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Routes to Calamus International University distance degrees

All degrees are non-UK, non-US degrees awarded by Calamus International University, registered in Republic of Vanuatu. See about and status pages for relevant information.

September 2011 - lower tuition fees - see further details here

A choice of distance learning routes

The Calamus International University programmes provide the self-motivated and experienced student a choice of distance learning routes towards an overseas-validated CIU degree. Normally, no classroom attendance or other attendance is required to complete a degree.

Students may commence most programmes at any time of year subject to acceptance and availability of places.

Please see our course brochures page for details of degree opportunities in various specific fields.


Associate of Arts Degree (AA)

The CIU Associate Degree is the equivalent of at least 50% of a Bachelor's degree and may be gained by evaluation of prior learning (including in-service training) plus completion of at least three CIU course units. There is no entry qualification for the Associate Degree.

Normal study period: 9 months or less (with transfer of prior credit)

Advanced Diploma/Postgraduate Diploma (Adv.Dip./PG.Dip.)

Most Master's degree programmes may, subject to approval, be taken without the thesis requirement as an Advanced Diploma (for those without a Bachelor's degree) or a Postgraduate Diploma (for those with a Bachelor's degree or qualification of similar status). Conversion from diploma to degree is possible later by paying the balance of the degree tuition fee and producing an acceptable Master's thesis.

Normal study period: 9 months or less (with transfer of prior credit)


Bachelor's Degree (BA, BSc, BBA)

The distance Bachelor’s degree validated by Calamus International University is normally an accelerated qualification designed for persons with significant life and/or career experience and/or prior learning. Up to 50% of the Bachelor’s degree is normally pre-earned by transfer credit for previous education, life and work experience, which can take many forms and cover virtually any field of interest or endeavour that has educational, vocational or life skills content. Once this prior credit is evaluated, a syllabus will be negotiated to fulfil the demands of the particular major. This plan allows students to leverage their prior accomplishments to obtain an accelerated Bachelor’s degree within reasonable time and at a low cost.

To qualify for a Bachelor's degree the student will normally gain 120 credits.  A maximum of 80 non-university credits may be transferred by evaluation of prior learning, plus any approved university credits earned. A holder of an Associate Degree from CIU is entitled to an allowance of 80 credits towards a Bachelor's degree. We anticipate that the average applicant for a CIU Bachelor's degree will already have a considerable portfolio of previous education and training, and will thus be able to complete the BA or BSc degree within approximately one year to eighteen months by taking an approved programme of CIU distance learning course units. If a longer course is required, a programmes of study of up to three years may taken based upon available course units and other agreed work. A wide variety of prior qualifications will be considered, and students may apply on their merits.

The basic entry standard is normally a high school graduation certificate or equivalent plus evidence of other learning and/or experience, but a wide variety of qualifications will be considered, and students will be considered on their merits.

Normal study period: 18 months or less (with transfer of prior credit)

BPhil. (Bachelor of Philosophy Degree)

This degree is for the accomplished student who can present a substantial portfolio of prior learning or who holds an Associate Degree of CIU. Completion of the degree is entirely by an extended project report on an approved topic, the length of the report to be a minimum of 12,500 words (15,000 words for Homeopathy). The entry standard is a higher vocational diploma, a professional qualification, or other qualifications regarded by the University as equivalent to at least two years of tertiary study. The BPhil. degree may be completed solely by distance learning.

Normal study period: 18 months or less (with transfer of prior credit)

Please see our course brochures page for details of degree opportunities in various specific fields. 

In 2010 we made a link with an American institution allowing dual awards - in other words two awards for the same programme of study - for example a Bachelor's from Calamus International University plus a US "degree equivalence" diploma - also saying B.A./ B.S. in the same field, attesting that the linked American institution regards the CIU degree as the equivalent to a US degree.  The US "equivalence" award is entirely optional, but requires extra fees paid to the US institution after graduation from CIU. The US award can have the Apostille of the US Secretary of State affixed, for a free including notarisation and all appropriate official seals. 


MA (Master of Arts), MSc (Master of Science), MMus (Master of Music) and other Master's degrees

These distance degrees require completion of 45 credits beyond the Bachelor's degree, including a dissertation of not less than 13,500 words or agreed alternative study. The normal entry standard is an approved Bachelor's degree, though professionally qualified persons and those of equivalent standing, who can demonstrate sufficient knowledge of their field, may petition the University for direct entry to a Master's degree course. The normal completion time is within 18 months, and up to 30 credits may be transferred from previous graduate study at other approved universities or institutes. Applicants may waive credit transfer privileges in order to study more units and use their Master's course to maximise their knowledge.

If the student wishes to pursue the Master's degree without writing a dissertation, 48 credits will be required.

Most MA or MSc courses may be taken as Diploma courses for a reduced tuition fee without doing the thesis or special project. These diplomas may be accessible to those without a Bachelor's degree. Such diplomas may be useful as conversion courses for those with a first degree in one subject who would like to pursue a doctorate in another.

