International University in Geneva

The cohort based Doctorate Programs are collaboration between Plymouth University and IUG and are specifically designed so that participants can study while continuing to work full-time.

The DPA degree is awarded by Plymouth University, one of the UK’s most prominent and dynamic universities with an educational history dating back to 1862. The Sunday Times Guide 2011 has named Plymouth as one of the top three modern universities in the UK. IUG is an accredited academic institution specializing in business education and is ranked among the top ten Business Schools in Switzerland.



Why DBA and DPA?

DBA and DPAs are part time research based programs in business and public administration with the aim to prepare business managers and future leaders. These degrees are academically rigorous and provide practical professional qualification. They are designed to enable participants to synthesize and develop professional practice, theoretical understanding and reflexive capability.


Furthermore, participants will enhance their personal and professional development by fueling their research curiosity, learn the importance of critical thinking and decision making and prepare themselves to address the unique challenges and opportunities of today’s business and public policy environment.


Many of the students work full time while pursuing the DBA or DPA. These degrees whilst being equivalent in status and challenge to a PhD, are more appropriate to advance professional practice.



"My experience as a DPA student of the Plymouth University/IUG since 2011 has been incredibly remarkable. The professors are friendly and ever-cooperative in teaching and providing much valued feedback to the students. The six module structure provided by the Universities, is suitable for the rigorous standard of modern doctorate learning."

Kosmos Alasoka, Public Information Officer, World Meteorological Organization

  • Durée
    4-5 ans
  • Début des cours
  • Cours


  • The Doctorate of Public Administration is firmly grounded in the social sciences.
  • It offers experienced public sector professionals the broad remit of providing effective leadership to their organization in a governance and policy environment.
  • It facilitates the capacity to manage public resources cost-efficiently, cost-effectively and equitably.
Professor Kerry E. Howell Director of Research
University of Plymouth

Plymouth University

The University

The University

Plymouth University is one of the UK’s most prominent and dynamic universities with an educational history dating back to 1862. The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 named Plymouth as one of the top three universities in the United Kingdom.



Plymouth University has over 25’000 students and has a long record of high quality innovative research as demonstrated by its achievements in the RAE.

Scoring 4 stars

Scoring 4 stars

The university submitted twenty-five Units of Assessment in the 2008 RAE. The results show that the majority of research submitted by the university included world-leading research, achieving the highest rating possible - scoring 4 stars.

The Research

The Research

Overall, 80% of the research was judged as being of international repute. In the Research Fortnight research power league table, on the basis of the results of the 2008 RAE Plymouth has leapt 15 places to join the top 50 universities.

Détails du programme

The Program has two phases:


Phase 1: Theory and Research techniques (18-24 months)

Students will complete 6 compulsory modules, along with 6 assignments. Each module is delivered through a seminar. Five of these are held at IUG and one at Plymouth University. These seminars cover interaction between theory and practice, reflexive and reflective methodological approaches, data collection methods, competing paradigms of inquiry and data analysis techniques to conducting, writing up and publishing research to doctoral standards.

Each seminar is of 3 days duration (from Friday to Sunday). Attendance for the seminars is compulsory.

The successful completion of the 6 modules, with the help of assigned supervisors, will lead to the research proposal.


Phase 2: DBA/DPA research and thesis completion (24 months)

Participants who successfully complete Phase 1 will be to promoted to candidacy status and continue with their research, finally producing a thesis. This will be done under the guidance of assigned supervisors at Plymouth University. Attendance of conferences and doctoral symposia, where students can present their work and findings and receive support from faculty and fellow DBA candidates, will be encouraged.

Doctorate Timetable

Module Schedule

Module code Module title Teaching Block Dates
DOC8106 Developing Methodological Approaches and Dealing with Methods (Cohort 8&9) 29-31 March 2019
DOC8102 Reflective Practice, Reflexivity and Participatory Research (Cohort 9) 3-5 May 2019
  Doctorate Symposium (For all Cohorts) 4 May 2019
DOC8104 History and Philosophy of Business and the Social Sciences (Cohort 9) 3-5 April 2020
DOC8103 Identifying and Explaining Theory (Cohort 9) 3-5 July  2020
DOC8101 Induction and Introduction to Doctoral Study(Cohort 10) 2-4 Oct 2020
DOC8105 Understanding Paradigms of Inquiry (Cohort 10) 8-10 Jan 2021


Prérequis d'admission

Students applying to the DBA program must submit the following documents (ALL TOGETHER):

  • A completed application form
  • Scanned copies of transcripts and official degree certificates in English
  • Scanned copies of reference letters
  • English proficiency test: either IELTS (min score 6.5) or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE).
    IUG institutional code number is 0130
  • CV
  • Copy of valid passport
  • Two passport size photos
  • Proof of sponsorship (if appropriate)
  • a research proposal: see more information

A non-refundable application fee payable in Swiss Francs CHF 150.- (download here)


Tuition Breakdown

  Home / EU
(per year)
International & Islands
(per year)
Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) and Doctorate of Public Administration (DPA) per year 1-2
UK£ 12'810 UK£ 12'810
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA per year 3-5) and Doctor of Public Administration (DPA per year 3-4) UK£ 4'715 UK£ 4'715

Our current Doctoral Graduates

Name Award Date Research topic
Arzoo Syeddah 30/04/17 A Dialectical Discourse on Responsible Business Behaviour with Small Medium Enterprises: A Case Study of Pakistan
Erdem Erciyes 01/05/17 The Impact of Culture, Leadership and Power on Staff Motivation in the Context of International Organizations
Kosmos Akande-Alasoka 17/07/18 Communication Technology and Governance: The Case of Nigeria
Abdulla N Al Noaimi 28/10/18 The Relationship Between Culture, Manager's Leadership Styles and Employees' Motivation Level in a Bahraini Service Organization Environment
Reynatou Noma Mounkaila 11/02/19 Corporate Social Responsibility, Path Dependency and Cultural Difference: An Analysis of Equitable Health Insurance Schemes for Niger