A doctorate is the highest level of academic degree in most fields. Typically, a doctorate takes four years to complete and involves creating new knowledge or applying existing knowledge in a new way.

At the IZU, a doctoral candidate is typically mentored by one or more academic supervisors. Supervisors help her/him benefit from research and produce a solid original thesis at the end of the study.

To earn a doctoral degree, it is necessary to:

  • Attain and understand a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of their discipline or area of professional practice.
  • Conceptualise, design and implement a project to generate new knowledge or understanding.
  • Create or interpret new knowledge - usually through original research or possibly through other advanced scholarship of a quality that extends the forefront of their discipline. Work produced for a doctorate would often merit publication.
  • Build a thorough understanding of techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.