programs in details

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the fundamentals of the project, methodologies and processes related to a project.

1.1 Explain the growing importance of projects in an organisational context.

1.2 Appraise the complexities involved in managing projects. 

1.3 Explain the processes and methodologies related to projects.

2. Be able to compare and contrast the similarities between research projects, organisational project and DBA projects.

2.1 Understand the various types of research projects. 

2.2 Explain the differences between organisational projects and research projects. 

2.3 Understand the research funding landscape. 2.4 Explain the stages of a DBA project. 

2.5 Discuss how to manage risk in a DBA project.

3. Be able to demonstrate the  capacity to research and write up  a highly effective research  

3.1 Divide the research project into work packages,  activities, milestones, estimate duration and establish a relationship between activities. 

3.2 Estimate resource cost requirements for a given activity. 

3.3 Identify critical paths and optimise resource usage.

4. Be able to evaluate the challenges related to managing research projects.

4.1 Apply the project life cycle approach to examine the project management challenges. 

4.2 Identify best practices related to project management. 

4.3 Provide recommendations for the successful delivery of projects.

What is a project? 

  • Definitions – academic, professional body definitions. Why are they becoming important? 
  • Project Management as a competitive tool, the role of projects in improving organisational performance. What are the various types of projects? 
  • Construction, Production, Software development, media and entertainment, research and innovation, etc.  
  • Why projects are complex to manage? 
  • Triple constraints, organisational cultural issues,
  • lack of knowledge about requirements, lack of skills and technology 
  • Role of professional bodies in developing project discipline 
  • Project Management certification, Professional  bodies and membership

What are the differences between general  organisational projects and research projects

  • An introduction to funded research in business and  management  
  • Role of funding bodies such as World Bank, World  Health Organisations, IMF, European Commission,  ESRC, Research Councils, Charity organisations such as Melinda Gates foundation, etc. 
  • How are funded projects evaluated? 
  • Steps involved in evaluation of project proposals,  team capabilities and monitoring and evaluation of projects, emerging project themes
  • Risk management in the research project: 
  • Risk Management techniques, risk identification and management of risks, and risk register development.

Phases, activities and milestones in a DBA  project: 

  • Constraints in a research project 
  • Types of resources required to deliver the project PERT, GANTT tools and Critical Path Analysis

What is the typical journey of a DBA project?

  • What is the role of the supervisor in a DBA project? What are the potential challenges the researcher faces while undertaking a DBA programme? Examine past DBA project stories and discuss the best practices.

Indicative Reading list 

  • Townsend, K., & Saunders, M. N. (Eds.). (2018). How to Keep Your Research Project on Track: Insights from when Things Go Wrong. Edward  Elgar Publishing. 
  • Sinclair, N. (2019). On track: how to lead research projects with clarity and confidence. 
  • Bartlett, J. (2017) The Essentials of Managing Risk for Projects and Programmes. 1st Edition. Routledge. London • Larson, E. and Gray, E. (2021) Project Management: The Managerial Process, 8th ed, McGraw-Hill 
  • Pinto, J.K (2016) Project Management. Achieving Competitive Advantage. 4th Edition, Pearson, London.

Entry requirements

To enroll in the Micro Doctor program, the learner must possess the following:

  • A Master’s degree from an accredited university or achieved a Level 7 Diploma according to the European Qualifications.
  • For degrees from non-global accredited universities, learners should follow the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Qualification (APELQ) policy of the London Academy of Sciences.
  • Learners must be over 24 years old.

Université Libérale de Paris reserves the highest decision-making power for admission whether to accept or not accept after a specific review of each candidate’s profile to ensure they can comprehend and gain benefits when participating. For the fake university or diploma mills, Paris-U shall not be accepted.

English language requirements

Proof of English language proficiency must be provided if a learner is not from a predominantly English-speaking country.

  • 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.

After graduating from the Micro Doctor program, students receive all certified documents from Univertisé Libérale de Paris.

Certified Documents:

  • e-Certificate from Université Libérale de Paris
  • Hard copy certificate from Université Libérale de Paris
  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Qualification (APELQ) certified from Paris-U for credit and tuition fee transfer
  • Certification & Recognition certified from Paris-U.

