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.
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
Following three payment plans are available. You may choose either one during the application process.
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.
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