Normal study period: 18 months or less 

Please see our course brochures page for details of degree opportunities in various specific fields. 

In 2010 we made a link with an American institution allowing dual awards - in other words two awards for the same programme of study - for example a Master's from Calamus International University plus a US "degree equivalence" diploma - also saying Master's degree in the same field, attesting that the linked American institution regards the CIU degree as the equivalent to a US degree.  The US "equivalence" award is entirely optional, but requires extra fees paid to the US institution after graduation from CIU. The US award can have the Apostille of the US Secretary of State affixed, for a free including notarisation and all appropriate official seals. 


MPhil. (Master of Philosophy) and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

These CIU degrees were originally pure research degrees,  gained by presentation of a thesis/dissertation on an approved topic of not less than 17,000 words for an MPhil. degree or 25,000 words for a PhD degree. (Some subjects and/or supervisors may require a lengthier dissertation.) An ongoing (but unpublished) work of independent scholarship or creative writing, or group of artistic works of merit, may be submitted in lieu of a thesis, subject to University approval and to a supporting extended essay. The MPhil. and PhD degrees are completed solely by distance learning. Applicants for the MPhil. and PhD degrees should normally hold an approved Bachelor's or Master's degree, though the University may consider other qualifications on their merits in exceptional cases.

In 2010 we made a link with an American institution allowing dual awards - in other words two awards for the same programme of study - for example a Ph.D. from Calamus International University plus a US "degree equivalence" diploma - also saying Ph.D. in the same field, attesting that the linked American institution regards the CIU degree as the equivalent to a US degree.  The US "equivalence" award is entirely optional, but requires extra fees paid to the US institution after graduation from CIU. The US award can have the Apostille of the US Secretary of State affixed, for a free including notarisation and all appropriate official seals.

However in order to offer this CIU plus US dual certification, the Ph.D. needed to conform to a typical US schedule involving taught study plus a dissertation.

Under our new lower tuition fees initiative, we can only charge the lower fee for a shorter programme comprising research and dissertation only, without taught courses. That programme will lead to the Ph.D. degree from CIU, but without the option of dual American "equivalence" certification.

However, if you have ABD ("all but dissertation" ) status, or a portfolio of existing credits and completed courses that can be regarded as the equivalent of the taught course phase of a US degree, then CIU can allow credit for this and include the credit on your transcript. The result will be that, for the lower fee, you will still receive a transcript suitable for obtaining the optional US "equivalence" award.

The M.Phil. degree requires 45 credits and will be considered if the student has a less ambitious or a shorter project than would be considered suitable for a Ph.D. The M.Phil. degree may also be awarded to a Ph.D. student if, after assessment of the dissertation, it is considered not adequate for the award of the doctorate.

The Ph.D. degree requires 45 credits if gained by research and dissertation only (without eligibility for US dual awards).

If it is desired to gain the CIU Ph.D. plus an optional U.S. "equivalence" award with the choice of a U.S. Apostille, the Ph.D. will require 60 credits (including dissertation) or 70 credits (special non-dissertation professional routes by arrangement).

Please see our course brochures page for details of degree opportunities in various specific fields.  Please contact us if you have a specific research interest that is not featured so that we can discuss whether we can provide a suitable programme for you.


M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) and E.M.B.A. (Executive Master of Business Administration) – also D.B.A. degree (Doctor of Business Administration)

From 2011 CIU is restructuring its provision of management courses and concentrating on courses within a holistic context.

This means a focus on self-development of the manager, communication and “soft skills”, and an understanding of how human-centred, caring, co-operative, ecological and spiritual concepts have the possibility of transforming the company of today and the business of the future. Courses can include those on corporate leadership, non-profit leadership, spirituality and values in the workplace, executive development and organisational behaviour, coaching and NLP, and other relevant disciplines.

The E.M.B.A. is an accelerated programme by taught course units only; the M.B.A. requires a project in addition. Direct entry to M.B.A./E.M.B.A. is possible if the candidate can demonstrate a record of professionalism as an executive, manager, trainer, coach or role of equivalent standing, or if the candidate holds a professional qualification. Prior learning and achievements may be submitted for credit evaluation.

The M.B.A. requires 45 credits post-Bachelor level including a thesis or 48 credits without a thesis. The E.M.B.A. requires 30 credits without a thesis. The D.B.A. requires at least 60 credits with a thesis or 70 without a thesis.

Most students coming to CIU for their management degrees already have a good grounding in core business fields such as economics, financial management etc, through previous degrees or professional qualifications, so those core subjects do not form a part of our holistic/"soft-skills" programmes.

Normal study period: 18 months or less.

Please see our business degrees on-line brochure for further information.