Because the program is accredited and recognised, students can easily use certified in the working environment and have many opportunities for career advancement. In addition, if you want to study for a university degree, students can convert all credits and the full tuition fee when participating in the program Paris-U.

Université Libérale de Paris’s Micro Doctor’s Degree means:

Paris-U Micro Doctor’s Degree is certified at the doctoral level and is equivalent to:

  • Level 8 certificatCertificatee of Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) of the UK
  • Level 11 certificate of Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)
  • Level 8 Certificate of Credit and Qualifications Framework (CQFW)
  • Level 8 certificate of European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
  • Level 10 certificates of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
  • Level 8 certificate of ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF)
  • Level 10 certificate of the African Continental Qualifications Framework (ACQF)

Students can convert all credits and the full tuition fee when participating in the Paris-U academic programs if they want to study for an academic degree.

Credits transfer:

Learners can accumulate 20 credits from the Micro Doctor program when participating in the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) or Ph.D. of Paris-U. Please see the credit transfer policy HERE.

Tuition fee transfer:

When participating in the DBA/PhD program, students who have graduated from the Micro Doctor program will receive a discount equivalent to the short courses tuition fee. Please see the tuition fee transfer HERE.

[APEL.Q] – Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for Award of Academic Qualifications (Q) is the award of academic qualifications to individual learners through the evaluation and assessment of prior experiential learning towards fully accredited programs offered by Paris-U. A degree with [APEL.Q] pathway is granted based on the knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired through formal, informal, or non-formal learning.

As a crucial component of liberal education, Paris-U is the first university in the world to implement the APEL.Q approach to acknowledge experience and knowledge fully. Assist students in becoming rapidly recognised and entering the labour market.

Short Courses Certified programs are wholly approved and recognised according to the same rigorous standards as academic degree programs. Learners might include this qualification in their portfolios when submitting for the APEL.Q examination.

Please note that the APEL.Q process will only lead to a DBA/Ph.D degree from Paris-U, not a dual one. For more information, read more HERE

Université Libérale de Paris Certified program is not-for-profit, so Paris-U and its partners fully support the tuition fees. Université Libérale de Paris reserves the right not to accept more students if the number exceeds the quotas.

Apply Policy:

  • To participate in Paris-U’s Short courses program, students must meet the entry criteria corresponding to each level. Please see the “Entry” tab for more details.
  • Paris-U will only accept applicants if their entry qualifications are from diploma mill universities or schools/universities that are accredited.
  • For Level 7 short courses programs, if an entry bachelor is unavailable, students must demonstrate at least five years of work experience in the relevant field. Please note that a bachelor’s degree is required for the Master’s program at Paris-U, so you could take the Micro Master program but could not move to the Master’s program at Paris-U.
  • English is not a mandatory entry requirement for short course programs, but candidates must ensure that English is used in reading documents, listening to lectures, and doing assignments. Candidates should note that English is mandatory when switching to an academic program at Paris-U.

Apply Process:

  1.  Choose the program that suits your requirements. Note that applicants without a university degree will not be able to participate in the program at Level 7, and applicants without a Master’s degree will not be able to participate in the program at Level 8.
  2. Email your application to support@paris-u.fr with all the required documents. You can download the application form here.
  3. Our admission department will reach out to you and guide you through further processes if the registration documents need to be supplemented.
  4. Université Libérale de Paris will issue the Letter of Acceptant (LOA). You will proceed to the next steps according to the instructions and pay the tuition fee.
  5. Université Libérale de Paris will issue a student confirmation letter, login account to the e-learning system and related documents.
  6. You have become an official Paris-U student and enjoy your study journey.

The Short Courses Certified program is a fully online program. You can study anytime, anywhere. The final exam will be uploaded to the system and marked by the academic panel of Paris-U. Students must submit assignments on time. Otherwise, the student is considered not to continue the program.

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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. 

Level 8 short courses certificate & e-certificate
Hard copy certificate & APEL.Q documents
Transfer to Paris-U Degree

Université Libérale de Paris

Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) offers higher education programmes in English only and that are different from the French National Curricula and Programmes leading to French Government accredited university qualifications, which falls under the French Public Higher Education sector.

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