CPI Institute of Graduate Studies at the Cambridge Corporate University

The CPI 'Cambridge Philosophy Institute' of Graduate Studies is the official academic body offers doctoral programs at the University. The Institute acts as the supporting research centre for businesses and pipelines of the CPI International Group with focus on the pharmaceutical, education, consulting, technology solutions and renewable energy fields.  

Doctoral students and candidates at CCU have the opportunity to apply for one of the CPI International Group scholarship grants for a maximum of one year during the term of their study at CCU. The doctoral program at the CPI Institute of graduate studies at CCU is one of the very few doctoral programs offered by corporate universities worldwide, and offers students the chance to be engaged in a real- life-learning-research-model within the term of their study. Placement options are available for distinguished graduates of the programs either to join one of the esteemed faculty departments at CCU or to join one of CPI International Groups business and subsidiaries worldwide. For more information about the placement opportunities at CCU and or CPI International Group , please contact the office of graduate studies at doctoral@cambridgecu.ch  

Program Overview

In all of our doctoral programs, we take advantage of the scholarship of the rest of the institute, while preserving a unique perspective that comes from Cambridge Corporate University.
The mission of the CCU's Doctoral Programs is to develop outstanding scholars for careers in research and teaching at leading business schools and universities as well as to graduate business leaders who can create wealth and add value to business and organizations of the 21st century. 
Flexibility in learning, independence in study, research with deep impact, outstanding faculty who are leaders in their fields, and the finest resources in academia- these qualities enable the CCU to offer outstanding doctoral programs.
To ensure a solid foundation in management, all students (without an MBA degree) are required to take at least five courses in the MBA curriculum. A deep knowledge of management practice-not only in general, but also specific to a student's area of specialization is a critical component of business doctoral education. These courses provide a valuable source of research topics and institutional knowledge that will be important for future research and teaching success in business schools and in international business setup. At the same time, board knowledge of business ensures that students fully appreciate the interdependencies and complexity of management problems and may introduce them to possibility of interdisciplinary research. 

All students are admitted for full-time degree programs, with a minimum of two years required to complete their program including the course work and the dissertation. International students have the opportunity to be admitted to one of the CCU doctoral program on part-time, full-time, as well as via our unique online learning model. CCU doctoral faculty and program mentors are available in more than 19 countries worldwide enabling CCU doctoral students to complete their programs under the supervision of a certified CCU faculty member.   

CCU – Doctoral Experience

Students are forever changed by their CCU doctoral program experience. They are challenged to ponder the most critical issues in business management and to form insights by thinking at levels they never thought possible. They come to CCU with distinguished backgrounds and unlimited potential and develop into intellectual leaders at top business schools, universities and international organizations. 

At the heart of this experience are the relationships formed between doctoral students. In this collegial environment, students challenge each other, grow together, and enrich the learning process for one another. Whether in the classroom or study sessions, during workouts at the beautiful Swiss Alps—CCU's fitness and recreational sports facility—or at dinner in the many wonderful area restaurants, students form important bonds that last a lifetime. Our international campus offer a unique opportunity for doctoral students at CCU to work interact and listen to world thought leaders who are executives at the CPI International Group and who are leaders in their industries and business fields.  At the same time, many students also cite their strong ties with faculty as a highlight of the program. Faculty often become important mentors and, later, valued colleagues and collaborators.
Doctoral students enjoy the many benefits of belonging to the CCU community, including the option to cross register into courses at the other schools at the university and the institute of graduate studies. Becoming a member of Cambridge Club at CCU in Zurich or via one our club sessions worldwide, and enjoying internship positions and priority replacements within the giant CPI International Group. 

PhD Programs at the CPI Institute of Graduate Studies at CCU:

  • PhD in Organizational Behavior and Innovation 
  • PhD in Business Economics
  • PhD in Health Policy ( Management Track)
  • PhD in Political Sciences 
  • PhD in Change Management and Business Transformation
  • PhD in Renwable Energy Management 
  • DBA Programs at the CPI Institute Graduate Studies at CCU
  • DBA in Corporate Diplomacy
  • DBA in Innovation Management
  • DBA in Strategic Planning
  • DBA in Public Administration
  • DBA in Financial Management 


CPI Institute of graduate studies offers a select number of outstanding scholars an opportunity to join a vital intellectual community with powerful traditions of excellence in research and teaching. 

Here are some considerations to keep in mind as you explore the doctoral programs: 

- The programs receive applications for admission throughout the year and admitted applicants to be informed in due time. 
- Admitted students had well-defined research interests, standardized test scores (GMAT or GRE General Test are equally acceptable) above the 90th percentile, excellent academic records, and exemplary letters of recommendation (preferably from faculty). 
- Neither master's degree nor work experience is required, though some candidates have some work and/or research experience in business prior to entering the program.
- CCU doctoral programs prepare individuals for careers as professors of management and as senior leaders in the international industry. Usually, an MBA is sufficient preparation for individuals planning to work in middle management positions in the industry.

How to Apply

Required Application Materials 

- Completed application form 

- Statement of Purpose 

- Official transcripts for all college/university courses 

- Current GMAT or GRE scores ' Please consult the doctoral office to enquire if you are eligible to waive this condition based on your industry experience or business record)

- Three letters of recommendation (at least one from an academic source) 

- 250 CHF Application fee

Note: Neither the CCU Doctoral Programs Office nor the CPI institute of graduate studies Admissions Office will accept more than three applications from any one individual over the course of his/her lifetime.

The academic and industry job market for CCU graduates continues to strengthen and expand each year. For example, many graduates in recent years have received multiple job offers; others were appointed to a particular institution that they had targeted. The Career office at CCU receive multiple offers from CPI International Group, its affiliates and subsidiaries each year for distinguished graduates from the university and the institute for positions in the pharmaceutical , life-science, academic, consultancy, IT, technology solutions and renewable energy industries. 

Registrar and Program Fee 

Doctoral Program Fee at CCU
The average yearly cost of the program fee excluding the research cost is 15,000 CHF. A minimum of three years is required to complete the program with average cost of 45,000 CHF including the registration fee.  

Payment plans are available in different models and based on the approval of the doctoral admission office. Scholarships are also available for specific countries and regions, please consult the doctoral office at the Cambridge Corporate University for detailed information at: doctoral@cambridgecu.ch
To receive an application form, please contact the university registrar defining the program you are applying for at: registrar@cambridgecu.ch

To fill and save the application form attached here below on your computer, you need either Adobe Acrobat Professional or the free software at http://www.pdfescape.com

Doctoral Program Application Form.PDF 

Please feel free to download the Program Brochure in PDF format here down below, for further information, please contact the registrar office at registrar@cambridgecu.ch 
Doctoral Program Brochure




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