Program Type

90 ICH beyond BA/BS


EUCLID School of Education, Language and Interpretation

Study Mode

Online / Distance
Part Time or Full Time

EUCLID’s Online Instructional Design (Open and Distance)

Because it is offered, and uniquely so, by an intergovernmental organization with 10 years of proven expertise in online learning, the EUCLID online PhD in Instructional Design and Open Learning takes up the challenge of offering a comprehensive doctoral program at the junction of three specialized fields of knowledge and application: (1) open learning in all organizations (2) online education in a university context, and (3) cross-disciplinary challenges of pedagogy, andragogy and information technologies.

Academic Presentation

The EUCLID DIDOL (PhD in Instructional Design and Online Learning) is a distance-delivered, non-resident degree program offered by EUCLID (Euclid University), an intergovernmental treaty-based organization with a global university mandate.

Its goal is to prepare both our government-sponsored officials and general-public graduate-level professionals for high-level positions in the vast realm of international technology-enhanced education. Positions are typically obtained with higher education institutions, relevant government bodies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as multinational corporations and global legal educational organizations.

Program Objectives

The DIDOL offers an in-depth examination of the  vast fields of Instructional Design and Online Learning, including: instructional design, Learning Management System (LMS), eLearning, technology-enhanced learning, Open Distance and eLearning (ODeL) quality, Open Educational Resources (OER), Massive Open Online Courses, ODeL learner support  and publication of a doctoral dissertation which will establish the candidate as a subject-matter expert in a specialized topic of relevance.

This PhD program focuses on the mastery of relevant areas of ODeL, with an initial focus on instructional design and a systematic study of concrete applications of ODeL. Rather than focusing on one area in particular, the EUCLID DIDOL provides a broad and deep overview of the most indispensable ODeL elements.

The degree was primarily designed to train higher education institutions and government staff already working in the field of technology-enhanced learning as well as other educators and professionals seeking to expand their expertise to ODeL. It is also suitable to prepare other professionals and outstanding students for careers with governmental bodies, NGOs, multinational corporations and international organizations such as the European Union, the Commonwealth of Learning, UNESCO, etc…

EUCLID = Best-of-Class Online Education in Practice

Image above: This program is focused on applied research and real-world applications, designed to deliver applicable skills to its graduates. It combines the best of a traditional PhD (applied research) and professional doctorate (DBA style) which is competitive marketability.

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Admissions / Entry Requirements for the MSDD

Applicants should have a relevant Master’s degree issued by an institution listed in the UNESCO / IAU handbook or database (WHED). Similar or related backgrounds with adequate professional experience may be considered

Government-sponsored applicants (who are already government staff) may be admitted without the required educational credential if their level of education and experience is deemed sufficient. EUCLID may require these participants to complete bridge courses prior to enrolling in the program.

Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required and will be tested.

Students are expected to be in a position to dedicate 10 to 15 effective hours of study on a weekly basis.

Tuition and Fees

Employment Outlook

This specialized EUCLID PhD program provides outstanding professional and academic preparation to its students for a successful career not only in institutions of higher learning but also e-learning institutions and global organizations.

Our alumni have been successful securing employment and promotions in government service and international organizations.

Faculty Highlights

EUCLID’s DSDD program is supported by a world-class faculty group which is truly global in scope and dedicated to high-quality interaction with each student. For each program, 3 faculty members are featured below, and the full faculty roster is accessible via the top menu.

Dr Bernard Nkuyubwatsi

Professor of International Law

Dr Roberto M Rodriguez

Adjunct Professor of International Affairs
(USA | Belgium)

Pr Laurent Cleenewerck

Professor of Diplomacy and Public Law


Download Brochure

The full MODL Brochure can be downloaded in PDF format.

Why study at EUCLID?

EUCLID is the only intergovernmental, treaty-based university with a UN-registered charter and recognized expertise in online learning. One of its flagship programs (MBASD) was ranked #1 among the world's 17 best by the independent US research firm ``BestCollegesReview.``

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