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Doctor of the University by Thesis (PhD)

The PhD is a research doctorate, requiring course-work beyond the Master´s level plus research and dissertation contributing to theory or practice in relation to the discipline as well as to development of professional practice by contributing to field-specific knowledge and hence impact practice beyond research.

The Doctor of the University by Thesis is awarded to candidates who have earned an MPhil or comparable postgraduate degree for admission and demonstrate their ability to submit an independent research dissertation in any of the study areas the university is offering.

The format and requirements are equivalent to a PhD programme.

After completion of coursework, examinations and written research the thesis (dissertation or comprehensive project report) is defended by the candidate before the panel of examiners.

The total workload of the doctorate corresponds with equivalence of three years of study or 180 ECTS credits.

Students must focus on a specialisation or interdisciplinary research. The study area must be offered by Universidad Azteca.

THESIS: Two hardcopies of a thesis must be shipped to University Librarian.


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 doctoral study in one of the disciplines offered by Universidad Azteca pursuing the completion of the doctoral programme by thesis / doctorate examination.

SPECIALISATION: Universidad Azteca studies at level 8 MMC (EQF)

DISCIPLINES: Disciplines offered by Universidad Azteca.

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 mode ECTS
Transfer from MPhil doctoral programme/ level 8 EQFCredits Transfer60
Mandatory Science ModuleTest modeECTS
Research ProjectPresentation18
Thesis / Rigorosum ExaminationTest modeECTS
Thesis in the discipline specialisationWritten thesis presentation and defense102
ECTSDefence / Rigorosum180

Qualification: Level 8 of Mexican Qualifications Framework MMC

Mexican Qualifications Framework


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