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PhD Programmes

The PhD programmes on this page are delivered in Collaboration with Abertay University.

  • Tuition fees: UK - £4,682 | International - £15,000
  • Programme level: PhD
  • Start date: Flexible
  • Study mode: Full-time
  • Duration: 3 - 5 Years

These are unique PhD programmes delivered by two innovative institutions.

Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education is a place where potential and ability are valued over background or ethnicity. It is an establishment where further and higher education is available and welcome to all. Our vision for high-quality teaching and learning, enriched by a multicultural perspective, makes for a rewarding educational experience.

Abertay University is a compact and focused university with a reputation for working effectively across traditional research boundaries. The university is committed to research that delivers a real impact on society. Researchers are solving complex real-world problems, looking at many areas that have significant societal impact.

Work alongside experts from a range of disciplines

Postgraduate Research students at Al-Maktoum College and Abertay University work alongside experts from a range of discipline areas, posing new questions and finding creative solutions to society’s problems. Our research students are central to our research community.

Both institutions pride themselves on:

  • Excellent research environments and researcher training opportunities
  • Close links with industry, the public and third sectors
  • Welcoming student support
  • Pan-University Graduate School, which encourages interdisciplinary working in our next generation of researchers.



The following are the key focus areas; however, it is not an exhaustive list:

  1.   Organisational learning, workplace learning and lifelong learning.
  2.   Business excellence and quality management
  3.   Future foresight and innovation management
  4.   Performance management and improvement
  5.   Leadership and corporate culture
  6.   Moral economy and sustainability, sustainable development
  7.   Environmental law and regulations, net-zero and green industry
  8.   Climate change governance policies
  9.   Digital transformation
  10.   Management and business consulting
  11.   Public administration, corporate governance
  12.   Corporate social responsibility and corporate environmental liability
  13.   Sustainability and the law of corporate bankruptcy


International students who are self-funded are eligible to apply for a tuition fee discount of £2,000 per year.

Tuition Fees & Entry Requirements

The following fees are per year of study:


UK Students – £4,682


International Students – £15,000


International students who are self-funded are eligible to apply for a tuition fee discount of £2,000 per year.

You must hold a minimum qualification of:

MSc, MA, MBA or other relevant master’s degree.

Teaching and research take place solely in English, and you must demonstrate that your English language proficiency is at a level that will allow you to follow your intended programme successfully.

If English is not your first language, you must hold a qualification as evidence of your English language skills.

Full details of the qualifications we accept can be found here.

The UK Government approves certain English language qualifications as being Secure English Language Tests (SELT). These meet the government’s requirements for visa applications.

Al-Maktoum College will accept the following:

  • IELTS – 6.0 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component and 6.0 in writing) or equivalent
  • LanguageCert – B2 or equivalent

There is a 2-stage application process.

Stage 1:

  • Prepare your research proposal (6 – 8 pages minimum)
  • Send research proposal and CV to Dr Alaa Garad, Director of Academic Programmes at Al-Maktoum College:

You will be contacted with a decision on your research proposal. If your research proposal is accepted, proceed to Stage 2.

Stage 2:

  • Apply through the Al-Maktoum College application portal
  • Contact Dr Alaa Garad if you have any questions:
  • You can directly contact a potential supervisor from Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education or Abertay University.

Full entry requirement information can be found here.

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