Do you have a good record of scientific publication but no PhD yet? Are you looking for help in finding a shorter and smarter way to obtain a PhD by capitalising on your prior research and publications? Do you think spending 4-5 years for a conventional PhD is not worth it at this stage in your career?If your answer is yes to these questions, then this course is for you!

This course will enable you to become better prepared for the PhD by prior publication at a university of your choice. Remember this PhD option is not available at every university, but we will help you identify those universities that match your interests. More than that, we will guide you through the process of better preparing and presenting yourself to this new and emerging approach to getting a PhD.

If you have a good record of research experience and publication, then you deserve the academic recognition that a doctoral degree brings!


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In early 2018, IFSD professionals received several requests for information and guidance from around the world on alternative and shorter routes to getting a PhD. We have a strong team of academics, researchers and practicing professionals who are not only passionate about mentoring and teaching higher degree research students, but are also keen to engage in alternative approaches to PhD and higher degrees.Furthermore, IFSD has spent time and effort in doing research on universities in the UK, Australia, Ireland, Malaysia and some parts of USA to find out alternative approaches to PhD on offer. We have located various innovative streams of PhD and higher degrees, and the PhD by Prior Publication (PhDP) is one suited to well published professionals.

Appreciating the value of this alternative route to PhD, IFSD has now developed a global database of universities offering PBPP on a variety of disciplines. We also have experienced academics and researchers to assess your publication and research standing, as well as suggest and guide you to strengthen your publication base so you have better chances of getting enrolled as a candidate for PBPP in a university.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand and explain the frameworks and procedures of PBPP as offered by various universities and prepare a list of relevant universities
  2. Fully explain the requirements for PBPP candidacy for at least 2-3 universities of your choice
  3. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of your current publication and research standing in relation to the PBPP requirements of the 2-3 prioritised universities
  4. Identify areas of improvements needed in your research and publication portfolio to become better prepared for PBPP degree
  5. Understand and apply experiential and self-reflective research methods (only in social sciences) to deepen your research skills and to capture practical/experiential insights into new and ongoing publications
  6. Improve skills in scientific writing to prepare 1-3 papers from your prior research and professional experience (subject to the adequacy of prior research and experience)
  7. Develop preliminary outlines for 1-3 additional papers based on your existing research and professional experience (subject to the adequacy of prior research and experience)
  8. Draft 1-3 scientific papers (subject to adequate prior research, data and evidence)
  9. Gain confidence in preparing yourself for your candidacy to PBPP to the universities of choice


The course will be delivered through either online, blended, or face to face mode, fully customised to your need and situation. It will be planned as a flexible learning process with structured milestones and learning goals. Total duration of your course could range between 6 months to 2 years, depending on the level of support you need. You will be accepted into any one of the three categories below, depending on your current research and publication profile:Category A: Candidates who have good research experience but limited publication will be require intensive assistance and mentoring from IFSD experts for 1.5 to 2.5 years. The full course fee is USD 7,000 payable in two instalments, one at the beginning and the other in 3 months after commencement. They can be recommended to a University for PhDP enrolment after 2 years.

Category B: Candidates who have up to two scientific publications published recently and at least two others in the pipeline require 1-1.5 years of academic support and mentoring. They can be recommended to a university for enrolment between 1 to 2 years. The fee is USD 5,000, playable in two instalments, one at the beginning and other in 3 months after commencement.

Category C: Candidates who have excellent record of publications can complete the course within six months for a fee of USD $3,000 payable in two instalments, first at the beginning, and the second in two months after the commencement. They can be recommended to a university for enrolment after 6 months.


  • Frameworks and procedures of PhDP: How do different universities in the UK, Australia, and other countries structure PhDP?
  • Critical assessment of candidate requirements for 3 universities: Do you have adequate published works and of not how can your publication be strengthened in the next 1-2 years?
  • Developing your coherent research framework: How can your research be best presented as a coherent body of work for your PhDP candidature in your preferred university?
  • Experiential reflective research methods: How can you best capture your existing research for publications?
  • Scientific writing: How to write and publish in peer reviewed outlets?
  • Paper outlines (1 week per paper): What are your papers that you can produce in the next 1-2 year and who will be collaborating with you?
  • Draft papers (2 weeks per paper): How do you draft the planned papers?
  • Drafting application for PhDP: How can you best put together your PhDP application for the identified universities?


Once enrolled at IFSD for this preparatory course, you will be assigned a dedicated mentor who will guide you through the sessions appropriate to your level. You will also be assisted by a career advisor while you seek enrolment at a university towards the end of this course (or when you are recommended to start the application). All the courses will be delivered online, so you can participate from anywhere in the world as long as you have reliable internet connection. Individual session plans will be agreed between the mentor and the student.


If you are interested in this course, please send us:

  • An email stating what you hope to gain from the course
  • A CV detailing your publications and research experience
  • One-page research idea – connecting your research and publications
  • Any questions you want to ask about the course


This is not a degree course, nor is there any guarantee of securing a formal degree when you graduate from this course. IFSD provides the best possible assistance and support so you can achieve PhD by Prior Publication from a recognised University.