Assignments, Projects and Case Studies

Delivery Mode

Online, Hybrid and Part time


UK and Globally accredited


Girne American University PhD study is expected to take a minimum of four years. The first year of the program consists of intensive formal course work that prepares the student for his own research. Upon completion of the course work, an individual student research thesis program is assigned based on approved topics in the field of study and in-line with the priorities of the University. As a part of the program requirements, participants publish their research in an international refereed journal.

On entry you must have the following:

  • 10 years work experience with 5 years or more in managerial level with relevant Masters degree – either an MBA or an MSc in their respective fields of study.
  • If English is not your first language and if you have not studied in English for your Masters degree, you must also provide evidence of competence in English language in the form of an IELTS/TOEFL score.

Established in 1985 GIRNE American University (GAU) was the first University of Cyprus, started out small with seven students has grown into a diversified university, with over 18,000 diverse multicultural students from 100+ different countries studying as of date. It is Ranked #1 in Kyrenia, #8th in Cyprus & Features in the Top 26% Universities Globally.

The accreditation and the international membership that GIRNE offers is one of its Outstanding features. GIRNE American University is accredited & validated by The Higher Education Planning, Evaluation, Accreditation and Coordination Council of North Cyprus – YODAK along with The Council of Higher Education of Turkey – YOK, Listed on WHED, one of the elite institutions in the world to be a full-fledged member of the IAU & UNESCO Listed and WES Approved. The University is recognized in the United Kingdom by the National Recognition Information Centre – UK NARIC.

The List of Accrediting bodies also includes International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education – IACBE, European Council for Business Education – ECBE, The United Nations World Tourism Organization and earned the Ted Qual – UNWTO, Accreditation Agency for Degree Programs in Engineering, Informatics, the Natural Sciences and Mathematics – ASIIN. The European Association for Quality Language Services – EAQUALS.

With 30+ Specializations and International Recognition & Presence it promises WES Canada / USA equivalent Qualifications and Globally Relevant Qualifications with emphasis on Continuous Professional Development. It also offers access to their Strong Alumni & Business Community Worldwide.


STAGE 1 – Introduction to PhD Research

Module one considers some of the more practical fundamentals of PhD research.

This module is divided into four units:

  • Introduction
  • Unit One: Introduction to PhD Research
  • Unit Two: Bibliographic Sources for PhD Research
  • Unit Three: The Ethics of Social Research
  • Unit Four: Writing for Social Scientists
  • References and Reading

STAGE 2 – Quantitative Methods and Analysis

The overall aim of this module is to introduce candidates to the techniques of quantitative research and to discuss issues relating to quantitative research design, implementation and quantitative data analysis.

  • Introduction
  • Unit One: Quantitative Research Design
  • Unit Two: The Secondary Analysis of Quantitative Data
  • Unit Three: Quantitative Data Analysis
  • References and Reading
  • Data sets

STAGE 3 – Qualitative Methods and Analysis

The aim of this module is to provide a thorough introduction to all aspects of qualitative research. Throughout the module we have endeavoured to offer practical examples of how the techniques are used in actual research projects.

  • Introduction
  • Unit One: Approaching Qualitative Research
  • Unit Two: Exploring and Presenting Qualitative Data
  • References and Reading

STAGE 4 – Final Dissertation submission with viva. (Min word limit of 60,000 words)

FULL AWARD: The PhD will be awarded when you have successfully passed all components.

Duration: The programme is designed to be delivered over four academic years for full-time, but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time learning.

Delivery Method: You will receive online support  including lectures, group discussions in seminars and tutorials for Stages 1 & 2 With stage 3 & 4 only involving supervision of dissertation and thesis defence (viva).

The PhD is considered as the epitome of academic qualifications with graduates assuming ever more senior roles in corporations and governments.

Starts Rotational Intake

Duration 4 years

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