Professional Doctorates: Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology), Ed.D. (Doctor of Education), D.Hum. (Doctor of Humanities), D.B.A. (Doctor of Business Administration), D.C.H. (Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy), Met.D. (Doctor of Metaphysics), D.E.S. (Doctor of Esoteric Studies); D.Mus./D.M.A. (Doctor of Music/Musical Arts), D.R.S. (Doctor of Religious Studies), Th.D. (Doctor of Theology)

Professional Doctorates, the concept of which was developed in the USA, are designed for the practising professional and are gained through a combination of taught units (plus an extended project), credit for practical work (e.g. clinical practice) and approved prior learning. The professional doctorate requires at least 60 credits (or 70 credits without a dissertation).  A Bachelor's degree is normally required for entry to a Professional Doctorate. The Professional Doctorate may be taken if the candidate prefers not to write a lengthy thesis, if the candidate already holds a PhD and desires a second doctorate, or if the candidate requires a specialist doctorate such as the Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy.

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree is especially suited to those involved in private post-secondary training or instruction or training in complementary medicine or holistic fields.

The Doctor of Humanities (D.Hum.) degree is especially suited to those undertaking individualised programmes of study in independent or interdisciplinary fields.

Post-Doctoral degrees for Hypnotherapists:

D.A.H. - Doctor of Analytical Hypnotherapy; D.T.H. - Doctor of Transpersonal Hypnosis

Calamus International University  has two post-doctoral degrees for the professional hypnotherapist who already has a Ph.D., D.C.H. or other doctorate. These degrees are the D.T.H. (Doctor of Transpersonal Hypnosis) and D.A.H. (Doctor of Analytical Hypnotherapy).  Please email info@unicalamus.org for further information, giving  details of your existing qualifications.

 

A.M.D. - Doctor of Alternative Medicine / O.M.D. - Doctor of Oriental Medicine

 

The Doctor of Alternative Medicine degree is for candidates who must already have a Bachelor’s or higher degree from an approved institution plus a professional qualification and/or licence in their professional field. Candidates who are medical doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors and dentists may also apply for this degree.  The degree is by selected taught distance learning modules plus a research thesis, though academically well-qualified candidates with a suitable previous Master’s or Doctoral degree may apply to take the A.M.D. by research thesis alone.  The A.M.D. is not available for all countries due to different attitudes towards doctorates in alternative, complementary and natural therapies.  Students must comply with any local laws or regulations concerning the use of such degrees/doctorates and local regulations are subject to change at any time.  

 

The Doctor of Oriental Medicine is similar to the above except candidates must be qualified and/or licensed in Acupuncture and/or Traditional Chinese Medicine and legally permitted to practise in their country.

 

UK and EU applicants for the A.M.D. or O.M.D. must be qualified medical doctors with valid licences to practise, or hold equivalent qualifications, e.g. in dentistry.

 

Normal initial registration period: 18 or 24 months is the initial registration period.  If more time is needed, additional registration fees will be charged on a semester basis.

 

Please see our course brochures page for details of degree opportunities in various specific fields. 

 

In 2010 we made a link with an American institution allowing dual awards - in other words two awards for the same programme of study - for example a Doctorate from Calamus International University plus a US "degree equivalence" diploma - also citing the exact same Doctoral title in the same field, attesting that the linked American institution regards the CIU degree as the equivalent to a US degree.  The US "equivalence" award is entirely optional, but requires extra fees paid to the US institution after graduation from CIU. The US award can have the Apostille of the US Secretary of State affixed, for a free including notarisation and all appropriate official seals. 

 


Dual degree plans - e.g. combined BA/MA or combined MA/Doctorate

Please contact us with your CV/resume and the major(s) you are interested in and we will advise you on the routes available and costs. Significant tuition fee savings may be made for a combined programme whether paid in full at enrolment or paid under our monthly modular plan.
Email us at info@unicalamus.org

Normal initial registration period: 24 to 36 months is the initial registration period.  If more time is needed, additional registration fees will be charged on a semester basis.  If extensive prior credit exists, the first of the two awards may be brought forward.  Since every application is different, individual advice needs to be given.


Higher Doctorates (D.Sc., D.Litt.)

These degrees are normally awarded to candidates who already hold a doctorate, who have a record of excellence in their field, and who are well-respected in their peer community. CIU offers several routes towards a higher doctorate for deserving candidates, who must submit a curriculum vitae and three references from persons of professional or academic standing with their application. The candidate may elect to read for the Higher Doctorate by research and dissertation, by taught units plus dissertation, or by taught units plus evaluation of a particularly ennobling or innovative contribution to their discipline. This evaluation consists of an extended self-assessment paper, arguing the candidate's own case for the award, supported by peer references, plus CIU's careful assessment of a portfolio of the candidate's achievements.

Normal registration period: negotiable.


Honorary degrees

For further information on honorary doctorates click here. Honorary degrees are non-academic awards and do not entail study. Honorary Master's and Doctoral degrees are available.  Fees are payable for honorary awards.


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