The Doctor of Philosophy Educational Leadership at HBMSU Dubai prepares a new generation of highly qualified leaders to be responsive to the evolving educational market. This doctoral program prepares learners to critically examine the conceptual, organizational, political, social, managerial, interpersonal, and technical dimensions of schools and other educational institutions. Leadership is needed in every field, particularly in education where educators play an important role in shaping the minds and attitudes of young learners for the future.

Coursework emphasizes on critical analysis of contemporary problems of practice in collaborative study environments with professors, school administrators, and fellow doctoral learners. With this degree, graduates will be able to gain a variety of skills, including contemporary leadership practices, innovative thinking, change management, strategic planning, and educational finance and budgeting.

Course topics include Research Issues in Learning, Instructional Design Strategy, Quality Assurance in e-Learning and a seminar on Educational Leadership. It is the first Ph.D. program in the U.A.E. that combines HBMSU's unique blended learning model - a combination of online learning and physical classes (seminars). Ph.D. scholars will be able to take the program in any part of the world, through HBMSU's flagship interactive learning environment, the HBMSU Smart Campus, without affecting their schedule. 

An international advisory board of eminent scholars and practitioners has also been established to review the curricula, pedagogy, and technology used to deliver the courses on a regular basis to ensure highest possible standards. 

This program is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education’s Commission for Academic Accreditation.

The Ph.D. program at HBMSU can be taken as either a full or part-time program. The Ph.D. program duration is 3 years at HBMSU (maximum 5 years) while for a part-time program, the program duration is 4 years (maximum 6 years). For an overview of core units and electives you can study in this course, please see study plan.

Admission Requirements: The applicant must hold a Master's degree from an accredited university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 Scale or its established equivalent. A candidate for the Ph.D. program will be required to sit for a formal interview to evaluate his/her fitness for the Ph.D. program. For full admission requirements and language requirements, please see Doctorate Admission Requirements.

Target audience
The Ph.D. in Education is designed for those aiming to attain the highest degree one may earn in the field of education and wish to undertake policy and leadership roles at the elementary/secondary school levels as well as higher education.
Program Goals
To generate a critical understanding of multiple paradigms in contemporary research;
To prepare learners to create knowledge in academic disciplines;
To prepare learners to become scholars in a chosen field of study;
To enable learners to analyze knowledge-creation issues under dynamic conditions of the environment;
To prepare learners to be proficient in applying knowledge and finding scientific solutions for socio-economic problems,
To support learners in developing professional skills so that they can effectively communicate their research findings and engage in active international debates in their fields of study.
Program Outcomes
To be able to create and apply knowledge within and across academic and professional domains;
To be able to construct and test relevant research questions or hypotheses in order to conduct problem-solving research;
To use research acumen to generate and test innovative ideas for conducting research anchored in the value system of the Arab World;
To apply quantitative and qualitative tools of inquiry and analysis in research;
To be able to construct and synthesize inter-disciplinary strands of knowledge;
To use software packages in a creative manner in research endeavors;
To create an impact on society through scientific research.
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Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for Doctorate graduates include

  • Education policy maker
  • Chief learning officer
  • Chief academic officer
  • Educational consultant
  • Education lobbyist
  • University leadership
  • Education research
  • Corporate trainer
  • College dean/professor