PHD BY portfolio:
If you are a busy executive with no time for studying, THIS is for you


A PhD by portfolio can be completed within one year. The award enables candidates to obtain academic recognition for pre existing research, comprehensive research skills and subject knowledge that meets a doctoral level.

The programme is completed remotely, suitable for hard working executives who cannot afford to take time away from work.

A PhD by portfolio will provide an opportunity to gain a competitive advantage in today’s workforce and the confidence to further career prospects. It will enhance key business skills and make it possible to achieve professional and personal goals.

Online delivery

Practical learning, projects, and learning through research.

Flexible programme

All programs are totally flexible and can be started at any time. Work at your own pace.

Support 24/7

Our support team is available every day to make sure that your education runs smoothly.  

Course Fees

Application fee : € 100 (non-refundable) and Administrative fees: € 100 (paid on acceptance)
Tuition Fees : € 7,490 per year.

Discounts available for payments made in full prior to commencing the programme.

Teaching methodologies

The main teaching and learning methods at SSBR includes virtual classroom lectures, webinars and tutorials, practical learning, projects, and learning through research.

Assessment and verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.


Accreditation is vital for ensuring our academic excellence and global recognition. SSBR is dedicated to providing high-quality, relevant programmes, particularly our “PhD by Portfolio,” designed for professionals to complete remotely within a year, allowing for academic recognition of their expertise and research.

We hold accreditations from prominent bodies including the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges, and Universities (ASIC), recognised globally and part of networks such as CHEA in the USA and ENQA in Europe. SSBR is also accredited by the International Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (QAHE), authorised by the Canton of Zurich, and is a certified OTHM learning centre, facilitating further academic and professional recognition.

For a comprehensive list of our accreditations and memberships, please visit our website: SSBR Accreditations and Memberships.


Flexible courses to fit around your busy schedule

Highly qualified and experienced professors available to help you get the qualification you deserve.


The PhD by portfolio programme is a fast track programme that takes place entirely ONLINE. Students can complete the programme within 1 academic year, to gain a Swiss quality doctorate degree. The programme has 240 ECTS (European Transfer Credit System).

Our PhD students are guided throughout the entire programme by a business mentor, working to complete 3 research-based projects.

Course Breakdown
3 projects to be completed normally in 1 year, but can be extended.

Project 1 – Leadership and Strategic Management

Project 2 – Problem Solving and Decision Making

Project 3 – Specialist Area (Finance, HR, Marketing, Management, Operations, Accounting)

Each project is worth 80 ECTS credits.





  • To demonstrate the knowledge of the most advanced frontiers of a field of work
  • To evidence the most advanced and specialised skills and techniques including synthesis and evaluation, required to solve critical business problems and to extend or redefine professional practice
  • To develop new ideas or processes at the forefront of work
  • To deliver substantial authority, innovation, authority and professional integrity
Admissions Requirements


Master’s degree or equivalent, preferably in a related field
IELTS 6.0 / TOEFL 75 (official English exam results) or proof of studying previously in an English-speaking environment for a minimum of 2 years.
Scanned copy of all required academic diplomas, transcripts, certificates
Extensive previous business/professional experience
Photocopy of a valid passport/national ID
Reference letters from a former academic institution or from current employer (if applicable)
Students will have to receive employer approval to participate*

*Research Material Confidentiality

ALL INFORMATION WILL BE TREATED IN THE STRICTEST CONFIDENCE. Only the researcher involved in the project, their supervisor and head of the research department of SSBR will have access to the information in the research. All information will be stored in compliance with SSBR guidelines. Confidentiality of information provided is subject to legal restrictions. We need to retain your name on this research so we can match this across to other data we have on the students assignments. Data will be kept to provide on-going information on the topic. Publication on any sensitive information will only be done with the full permission of the author and company involved, or the name of the company will not be mentioned. This information will not be used for purposes other than that mentioned, will not be delivered to third parties, in accordance with the data protection principles of the Swiss Data Protection Act 2020 (DPA).


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Our organization is classed as a Business School, distinguishing its status from that of a standard university. As such, Swiss School of Business Research is not beholden to regulations imposed by the Swiss Higher Education Act (HEdA) and not listed on Swissuniversities’ list of accredited higher education institutions therefore the School is free to provide higher education and confer private degrees, from bachelor’s to doctorate levels.

Validity of degrees issued by private institutions in Switzerland

While higher education in Switzerland is primarily dispensed by public institutions, there are also many private ones. In Switzerland no prior authorisation is required in order to offer higher education courses, organise examinations or issue private degrees. In certain cases, however, the federal or cantonal authorities, depending on their respective area of authority, will supervise private institutions and/or authorise them to offer courses and issue degrees.

Private institutions based in Switzerland that are not accredited under the HEdA may only issue private degrees. Such degrees:
– may be used by the holder to carry out an unregulated profession; appreciation of the value of private degrees is left up to employers.
Generally speaking, there are no international agreements protecting the value of private degrees; in all cases, it is up to the national authorities in the host country to decide whether to recognise foreign qualifications. Private institutions are able to legitimately carry out their activities in Switzerland by virtue of the principle of economic freedom.*SSBR is authorised by the Canton of Zurich for the provision of quality standards in adult education so the lessons comply with the cantonal regulations.

The Canton of Zurich authorizes SSBR to issue bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees.

* From the State Secretariat for Education and Research SER Directorate
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