APEL.Q LEADS TODoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) at Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation (SIMI)

Get your Doctor of Philosophy in 12 months and save 95% on tuition

The Ph.D. is the highest scientific and academic degree. Researchers, lecturers, and research instructors with remarkable research capacity, global standards, executive experience, and international research activities can get a Ph.D.

With the APEL.Q method, students may get their Ph.D. in 12 months instead of the traditional 3–5 years, saving 95% of study time and 98 % cost.

The APEL.Q assessment criteria for Ph.D programs are published and recognized by the UK government and the Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation (SIMI).  After completing the London Academy of Sciences’ APEL.Q procedure, students will acquire a Doctor of Science (Doctor of Philosophy) in one of SIMI’s 18 majors and get the same advantages as regular students of SIMI.


What is APEL.Q?

APEL.Q (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Award of Academic Qualifications) is the award of academic qualifications to individual learners through the assessment of prior experiential learning toward a fully accredited degree offered by the university.

APEL.Q has been widely implemented in Europe and recently in Asia, a number of countries have recognized APEL.Q as an official process with national recognition and it is prioritized for development as an effective policy that serves for liberal education, labor mobility and lifelong learning.

APEL.Q allows professional individuals with no official academic degrees to convert their experiences into a degree. APEL.Q is claimed to be a strict, fair, transparent, accurate and cost-saving process.

In traditional training programs, the award of academic qualification is based on the competencies acquired from the training programs itself. However, APEL.Q is based on the reverse process using the national framework that the government publishes to evaluate an individual’s competency, thereby recognize and grant degrees. Degrees are granted from occupational associations and/or universities if they recognize the assessment procedure.

APEL.Q for the Doctor of Philosophy from the London Academy of Sciences (LAS)

APEL.Q for Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) of the London Academy of Sciences (LAS) is executed using qualifications criteria published and recognized by the United Kingdom government and the Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation (SIMI).

Students can earn a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree in 12 months by following a 3-step process: (1) A portfolio listing and describing your working history and experience (Portfolios); (2) Colloquium & End Point Assessment; and (3) Thesis viva defend. This saves 95% of study time and 98% of tuition compared to full-time study in Europe.

The London Academy of Sciences’ APEL.Q program is the world’s first independently implemented program, with published and accepted qualifications assessment criteria by the United Kingdom government and the Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation (SIMI).

Students graduate with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in one of the following specializations:

  • International Business Administration
  • Marketing management
  • Financial management
  • Strategic Management
  • Administration of insurance activities
  • Tourism Management.
  • Logistics Management
  • Human resources management
  • Administrative Management
  • Engineering Business Management
  • E-commerce Management
  • Administration of Management Information Systems
  • Design Management
  • Non-profit Organization Management
  • And other majors based on the Viva Thesis

The complete qualifications framework used to evaluate APEL.Q of LAS was designed by the UK government in order to ensure recognition and effectiveness in the workplace, with the assistance of councils such as Tata Steel, Covance, Fera, Photo Centric, Astra Zeneca, Unilever, GSK, Croda, Pfizer, 2sfg, teva runcorn, BASF, nufarm, Grimsby hospital, Health education England.

Benefits and Differences
1. Earn your Doctor of Philosophy – Ph.D in one of the majors within 12 months
  • The APEL.Q process helps recognize accumulated experiences to transfer directly to the Viva Thesis (Dissertation) stage of the Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation (SIMI). Candidates could receive the final results within 12 months if they follow the program’s framework and provide appropriate documents.
2. All degrees and assessment criteria are fully accredited and recognized
  • All assessment criteria are published and recognized by the UK government.
  • Assessment criteria are recognized in the workplace with the participation of various assessment councils from Tata Steel, Covance, Fera, Photo Centric, Astra Zeneca, Unilever, GSK, Croda, Pfizer, 2sfg, teva runcorn, BASF, nufarm, Grimsby hospital, Health education England.
    • Earn the Research Scientist Certification from the Senior Leader Bureau: Certify the expertise equivalent to Research Scientist in accordance with the United Kingdom government’s Level 8 RQF qualifications framework. The Senior Leader Bureau granted competency certification in accordance with the UK government’s competency standards and recommendations.
  • Receive a LAS Level 8 Diploma in Research: LAS Level 8 Diploma in Research complies with the Level 8 UK Regulated Qualification Framework (UK Doctorate’s).
  • Receive a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) from the Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation (SIMI):
    • The level of the official degree is consistent with that of a full-time study program in Switzerland.
    • SIMI is the first fully accredited and globally recognized higher education provider in Zug, Switzerland.
    • The entire program applies Level 8 European Qualifications Framework (EQF).
3. Saving 95% of study time:

