PhD by Research



18 to 36 Months


Paris or Online



Duration: 18 to 36 months
FEES: 18 500 Euros (non-subject to VAT)
Full-Time or Part-Time Online


Welcome to the PhD by research program offered in partnership with the Innovative Knowledge Institute Paris Graduate School at Kingsley Institute of Management! Our program is tailored for individuals worldwide driven by a fervor for advancing knowledge and making substantial contributions to their chosen field through rigorous research and scholarly inquiry.

At Kingsley Institute of Management, in collaboration with the Innovative Knowledge Institute Paris Graduate School, we prioritize nurturing intellectual curiosity and providing a supportive, intellectually stimulating environment for our PhD candidates. You’ll have the opportunity to deeply explore your area of interest, innovate new ideas, and push the boundaries of knowledge in your field.

Our distinguished faculty members, renowned experts in their respective disciplines, will serve as your mentors and guides throughout your research journey. They offer invaluable support, guidance, and feedback to help you develop advanced research skills, critical thinking abilities, and a profound understanding of your research area.

We encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and cultivate a vibrant research community where ideas flourish, collaborations thrive, and diverse perspectives are embraced. Engage with fellow researchers, attend seminars, workshops, and conferences, broadening your knowledge and networking with experts in your field.

As a PhD candidate at Kingsley Institute of Management, in partnership with the Innovative Knowledge Institute Paris Graduate School, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art research facilities, resources, and databases to facilitate your research endeavors. Enjoy the freedom to design and conduct experiments, analyze data, and draw meaningful conclusions that contribute to advancing knowledge in your field.

Throughout the program, we encourage you to publish your research findings in reputable journals and present your work at national and international conferences, enhancing both your academic profile and exposure to the wider research community.

Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll emerge as a highly skilled researcher equipped to tackle complex problems and make a significant impact in academia, industry, or other professional domains. Our PhD by research program, offered in partnership with the Innovative Knowledge Institute Paris Graduate School, provides the necessary skills, knowledge, and network to excel in your chosen career path.

Join our esteemed community of scholars and embark on an enriching research journey that will shape your future and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in your field.

In our PhD by research program, the Kingsley Institute Of Management and the Innovative Knowledge Institute are committed to pairing you with the most suitable mentor for your research. Our mentors are carefully selected from esteemed universities in France and across the globe. They possess exceptional qualifications, enjoy collaborating with fellow researchers, and bring extensive expertise in their respective fields.

The mentor-student relationship is highly flexible, allowing you and your mentor to determine the most effective mode of communication. Whether it be through online platforms, email, Skype, telephone, or face-to-face meetings, the choice is yours. We understand the importance of personalized guidance, and therefore, students have the option to request a specific mentor who aligns with their research interests and goals.

Students have the opportunity to make use of various local learning resources, including university library facilities, public libraries, museums, art galleries, and special collections, to support their research endeavors. In addition, the Internet has become an invaluable source of reliable and up-to-date information that can greatly enhance the research process. Online platforms such as forums, chat rooms, and audio/video conferencing enable students to engage in global research discussions in a cost-effective, efficient, and convenient manner. Furthermore, students have access to an extensive online library comprising thousands of journals and magazines, further expanding their research possibilities.

Average Mark 90% – 100%-
Pass with great distinction.
Average Mark 80% – 89%
Pass with distinction
Average Mark 70% – 79%
Very Good
Average Mark 60% – 69%
Average Mark 50% – 59%
Near Pass
Average Mark 0% – 49%


The pass mark shall be 60%




Assessment and examination are required in all degree programs, from Bachelor to Doctoral levels. Thesis and dissertation submissions are reviewed by a panel of examiners, who recommend whether to award the appropriate degree. Submissions can pass or fail, and in some cases, additional work or an oral examination may be required. The College values intellectual property rights and encourages students to publish their research findings.


Here is How The Process Works


Once the mentor believes the work is ready, it is reviewed by the Research Committee and an external moderator, who is an expert in the subject.
Based on the examiners’ reports, the Research Committee decides whether to proceed with an oral defense or request corrections and resubmission. If rejected again, the researcher can appeal for a new moderator.

Research degrees require strong investigative skills, writing abilities, and critical analysis.

PhD/DBA degrees can be completed within three academic years. Transfer students and those with previous study and research experience may receive credit.

Extensions are permitted, with a maximum of four terms for a Master’s and eight terms for a Doctorate.

Each academic term is three months, and students are required to enroll for a certain number of terms based on their degree level.

Research degrees can be started at the beginning of any month, with the term beginning on the first date of matriculation.

Overall, the process involves thorough assessment and examination of research work, with opportunities for improvement and publishing outcomes.

Applicants must possess either a relevant Master’s degree or the Level 7 Diploma to be considered for admission. In exceptional cases, individuals without a degree may be granted admission if they have a minimum of five years of work experience in the field of study or a related area. Proficiency in English is also required, with a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS exam or an approved equivalent. It is recommended to have a level of English proficiency at 6.5 or higher on the IELTS exam or an approved equivalent. Alternatively, applicants may take our internal English test online. Additionally, applicants are expected to submit an acceptable concept paper or synopsis outlining their intended research area.
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  • Establish and uphold exceptional standards in teaching, research, publication, management systems, and consultancy
  • Diversify the School’s funding sources and ensure prudent resource management

To maximize the potential of your research, we provide two courses that will ensure a strong foundation:

1. Advanced Research for PhD Students Course:

– Learn the Proposal Development Process
– Prepare for Field Research
– Undertake Field Research
– Master Report Writing
– Gain insights into Supervision
– Understand the Submission of your thesis

2. Research Methods for Managers Course:

This module focuses on developing students’ comprehension and abilities in research design, research methods, and research presentation.

Assessment: Both courses culminate in the completion of a Thesis with an oral defense, which is worth 60 ECTS credits.

The PhD is a continuing process throughout the academic year and there are no dates specified.
Application Deadlines
The contract must be signed at least 15 days before the start of the session.
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Course Leader
Dr Syed Bakht
Teaching and Learning Approaches