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Ph.D. / Doctorate in Project Management

(PHDBG) Ph.D. / Doctorate in Business Management


2.5 years (normal time)

Credits are used for accounting purposes



Study Mode


On-Campus (bespoke)


Johannesburg. South Africa

Swakopmund, Namibia

Houston, Texas, USA

(only for bespoke pre-booked courses)

Credits Required

24 Credits

Statement of Intent (SOI) is required

Develop SOI during the first three months






Course Specific Details

Do you have a strong desire to conduct research? The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Project Management is a research degree that prepares you to be an accomplished researcher in your prior field of study.

It is necessary to have a Master’s degree. Because of our active learning process and learning structure, it is one of the quickest Master’s degrees available.

A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Project Management allows you to make a significant and innovative contribution to the field of Project Management.

PCiBS helps you finish your Ph.D. by guiding you through the statement of intent process and assisting you in finding a supervisor.


Obtain a top-tier position in one of the following industries:







OIL and GAS,



and other related fields are included (too many to list).


Jobs in the project management discipline are increasing as a result of the expansion of industries.

Levels of Educational Qualification

Using the educational services provided by PCiBS, students can earn qualifications from international affiliated and accredited universities that are recognized by a national qualification framework (NQF) that is divided into levels. The European qualification levels are from level 0 to level 08.

  • Courses (Various Levels),
  • Post-graduate certificates (Level 08/9),
  • Post-graduate Diploma (Level 08/9),
  • Masters (Level 09), and
  • Ph.D.’s (Level 10).


All courses require students to earn a passing grade by achieving a predetermined percentage on their exams in order to demonstrate their ability to perform as competitive individuals in the workplace. Individuals who are performance-based are evaluated on their ability to participate in a lecture and practical simulations (live) of various projects that are incorporated into each of the Program’s curriculums.


Admission requirements for Doctoral Programme:
  • Any recognized Master’s Degree or its equivalent.
  • Completed previous education in an English medium.
  • Minimum of 6 years of professional experience in the field of the PhD specialization.
  • Education qualification documents.
  • One passport-size photo.
  • Passport copy / national ID card certified / notarized.
  • Current Resume / C.V attached.
  • A portfolio of published materials.
  • Statement of intent for the study.
  • All non-English documents must have a certified and evaluated English translation attached to the application.

All PCiBS’ programs are conducted in English and all correspondence will be in English.

Program Tuition Fees

We have a Limited Time Offer!

Applications need a Statement of Intent

Other Study Options

Additional Information

(PHDPM) Ph.D. / Doctorate in Project Management

The following advanced project management subjects form part of the online Ph.D. / Doctorate in project management degree. The subjects listed below require students to engage in developing their research in the following areas. The focus will be on an online Ph.D. / Doctorate in project management degree. Six of these subjects must be taken to enable students to complete their definition of a research problem for the Doctorate in Project Management Degree. A huge focus is given for specialization in our online Ph.D. / Doctorate project controls degree majors.

Subject details and topics – a total of 24 credits are required to complete an online Ph.D. / Doctorate in Project Management degree

Year 1 & the 6 credits will be allocated towards defining the research problem. Year 2 & 3  forms part of dissertation & research.

PCiBS-MGT-520 Methods for Sustainable Development  
This course discusses the sustainability in projects. We look at what the Project Management Profession in their portfolio, program and multiple projects do to engage their teams to focus on sustainability. Project management must consider the economic, environmental and social aspects of the project life-cycle with its resources, processes and required deliverables.  The sustainable benefits of projects must transparent, fair and ethical with proactive stakeholder participation. To achieve this, proper planning, monitoring and controlling of project delivery and their various support processes must be performed. This course will show you how to develop objectives and plans for sustainability, plus put them into practice. Projects need to go “green” and be environmentally friendly. Sustainability has a few focus areas such as: good health and wellbeing; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; innovation; climate action; life below water and life on land. It also touches on human rights; labor practices; the environment; fair operating practices; consumer issues; community involvement and engagement.
PCiBS-MGT-528 Project Management Fundamentals
This course deals with the basic principles of project management and introduces the students to the project management discipline. It focuses on the basic requirements of setting up projects. It focuses on managing portfolios, a program and multiple projects for project management companies. The course follows a structured manner and allows students to develop their competencies for the specific discipline in question. The main aim of the course in to demonstrate proficiency in this discipline to ensure that the student can be a valuable asset to any project that they are involved with.
The course Introduces Project management concepts; needs identification; the project life cycles; the project manager and the project team; types of project organisations; project communication and document control. Estimating, Costing and Planning and control: planning, scheduling and schedule control of projects; resource considerations and allocations; cost planning and performance evaluation. It focuses on Risks, procurement, human resources, quality, communication, stakeholders and integration management.
PCiBS-MGT-534 Project Leadership  
This course analyzes diverse sectors of project management leadership, the team’s performance, the team activity, and range of organizational behaviors; groups and teams effectiveness and various topics related to project teams. Project teams comprise of various job sectors, job descriptions and divisions in organizations. This course explores the roles of project team members from project initiation to completion (cradle to grave). An overview of leadership on teams (groups);  organizational team leadership is provided in organizational structures whilst managing culture differences. The course also addresses team conflict; motivation; performance; managing individual and team behavior, plus the management of company strategies. We also discuss the manager as a person; leadership making decisions and organizational structures and their performance and effectiveness.
PCiBS-MGT-536 Project Change Management  
This course discusses advanced Project Controls & Project Management concepts; life-cycles of projects; portfolios, program and projects differences; scope management and change control; integration of various breakdown structures and data sets. We focus on change management and the role of the project controls manager; the portfolio / program / project manager, project controls team and other project team members; the role of project controls. Controlling performance measurement in respect to change management on projects with project controls. The use of planning, costing, estimating, administration and document control to manage change control at portfolio, program and projects level. The various processes and methods of monitoring and controlling changes at portfolio, program and project level. Contracting, managing claims and disputes through project-based change management. Change control and its importance will be discussed, plus managing change and controlling change at project level through the project monitoring and control activities. The importance of documentation in change management of projects and contracts.
PCiBS-MGT-538 Project Programme & Portfolio Management  
This course discusses principles of project management and introduces the students to the project management discipline. It focuses on the requirements of setting up projects. The course builds on the use of project management and how portfolios, a program and multiple projects benefit from this type of management style.  It discusses concepts; life cycles; project teams; communication and document control. It covers estimating, Costing and Planning and control thereof and focuses on risks, procurement, human resources, quality, communication, stakeholders and integration management.
PCiBS-MGT-556 Strategic Management  
This course enables you to gain a detailed knowledge of strategic management. The course covers the concept of strategy and strategic management. It also discusses internal and external strategy and the application of strategy solutions to all aspects of business. Strategic management forms part of the business, corporate and international environment, where the strategy is about competing now and in the future of any organization. We focus on understanding the dynamics of competition; changing industry factors; ethics and governance and the strategic positioning of companies. Develop an understanding of strategy formulation, how to gain the competitive advantage in the marketplace and using thought leadership and thinking strategically. We discuss the planning and management of a phase of the strategic management plan. The course addresses these different phases and how to respond to them in the course. Current leadership and management must be creative and innovative to stay ahead of the pack. Corporations and companies need competent and skilled individuals to manage strategically. This course discusses your current knowledge of strategic issues and problems facing global organisations. The useful strategic skills this course will provide, can be applied within any organization.
PhD / Doctorate Degree – proposed pathway
Year 1 Define a research project / problem
in Project Management
Year 2 Research the project / problem
in Project Management
in Project Management
Year 3 Dissertation and Defense
in Project Management