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Dr. Univ. in Individual Studies

What Is an Individual Studies Degree?

Individual Studies may be right for you. An Individualised Studies concentration is a special interdisciplinary major designed by an individual student in a unique programme.

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Individual Studies provides space for critical thinking and engaged enquiry within and across conventional disciplinary and professional boundaries, a place for intellectually curious, reflective, and highly self-directed students. The programme is a major commitment, based on an Individualised Learning Plan outlining the rationale, learning goals, and coursework.

Professionals wishing to apply their college credits toward the completion of a degree in a specific field can do so in this programme, allowing students to transfer their completed college credits and professional qualifications to their degree programme. The rationale for individual studies is to develop professionalism, develop awareness, enhance methodology and knowledge of the profession. A student identifies an area to undertake research with expertise in that field of Individual Study.

Universidad Azteca Individual Studies is interdisciplinary in focus on postgraduate academic skills development in professional practice as defined by the Mexican and European Qualifications Framework (MMC, EQF) Level 7 (Masters Degree) and Level 8 (Doctoral Degree). Individual Studies provides a space for critical thinking and engaged enquiry within and across conventional disciplinary and professional boundaries.

The Universidad Azteca degree in Individual Studies is a postgraduate degree awarded in various disciplines and concentrations, interdisciplinary and tending to be focused toward meeting the needs of professionals rather than academics and tailored for specific groups of working professionals with well-defined needs for advanced degree coursework, conducting projects and writing papers in combination with student research for the advanced individual research degree.

These degree programmes offer flexible schedules with a diverse curriculum centered on technical and practical training, students are assisted to develop competence in subject knowledge, subject application, which will enable them to work effectively in the variety of contexts they will encounter during their careers.


TYPE: Universidad Azteca internal award, university own programme acc. Art. 59 General Law of Education.
LEVEL: Third cycle, level 8 MMC university own award.


AWARDING UNIVERSITY: Universidad Azteca, Chalco, Mexico.

UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT IN EUROPE: Universidad Azteca European Programmes.

TARGET GROUP: Doctoral students interested in credit transfer from doctoral study or Level 8 EQF courses in one of the following disciplines to Universidad Azteca pursuing the completion of the doctoral programme by thesis / professional doctorate examination.

SPECIALISATION: Advanced studies at level 8 MMC (EQF)


  • Industrial Engineering
  • Health and Nursing Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Technology
  • Social and Economic Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Educational Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Environmental Sciences

STUDY LANGUAGE: English, German, Spanish

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT: Master or equivalent degree and postgraduate coursework or qualifications for credit transfer to the programme or research experience.

Modality and Course Team

MODALITY: e-learning and distance education modality.
COURSE TEAM: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Berchtold, Prof. Dr. Friedrich Luhan, Prof. Dr. Ricardo Saavedra Hidalgo, Prof. Dr. Felipe Fernández Rivadulla, Prof. Dr. Endler.

Study Plan

Transfer credits – Elective coursesTest modeECTS
Transfer from MPhil doctoral programme/ level 8 EQFCredits TransferUp to 102
Electives from doctoral programme of Universidad AztecaExaminationDifference to 102
Mandatory Science Module Test modeECTS
Research ProjectPresentation18
Thesis / Rigorosum Examination Test modeECTS
Thesis in the discipline specialisationWritten thesis presentation and defense60
ECTSDefence / Rigorosum180

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