Dual-qualification Doctor of Philosophy in Education

The Dual Degree Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Innovation PedagogyDual Doctoral Degree from France and Switzerland

With the rapid change of world education, especially in technology application, distance learning, multicultural education environment… Education managers and leaders focuses on knowledge-intensive research not only in teaching and learning but also management and Education quality management knowledge.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education and Innovation Pedagogy with a dual-qualification program from SIMI that combines the world’s best pedagogy from France and the innovation pedagogy system from Switzerland’s leading educational environment.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Innovation Pedagogy is a programme consists of 120 ECTS credits (240 EU credits). Upon graduation, fellows will contemporaneously receive 2 Doctoral degrees:

  • OTHM Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice from Ofqual UK.Gov Awarding Body OTHM
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education and Innovation Pedagogy from SIMI Swiss.

The distinction in accreditation and recognition:

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in one of 17 Majors is a dual-qualification program, a collaboration between the national UK level training system of OTHM and the Swiss Information and Management Institute (SIMI). Both organisations have achieved accreditations and recognition for the institution and programmatic.

  • SIMI is fully accredited by ASIC (Accreditation Service for International Schools, University and Colleges) at the highest Premier Institute level. The PhD in Majors program is accredited by OTHM, a Level awarding organisation that is accredited by Ofqual.
  • OTHM is the UK’s Level Awarding Organisation, accredited and recognized by Ofqual UK.

The distinction in learning method:

The student can provide flexible learning opportunities with various the learning method:

  • Full time
  • Hybrid learning (Live class + the local tutor support in local workshop)

The distinction in the student affairs system:

  • The Learning Management System
  • Institution Management System
  • Original E-book in each module
  • E-library
  • Internship support system (for full-time)

The distinction in qualifications:

  • Doctor Degree according to UK National Qualifications Framework: OTHM Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice
  • Doctor Degree from SIMI: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education and Innovation Pedagogy

Graduating from the dual degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education and Innovation Pedagogy programme, the learner could:


  • Developing dialectical thinking, research capacity in-depth and specialized knowledge for each area of ​​the educational environment and educational management (through specialised education subjects at the doctoral level).
  • Understanding how to apply findings from research into your politics, educational institutions and the education sector,
  • Understanding how to refine and form new theoretical and applied bases to lectures if the research learners are lecturers specialised in pedagogy.
  • Understanding the scientific research method as the foundation to form the research for your organisation and education sector.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational Management and Innovation Pedagogyconsists of 120 credits according to the ECTS system (equivalent to 240 European credits) with 5 subjects and 1 doctoral thesis.

Mandatory Units:

  • Understanding Learning and Learners
  • Creating A Conducive Learning Environment
  • Managing and Leading Digital Education
  • Leadership and Organisation Transformation
  • Education Research and Methodology

Dissertation (60 credits)

  • Thesis and Defend Thesis 60 credits

Duration and Learning method:

  • The programme takes a minimum period of 2 years and up to 5 years.
  • The Dual degree Doctoral in Business Administration with 17 majors is designed to be studied full-time in Switzerland or
  • Hybrid Learning model with local partners at SIMI’s international campuses

Assessment and Verification:

All modules and doctoral dissertation of the dual degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education and Innovation Pedagogy programme are assessed by SIMI and the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation UK. Learners must demonstrate mastery of knowledge and attainment of competencies described in detail in the programme’s Syllabus.

Entry requirements

To enrol the Dual degree Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Innovation Pedagogy, the learner must possess:

  • Graduated with a Master’s degree from an accredited university or achieved a Level 7 Diploma according to the European Qualifications
  • For a degree from non-recognized universities; The learner should have followed the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)policy of SIMI.
  • Learners must be over 24 years old.

SIMI reserves the highest decision-making power for admission whether to accept or not accept after a specific review of each candidate’s profile to ensure that they can comprehend and gain benefits when participating.

For the fake university or the diploma mills, SIMI shall not be accepted.

English requirements

If a learner is not from a predominantly English speaking country, proof of English language proficiency must be provided.

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2 or equivalent
  • Or A minimum TOEFL score of 101 or IELTS 6.5; Reading and Writing must be at 6.5 or equivalent

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Innovation Pedagogy with a dual degree programme is an accredited programme by both Horizons University France and Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation (SIMI)

After completing the programme, a learner will receive:

  • Doctor Degree from Horizons University France: Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • Doctor Degree from SIMI Swiss: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education and Innovation Pedagogy

SIMI Switzerland is accredited at the Institution level by the ASIC and Programmatic level by Ofqual’s. The Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Innovation Pedagogy with Dual Degree programme possesses both the prestigious of the SIMI and the Horizons University France accreditation system.

The programmes are strictly accredited by prestigious organisations; then, the graduated learner confidence participates in the labour market or/and easy learning connected to prestigious and equivalent educational systems

For more information about SIMI Switzerland recognisation and accreditation, please refer to Here

Accreditations and Recognitions of Horizons University, France
Ministry of Education, France
Horizons University is approved and legally authorized by the Ministry of Education of France to provide post-secondary education (Registration ID : 0451674A)
Paris Regional Professional Training Control Department
Horizons University is registered and authorized to provide professional training both in France and overseas (Reference ID : 11752996775)
Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP)
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs is a U.S.-based entity accrediting business programs focused on teaching and learning. ACBSP is a recognized accrediting by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA), a U.S.-based national organization recognizing degree-granting colleges and universities.
European Council for Business Education (ECBE)
ECBE is an accreditation body headquartered in Belgium that accredits higher education programs across Europe to ensure excellence in business education and teaching. All Horizons University’s BBA, MBA, and DBA degrees are accredited by ECBE.
European Association for Distance Learning (EADL)
Horizons University is a member of EADL. EADL represents European organizations offering high quality and educationally sound distance learning
CHEA - Council for Higher Education Accreditation
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is a U.S.-based organization of degree-granting colleges and universities. It identifies its purpose as providing national advocacy for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation in order to certify the quality of higher education accrediting organizations, including regional, faith-based, private, career, and programmatic accrediting organizations. CHEA carries out periodic review (“recognition”) of institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.
Accreditation for International Schools, Colleges, & Universities, ASIC, UK
ASIC is an independent, government-approved accreditation body specializing in the accreditation of schools, colleges, universities, training organizations, online and distance education providers, both in the UK and overseas. ASIC accreditation is recognized by the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI), part of the Home Office. Horizons University is an accredited Institution by ASIC
ATHEA - Institutional Member
The Association for Transnational Higher Education Accreditation (ATHEA) is a voluntary, non-governmental membership association dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Accreditation by the Board of Commissioners instills public confidence in the institutional mission, goals, performance, and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement of those standards. ATHEA’s Standards for Accreditation are based on the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG) required for recognition by the European Quality Assurance Register in Higher Education (EQAR). Horizons University is a founding member of ATHEA.
FEDE – Horizons University is a member of FEDE, the European School Federation
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