Instead of full-time studying for 3 to 5 years in Europe, with the APEL.Q process for Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), you only have 02 activities and 01 course as below:

  • Activity 1: Submit Portfolios to the LAS
  • Activity 2: Join the Colloquium, present the research topic, conduct the End-Point Assessment and submit it to the London Academy of Sciences
  • Thesis: Defending the doctoral thesis in front of the council of the Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation.
4. Saving 98% on tuition fees
  • You only have to pay 2% of the total tuition fees compared to the cost of studying and living as a full-time student in Switzerland. Please contact us for more details.
5. Transparent & No extra fees

APEL.Q is a completely fair and transparent procedure. We assure that no costs will be incurred without being announced.

Application Criteria

To apply for APEL.Q, the candidates are required to have:

Diploma APEL.Q Bachelor APEL.Q Master APEL.Q Doctorate
1 High School
Level 3 EQF
10 years Not Applicable Not Applicable
2 Certificate Level 4
Level 4 EQF
5 years 20 years Not Applicable
3 Diploma Level 4
Level 5 EQF
5 years 15 years Not Applicable
4 Bachelor
Level 6 EQF Diploma
Immediately 10 years Not Applicable
5 Master
Level 7 EQF Diploma
N/A Immediately 10 years
6 Doctor
Level 8 EQF
N/A N/A Immediately

Research application requirements:

  • Have at least one Master’s level scientific study.
  • Have at least one PhD-level Research Proposal (must be submitted and satisfactorily assessed by the scientific panel prior to proceeding with the APEL.Q process for the Doctor of Science program).

English requirements:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2 or equivalent.
  • IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.
  • If you do not have any English qualifications, you may be required to take our English test.
APEL.Q results and degrees

After the completion of the APEL.Q program, candidates will receive:

1. Research Scientist Certified by Senior Leader Bureau:

Certify the expertise equivalent to Research Scientist according to the Level 8 RQF qualifications framework of the UK government. Certification of competence issued by Senior Leader Bureau in full compliance with the UK government’s competency regulations and guidelines with:

Content Code (UK Gov Code) Notes (Quoted verbatim from the UK government)
Level of expertise in labour market Research Scientist Research Scientist is a person has full ability and expert in Planning, leading and conducting scientific experiments and analysing results.
Level of competency Level 7,8 RQF This occupation is found in a wide range of industries including Pharmaceutical, Clinical Trials, Personal Care, Analytical, Manufacturing, Water/Environmental, Energy, Agricultural, Food Science, FMCG, Petro-Chemical, Nuclear, Aerospace, Oil, Gas, Materials, Renewable, Bio medical, NHS, Diagnostics and MOD/Defense. The broad purpose of the occupation is someone who is primarily involved in planning, leading and conducting experiments and analysing results, either with a definite end use, for example to develop new products, processes or commercial applications, or to broaden scientific understanding in general. They provide scientific and technical leadership, giving a clear sense of purpose and driving strategic intent. They can expect to lead on business critical projects – managing the design and implementation of such projects both internally and externally, disseminating findings to internal and external stake-holders and making strategic recommendations based upon the findings of the project. They take into account new scientific methods and breakthroughs, identifying longer-term opportunities and risks. They will be able to effectively collaborate with both industry and academia, working in multidisciplinary teams, to apply results of research and develop new techniques, products or practices. They are responsible for developing ethical, innovative research practices and programmes with the ability to deliver results. They are a role model, with responsibility for those in senior positions and significant organisational budgets. In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a wide range of individuals and teams. This is due to the varied work and leadership roles that the individual undertakes through their work. This means that these varied interactions require them to communicate across businesses and industries and lead on ensuring scientific information is communicated in efficient ways, examples of these varied interactions are;

