European Professional Doctorate

180 ECTS
Awarded By:
Rushford Business School, Switzerland
Program Overview

The European Professional Doctorate (EPD-EU), conducted in collaboration with Maverick Business Academy, London is a uniquely tailored practice-based program for owners, entrepreneurs, and top-level senior managers positioned at a CEO and Director levels working within a Global Business Environmental Context. This qualification functions academically equivalent level to a traditional Ph.D. in the business landscape. EPD-EU is our trademark in-house developed Flagship Concept of Recognizing the achievement of Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Industrialists, Academicians, Philanthropists & Senior Level Management Executives around the Globe and Conferring them with appropriate and accredited Professional Qualifications. This is a doctoral-level degree for experienced professionals who want to translate their industry expertise into a higher position of credibility, leadership, and influence in their profession. The nominated EPD-EU candidates usually take an existing concept or problem in their industry, conduct the research and recommend proposals or solutions. This can have a significant social and economic impact.

Those doing a professional doctorate are encouraged to look at their own practice and context and to draw their research question from it. They are expected to articulate and critically interrogate their own professional knowledge. This is not the sole source of knowledge they work with of course, as they also draw on relevant scholarly literature. The research that is done in a professional doctorate is intended to be relevant and of interest and use to other professionals and therefore to advance professional practice and its knowledge base. Through bringing professional problems, knowledge and insider informed research into conversation with scholarly knowledge a contribution to scholarly knowledge is also made.

The European Professional Doctorate is designed to recognize the achievements in one’s professional journey, an extraordinary contribution to society, or exceptional intellectual or artistic achievement. The recipients are carefully selected by the Board of the Rushford Business School Switzerland after a very diligent examination of the grounds for their nominations and submission of their doctoral portfolio works. The ability to present doctoral work in a portfolio as opposed to a dissertation presents an opportunity for professional doctorate candidates to step outside the boundaries presented by the traditional research writing framework.

Next Start Date:
01 May 2024
25 Apr 2024
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Program Curriculum
Courses Overview

The Rushford EPD is an exhaustive doctoral-level experience that takes candidates through an exciting journey of self-reflection and learning. The program is designed to allow candidates to bring all their prior experience, knowledge, and skills and consolidate it with an applied learning approach that enables them to develop a doctoral portfolio. The following courses/modules will need to be completed by candidates:

DPROF 300 Personal and Professional Review

To develop an in-depth view of the trajectory of a career, capacity, and preferences for learning as well as gaining deeper insights in own beliefs, actions, and preferences.

DPROF 301 Designing Practitioner Research

Introduces a comprehensive range of methods for an effective workplace investigation.

DPROF 302 Negotiated Experiential Learning

Enable to carry out a workplace project using a recognized method.

DPROF 303 Practitioner Enquiry at Doctoral Level

Enables to formulate a detailed proposal for a Doctoral research project(s) by engaging with research methods at a deeper level.

DPROF 304 Minor and Major Practitioner Research Project

Discrete research projects that will be a substantial and original contribution to organizational and professional knowledge.

Rushford maintains very high standards for students who enter our academic programs. For the EPD-EU program, the following criteria need to be met before admission is offered to a prospective candidate.

Entry Requirements/Admissions Criteria

  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for direct entry.
  • Relevant Masters or Bachelors Qualification.
  • An entrepreneur who has a well-established setup over a min period of 5 years
  • A philanthropist who has made tangible contributions to society
  • Has held a senior role for one or more reputed organizations for at least 15 years
  • Four Referee letters from employers, shareholders, board members, or any other relevant stakeholders from current and/or previous organizations of involvement

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Career Support

All students at Rushford Business School are provided career support in the form of resume development, interview preparation, job search guidance etc.

Application Tracking

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Real World Simulations

Various courses are accompanied by simulations in which you are given a situation that you must resolve based on what you learnt in the program and your experience. There are usually no right or wrong answers in simulations. They are to make you understand how a situation may unfold in the real world and prepare you to make the right decisions.

Personality Assessment

As an incoming student at Rushford you will undergo a personality assessment using a validated tool for MBTI® (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) to help you unlock the potential of personal growth. It is a groundbreaking framework that empowers you to hone your skills, identify strengths and differences, and lay the groundwork for an enriching journey of self improvement.

Networking Events

We understand the importance of networking in building a successful career. That's why we offer a range of networking events to help our students connect with industry professionals and build the relationships that can lead to new opportunities.

People & Tech Skills

Both people and technology skills are essential for success in today's world. We have entered in a new era of business and management wherein the paradigm of interaction between people and machines is changing and evolving at a rapid pace. What was relevant 5 years ago is not as relevant today. At Rushford, we offer you an ungraded skillset of both people skills and technology skills so that you can better appreciate how to operate in this new paradigm and be prepared for the landscape change that is inevitable in the coming years.