Programme Curriculum

Kairos University conducts the doctoral research in four steps:

  • 1. Admission with IBR
  • 2. Creating a research proposal based on researchers' own innovative ideas
  • 3. Conducting the research
  • 4. Defending the doctoral dissertation and writing one scientific article appreciating the innovative value of the research outcomes



Step 1: Admission with IBR

  • Candidates have identified a potential research problem, which seems feasible and viable to tackle
  • Typically, they have three years working experience after having received a master’s degree
  • They have uploaded the required admission documents to the IBR website
  • Following complete admission, IBR enrols Global PhD researchers at Kairos University, the degree awarding university



Step 2: Creating a Research Proposal

The purpose of creating a research proposal is to listen objectively to researchers first and assist them in shaping innovative ideas. IBR adapts the development of the research proposal to each individual researcher with one-on-one meetings and academic deliberations in a group setting via web-conferencing.

The outcomes include an approved research proposal and a theoretical foundation within the context of human flourishing in appreciating anticipated research value in the format of an official publication. At the end of step 2, Global PhD researchers are well prepared to meet their personal and vocational research mentors and start the research process.



Step 3: Conducting research

Together with their research mentors, Global PhD researchers agree on a workplan and contact frequencies. This workplan will be revised as the research project proceeds.

To facilitate the research project, the university‘s research mentors are approachable, responsible, and available. They regularly offer quality feedback, and support researchers. In this process it is important that the researchers take the initiative. It is their project, and it starts with them. If things are not going well, researchers contact their personal mentors without delay

Step 3 concludes with the submission the doctoral thesis for proof reading, a technical requirement evaluation and a quality check and the sign-off followed by formal submission for examination.



Step 4: Final Defence and Scientific Publication

Global PhD researchers register for a final examination consisting of a third-party external examiner evaluation, the evaluation of the personal mentor or faculty mentor, the presentation of research in a formal colloquium, and the final sanction by the IBR examination committee.

Following the final examination, Global PhD researchers publish an official research paper on research process outcomes, and/or mitigation of the research gap by appreciating generated value within a personal and social context, a scientific and industry specific context, including also possible ethical considerations.