Internal – Direct Reports/teams, Project Teams, Line Managers, Senior Managers, Company Boards, Global Heads of Departments, Teams in other International Regions, Manufacturing Sites, Legal Teams, Sales and Marketing teams, Data Management, Securities Teams, Quality Control and Design Teams

Externals – Compliance, Legislation (court/legal) , Regulatory Bodies, Professional Bodies, Universities and Educational Bodies, Customers, External Partners, NGOs, Contract Research Organisations, Sector forums, Patient groups, Media, Technical Specialists, Suppliers andSector skills councils,

The working environment may also be varied and change from day to day due to the diverse nature of the projects and work that the individual may be working on, but can include;

Lab Based, Manufacturing Plants, Field based – External sites(out side), office based, home based, Customer sites, Conferences and education facilities. An employee in this occupation will be responsible for autonomously managing their own work programs and time while maintaining their own CPD and continuing to develop and update the knowledge and skills of others (coach develop/lead). They are responsible for direct line management of research teams or leading peer groups and collections of scientists in programs/experimentation’s to achieve required goals. They report to senior level management/heads of functions while also being accountable for reporting to board members within the company, clients and research councils. They will be responsible for budgetary control of their projects and advising on wider company impacts of research around production costs and profitability of research results.

They will be responsible for managing different streams of work and leading on/designing and carrying out trails of process and procedures and Translation of science to action. Alongside also designing , developing, implementing and evaluating these business changes.

The volumes and breath of this may vary due to the size of the organisation. With smaller companies also requiring their research scientists to be responsible for acquiring business through communication with customers and leading in this area.

Competency Recognition Code ST0759 Version: 1.0
Date updated: 31/05/2022
Approved for delivery: 13 May 2019
Route: Health and science
LARS Ref. Code (Learning aim reference service) 457
The body in charge of developing and approving the competency criteria for APEL.Q process Ofqual (UK.Gov) Ofqual only recognizes the competency criteria used by the Academy of Sciences for the APEL.Q process
Panel of experts involved in the development of the capacity framework The State Council in combination with the academic council and expert panel at the enterprise helps to increase the validity of the evaluation criteria. Tata Steel, Covance, Fera, Photo Centric, Astra Zeneca, Unilever, GSK, Croda, Pfizer, 2sfg, teva runcorn, BASF, nufarm, Grimsby hospital, Health education England
The UK government’s maximum funding £18000 Only applicable to UK nationals under certain conditions

Note: The Research Scientist Certified is a Professional Certified from Senior Leader Bureau. The Research Scientist Certified is not a work permit, not a practicing certificate, nor is it an academic degree.

2. LAS Level 8 Diploma in Research

LAS Level 8 Diploma in Research adapt the Level 8 academic competency standard (UK Master’s) with subjects have results recognized includes:

  • Level 8 RQF/EQF Develop advanced research approaches in a suitable context (30 credits)
  • Level 8 RQF/EQFAdvanced Literature Review (30 credits)
  • Level 8 RQF/EQFAdvanced Design Research (30credits)
  • Level 8 RQF/EQFAdvanced Data Analytics for Research (30 credits)
  • Doctoral Thesis (60 credits)
  • Defend Doctoral Thesis

Note: After End-Point Assessment (EPA), candidates will receive the LAS Level 8 Diploma in Research. This diploma is used only for recognition of the academic level and only for registration at the Doctoral Thesis Viva Defend stage of the Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation (SIMI). The LAS Level 8 Diploma in Research is an accredited professional qualification that is not a part of the Ofqual system and is not transferable to other academic degrees if it is not recognized by the LAS.

3. APEL.Q Assessment Report

APEL.Q Assessment Report is a document that evaluates candidates’s competency corresponding to Level 8 RQF (Master). APEL.Q helps the LAS’s partner universities to recognize and admit candidates for the Doctoral Thesis Viva Defend stage.

At the working environment, APEL.Q Assessment Report is also used to demonstrate the competency, the level of professional at enterprises, as well as a tool for human resource managers to evaluate employee performance.

Applicants cannot use the APEL.Q Assessment Report to transfer to other academic programs that are not recognized and authorized in writing by the LAS.

4. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) at the Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation (SIMI):
  • Ph.D in International Business Management
  • Ph.D in Marketing Management
  • Ph.D in Financial Management
  • Ph.D in Strategic Management
  • Ph.D in Insurance Management
  • Ph.D in Hospitality Management
  • Ph.D in Logistics Management
  • Ph.D in Human Resource Management
  • Ph.D in Administration Management
  • Ph.D in Engineering Business Management
  • Ph.D in E-commerce management
  • Ph.D in Information system Management
  • Ph.D in Design Management
  • Ph.D in Non-profit organization Management

The degree is equivalent to that of full-time international students at Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation.

The APEL.Q Process

The assessment consists of the subsequent:

1. Portfolios Submission
  • Submit your portfolios
  • The London of Academy of Sciences (LAS) will evaluate your portfolios
2. Colloquium and End Point Assessment (EPA)
  • Join Colloquium and present research orientation and research results.
  • Complete the End-Point Assessment with the guides and support from the LAS
  • Receive APEL.Q report from LAS
  • Transfer the APEL.Q result from LAS to the university
3. Doctoral thesis viva defend:
Graduation and Graduation Ceremony

The APEL.Q process consists of two stages and each stage is independently responsible by The London Academy of Sciences (LAS) and Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation. The responsibility of LAS will end after successful transfer of the End-Point Assessment (EPA) results to SIMI and seeking the recognition from the SIMI. After SIMI has recognized the EPA results, the candidate officially becomes a student of SIMI and can participate in the final stage of SIMI (Doctoral Thesis Viva Defend ). As a student, the candidate will have all the benefits of being an international student from SIMI, including the right to receive a degree and attend the SIMI graduation ceremony if they meet all of the criteria from SIMI.

Depending on the SIMI event schedule, candidates can participate in the graduation ceremony held in Europe or other locations chosen by SIMI. Graduation ceremony attendance fees and additional related fees will be paid by the candidates and excluded from the APEL.Q tuition fee.

In case candidates are unable to attend the graduation ceremony, the degree and diploma from the LAS and SIMI will be delivered to the local partner. Candidates can come to the local partner’s office to pick up their degree.

The APEL.Q qualifications framework for Doctor of Philosophy (recognized by the UK government)

The entire qualifications framework is used to evaluate APEL.Q for the Ph.D program of Swiss Institute of Management and Innovation (SIMI) recognized by the United Kingdom government with the participation of a variety of councils such as Tata Steel, Covance, Fera, Photo Centric, Astra Zeneca, Unilever, GSK, Croda, Pfizer, 2sfg, teva runcorn, BASF, nufarm, Grimsby hospital, Health education England.

APEL.Q competency for Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), at Level 8 in accordance with the UK Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF):

Level Qualifications Framework Equivalent qualifications
8 Level UK (RQF) Level 8 Diploma
12 Scotland Level (SCQF) Doctoral Degrees
Professional Development Awards
Doctorate The Frameworks for High Education Qualifications of UK (FHEQ) doctorate, for example doctor of philosophy (PhD or DPhil)
8 European Level (EQF) doctorate, for example doctor of philosophy (PhD or DPhil)
level 8 diploma
10 Australian Level (AQF) Doctoral Degree
10 African Level (ACQF) Doctoral Degree
8 ASEAN Level (ARQF) Doctoral Degree
Level 8 Diploma

Detailed Competency Framework:

