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A Doctor of philosophy is one of the highest academic degrees. The main objective of doing a PhD is to become a competent academic, researcher or practitioner in one’s own chosen field. While Leeds Beckett University pursues world-class research, at Rushmore Business School, we provide professional and self-motivated individuals with the skills to explore their chosen subject to its limits. Pursuing a Leeds Beckett University PhD involves three years of research supported by subject-specific skills training.

Features of the Programme

This programme has been designed to meet the following aims:

  1. Three years
  2. Supervision by respective school from Leeds Beckett University
  3. Additional local supervision, administrative and logistics support from Rushmore Business School.
  4. Access to University on-line resources through VLE,on-line research training, academic databases, etc.
  5. PhD awarded by Leeds Beckett University.


PhD Programme

The proposed programme has a distinct feature where students have to spend 8 weeks in Leeds during the first year of study. Students will have the opportunity to meet their supervisors and attend research seminars. This should promote the successful completion of the programme as it is an effective indicator of successful completion within a time frame of 3 years.



All applicants will be subject to the University’s standard entry criteria for the award of PhD. Entry requirements are normally an appropriate Masters Degree from the UK or one that is recognised by the University as equivalent. Applicants with non-standard qualifications will be judged on their merits.



All candidates admitted under the proposed arrangement will attend a compulsory induction session at Rushmore Business School and are welcome to attend the Leeds Beckett induction in the UK.



Supervision will be provided by an appropriately qualified and experienced team of academic staff. All candidates will be provided with a Supervisor who is a member of Leeds Beckett staff. The University will also seek to appoint an additional ‘in-country’ supervisor for each candidate. All members of a supervisory team will be appointed subject to the University’s standard regulations, criteria and procedures for the appointment of supervisory teams. Supervision will take place in the standard way as for other PhD distance learners (such as telephone conferencing / video-link / email contact / online discussion).


Annual Progression

All candidates will be subject to the standard University regulations and procedures for Annual Progression. The Annual Progression meeting / presentation may take place through video link in Mauritius.


Attendance at Leeds Beckett University (UK)

All doctoral students will have to spend a minimum of two months at the University during the course of their studies. This will normally be in the first year of studies and is compulsory.



All candidates will be subject to the standard university regulations and procedures in respect of the examination of a PhD award. All viva-voce examinations will take place in Leeds.



All candidates will be invited to graduate in Leeds at a scheduled University graduation ceremony.


PhD Application Form


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