Doctor of Philosophy in Commerce and Administration Course (PhD) – NQF L10

The Cranefield PhD is a research degree, in the domain of commerce and administration (including project, programme, portfolio and value chain management), awarded on the basis of a doctoral thesis. The PhD degree is an accredited NQF Level 10 qualification.

Payment Options:

Full or 2 part payments

Distance Learning:


Starting Date:

All year

Registration Closes:

7 days prior to starting date

Course Duration:

2-4 Years

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  • Accreditation and Certification

    The Cranefield Doctor of Philosophy degree is accredited at NQF level 10, with 360 credits, as reflected on the SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) website.

    The Cranefield PhD is accredited by the Council on Higher Education NQF level 10, with 360 credits, and registered by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

  • Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) entrance requirements

    When considering an application for registration for the PhD in Project Management degree, the Doctoral Selection Committee shall be guided by the following admission requirements:

    • An appropriate master’s degree; or
    • Recognition of prior learning (RPL) that results in a level of research and subject-matter competencies that may be regarded as comparable to master’s level and sufficient to complete doctoral studies successfully. The appropriate level could, for instance, be evidenced by research articles published in refereed journals. Provision above must be read with existing Cranefield RPL policies.
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I have definitely benefitted from my experience with Cranefield. When I completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management, I was a Project Manager at a bank. The course matter delivered by Prof Steyn and his colleagues equipped me with the knowledge and confidence to move across industries and I am now privileged to be the Operations Director of an organization which is leader in transport infrastructure.

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