Duty 1 Lead, ensure and be responsible for science based projects. Manage/support, plan, design the running of appropriate activities and make decisions for improvements and next steps K1 K2 K3 K4 K5
S1 S3 S5 S6 S7
B2 B3 B6 B7
Duty 2 Lead experiments and ensuring that the appropriate processes are carried out K1 K3 K4 K5
S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7
B1 B2 B3 B6
Duty 3 Combine and compare data from diverse and complex sources (e.g. Literature, experimental data, external/internal contributors) to draw conclusions within a wider context K1 K4 K5 K6
S1 S2 S6
B3 B6
Duty 4 Develop new and existing products, services and methods for organisational needs (e.g. development of a new active ingredient or measurement methodology using new equipment) K1 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7
S1 S2 S5 S6
B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6
Duty 5 Lead on the development of, and drive strategic plans within a scientific context and input to/suggest wider organisational strategy linked to their role K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7
S1 S3 S4 S5 S6
B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7
Duty 6 Effectively lead and manage communications (e.g. complex scientific information and organisational goals) with key stakeholders and other interested parties at all levels including specialist and non-specialist audiences, both internal and external to the organisation. K1 K2 K8
S1 S3 S4 S7
B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7
Duty 7 Advise on the development, critique and implement policies and protocols relating to health, safety, security and ethics. K2 K3 K5
S2 S3 S4 S6
B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7
Duty 8 Achieve goals in accordance with budget and finance targets and take account for financial implications within a wider commercial and organisational context K2 K3 K5 K6 K7
S2 S3 S4 S5
B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7
Duty 9 Make decisions based on an understanding of the organisational and the wider business market (e.g. legal, technical, environmental, political and economic) K1 K2 K3
S3 S5 S6 S7
B4 B5
Duty 10 Carry out all data handling, processing and analysis, ensuring integrity with consideration of commercial practices and guidance including documentation, reproducibility regulated process and IP K3 K5 K6 K7
S1 S2 S6 S7
B1 B5
Duty 11 Provide leadership and specialist support and organise others in the work place to ensure projects meets the requirements of the organisational goals K1 K2 K5
S4 S5
B1 B3 B6
Duty 12 Develop others through demonstration of best practice within the organisation by effective coaching, mentoring, teaching and training K1 K8
S4 S7 S8
B3 B5 B7
Duty 13 Identify and implement change management initiatives to meet the demands of technical and organisational requirements K2 K3 K7 K8
S3 S4 S5 S6
B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7



K1: Subject specific knowledge: A deep and systemic understanding of a named / recognised scientific subject as found in an industrial setting, such as biology, chemistry or physics, found in the nuclear, food manufacture, pharmacology or energy production sectors, at a level that allows strategic and scientific decision making, while taking account of inter relationships with other relevant business areas / disciplines

K2: Management, leadership and effective communication. Organisation objectives and where their role contributes to the success achievement of these objectives. How to communicate effectively with a wide range of senior leaders across different departments, up and down the supply chain, within their own team. Advanced mixed media communication, such as presentations, report writing (technical and non-technical) negotiation and influencing. Leadership within a team of multi discipline specialists at different levels across the organisation, ensuring a shared vision and commitment to success. Effective project management as used in their employer’s environment with regard to quality, cost and time. The employers organisational structure and where their own role fits

K3: Ethics, regulation and registration: All current relevant national and international regulations needed to carry out the role. This will include scientific regulation, health and safety and laboratory safe practice, anti-bribery and anti-corruption. Ethical scientific practice and the employers processes and procedures surrounding professional conduct. How to identify, record, mitigate and manage risk. The impact of failure and how to manage risk on the business. The benefits of equality of diversity in the workplace

K4: Research methodologies: Methodologies appropriate to the sector and how to formulate and apply a hypothesis. Appropriate application of scientific process. The unpredictability of research projects and the need to adapt and adjust daily planning needs to accommodate new developments.

K5: Data analysis and evaluation: Statistical analysis techniques, numerical modelling techniques and how they are applied in context. How to interpret and categorise data to make informed and objective decisions against the goals and targets of the project. How to evaluate and interpret the data and associated analysis against company objectives

K6: Data management: How to safely store and handle data in line with national and international data protection and cyber security regulations that apply to the role. How to manage and store data in line with employer processes and security approach. How to create an appropriate data management plan

K7: Entrepreneurial and enterprise: How to consider a multi solution approach to the objective in the key stages of a project. Market analysis awareness (SWOT / PESTLE / feasibility studies) and how to assess the impact of the project on the business. Intellectual property rights as they apply to the role and specific projects. Value for money and the ability to use market analysis to make go / no go decisions

K8: Development of self and others: The importance of continuing professional development and how to maintain their own specialist knowledge in an ever evolving environment. How to effectively coach and mentor colleagues, peers or team members to address identified skills gaps, using appropriate methods. How to upskill non-technical colleagues to enable them to complete their own role as needed.


S1: Application of Scientific Knowledge: Apply a range of advanced, new and emerging practical and experimental skills appropriate to the role (e.g. chemical synthesis, bio analysis, computational modeling).

S2: Data Collection and Reporting: Capture and evaluate data critically drawing a logical conclusion, e.g. Case Report Forms, Data Management Plans, Data Review Plans, edit checks and User Acceptance Testing Plans

S3: Commercial and Business Issues: Identify issues, including intellectual property and the commercial demands of the business environment. Understand the scientific objectives of work undertaken and its relevance to the organisation

S4: Communication Skills: Write extended reports and critique others’ work across a range of documentation, e.g. protocols, consent forms and scientific reports. Deliver oral presentations and answer questions about their work and/or the work of their team. Utilise interpersonal skills, communication and assertiveness to persuade, motivate and influence. Discuss work constructively and objectively with colleagues customers and others; respond respectfully to and acknowledge the value of alternate views and hypothesis

S5: Project Management and Leadership: Generate effective project plans to include management of scope, schedules, budget and risk. Organise resources, budgets, tasks and people. Co-ordinate team activities to meet project requirements and quality processes. Adapt scientific strategy/delivery to be consistent with requirements. e.g. client, regulatory, ethical, geographic

S6: Critical Thinking: Conceptualise, evaluate and analyse information to solve problems

S7: Research and dissemination: Frame research questions and methodology drawing from current sources e.g., literature and databases. They can produce intellectual insight and innovations in their own discipline to be shared with colleagues, peers and wider stakeholders internal and external to the business

S8: Developing others: Apply a range of coaching and mentoring techniques with colleague’s peers and team members, selecting the correct method to suit the situation and the person being coached / mentored


B1: Team Working: Collaboration, influence, and respect for others

B2: Flexibility and Adaptability: Responsiveness to change, adjusting to different conditions, technologies, situations and environments

B3: Integrity and Reliability: Respect for the confidentiality of individuals and company information. An intrinsic ethical stance to all aspects of day to day activities. Reputation of trust internally and externally

B4: Management of Expectations of senior management, study sponsors, vendors, investigational sites and key opinion leaders

B5: Accountability: For self and others to ensure that actions are in the best interest of affected parties

B6: Planning, Prioritisation and Organisation: Effective time management

B7: Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Accountability of own and others development needs, undertaking CPD. Curiosity of science and proactively develops knowledge to ensure that scientific and business decisions are based on strong science.

Evidence & Portfolios
Direct Evidence


You can provide copies of your diplomas/certificates:

  • Diploma/certificate
  • Result statement
  • Workshops attended at work (certified)

Work samples

You can provide work samples:

  • Photos, outline, graph, procedure, etc.
  • Report
  • Written material
  • Project plans
  • Objectives
  • Products or achievement

Records of work activities

You can provide documents showing your work activities:

  • Notes
  • Emails
  • Completed worksheets, paperwork
  • Workplace agreement
  • Sale Contract

Other documents

You can provide evidence that shows what you have done in your daily life:

  • Media articles
  • Meritorious awards from occupational association, community
Indirect Evidence


You can provide copies of document such as (completed form):

  • Working Diary
  • Records
  • Journals
  • Articles on blog, media social, etc.


You can provide copies of email communication with other related departments to prove your correlative competencies:

  • Customer feedback
  • To-do-list, check list
  • Materials that demonstrate “writing and communication” competency

Supporting letters

You can provide letters to verify your competency from:

  • Employer
  • Community group
  • People you have worked with (colleague, partner, etc.)
Liability Disclaimer
General information
  • The APEL.Q process is based on the government’s recognized competency, but the process does not belong to and not a part of the UK government.
  • Partner university recognizes the LAS’s APEL.Q process but does not involve or redirect the assessment process. LAS will appraise the APEL.Q process and make decisions according to the specific criteria. Partner university will only admit and recognize the result when the LAS finalizes the APEL.Q Assessment Report.
  • The APEL.Q results (recognized by the LAS) and other attached documents, diploma, certifies are used as a guideline for partner university to recognize candidate’s qualification corresponding to the equivalent training programs in order to transfer to the final stage Capstone Projects to save time and cost. APEL.Q results from the LAS are not working certification, title recognition, diploma or equivalent documents.
  • Partner university will award the degree for participants. The LAS will not award the degree, academic qualifications of any kind.
  • Diploma issued by the LAS (if any) is a professional certifies, not academic qualification. It is used as a transition purpose to partner universities. The diploma issued by the LAS does not belong to the Ofqual system and is not allowed to transfer to other universities.
  • Candidates are not allowed to use APEL.Q Assessment Report to transfer to other universities that do not belong to the partner university system or officially recognized university/institute by the LAS.
  • After being recognized by the partner university, the candidate is now a formal student at the partner university and is admitted to the Capstone Projects stage. Candidates are obliged to comply with the provisions of the partner required during doing the Capstone Projects and other related obligations before and after the graduation. The LAS’s responsibilities will end once the candidates receive a confirmation letter which recognizes them as formal candidates from the partner university and participate in doing the Capstone Projects from the partner university and when the learner drop out of the APEL.Q process.
  • Neither LAS nor the partner university undertakes anything that is not under their jurisdiction and decision-making right; is not responsible for the usage and the recognition of the diploma in the workplace and that country, job promotion, immigration opportunities, job opportunities, … after graduation.
  • The LAS has the right to terminate APEL.Q results immediately without reimbursing any costs when the candidate violates the provisions signed before applying to the APEL.Q process.
  • If candidates provide fake, false or inaccurate information in APEL.Q application, the LAS and partner university has the right to terminate the result (both APEL.Q result and awarded diploma if any). In this case, the LAS and partner university will not reimburse any costs, any additional fee (if any) of any kind. Candidates must be totally responsible for all risks and damages caused by those fake, false and inaccurate information.
  • Partner university has the right to terminate the student conduct, do not issue diploma/degree or terminate issued diploma/degree if candidate violates the provisions signed, as well as violations of academic integrity during or after the study program and doing Capstone Projects stage.
  • The LAS reserves the right to accept or not to accept candidates’ APEL.Q application.
  • The conventional time for the whole procedure is 06 months, only guaranteed when candidates submit a complete application, Portfolios and ensure to complete the End-Point Assessment and Capstone Projects on time. Those who do not comply with the predetermined time frame will not receive a graduation confirmation letter and/or Diploma within 06 months. Candidates will receive a graduation confirmation letter within 01 month from the date of Capstone Projects result and the Diploma will be delivered to the authorized representative office in that country within 02 months. The time to receive a degree will depend on the issuance process, issuance time, printing time and delivery time of the university and express delivery company.
  • The APEL.Q process tuition fee will exclude fees related to graduation ceremony (if any), diploma delivery fee and other additional fee that are not related to the APEL.Q process.
  • APEL.Q registration fee is non-refundable in any circumstances.

Candidates are encouraged to check and research sufficient information from reliable sources before applying to the APEL.Q procedure from the LAS.

The London Academy of Sciences (LAS) and partner university will not commit as following:
  • No commitment that participating in APEL.Q process is qualified and can take part in the program’s final stage from the partner university if candidates do not meet the standards and regulations.
  • No commitment that participating in the final stage is able to get the degree/diploma if candidates do not meet the academic standards, financial obligations and related regulations from the partner university.
  • No commitment about the degree/diploma usage process after the partner university issued, including the recognition in the workplace and the country where the degree is used.
  • No commitment about immigration, job promotion, easy to get a job, student visa or tourism before/during/after graduation and get a diploma/degree.

The LAS and its partners do not commit to anything beyond their jurisdiction.

The Qualifications Framework Code

The UK government established and recognized the MBA qualifications framework

TUITION FEESTotal 8,000 Pound

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    SIMI provides a unique opportunity to transform learners’ lives by giving students access to authentic, high-quality Swiss education and training. This is further enhanced by top-notch professors, internationally recognized qualifications, strong employability, and clear career progressions.

    Our career-oriented study programs are based on and are fully compatible with the established European educational systems, guidelines for higher education are outlined in the Bologna agreements. Compatibility is evaluated through an accreditation process via accredition and recognized bodies.


    SIMI collaborates and works very closely with our partner universities, accreditation agencies, and local governmental bodies. This ensures the highest level of academic integrity and excellence as well as mutual recognition of hard-earned academic degrees.


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