Doctor of Business Administration

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The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a professional doctorate which provides a structured programme of study through the delivery of taught modules, closely integrated with an individual’s professional career development.

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Course Overview

The programme has two parts and is composed of taught modules and a doctoral-level work-based research project. The element of reflection on professional practice distinguishes the professional doctorate from the award of a PhD.

Modules

Part One consists of taught modules, which prepare candidates for the independent practice-based research project of Part Two. During the first year the taught modules are delivered at the rate of two modules each term.

Year One: Part 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Approaches to Research and Academic Communication

    Upon the successful completion of the Approaches to Research and Academic Communication module, the student should be able to: critically reflect on the role of theory, epistemology, ontology and axiology in shaping and interpreting research; critically discuss approaches to reliability, validity and bias in social research; fully examine the ethical considerations in social research, and develop research designs that meet a high standard of ethical practice; and critically analyse communications, and communicate scholarship effectively

  • Qualitative Research Methods

    Upon the successful completion of the Qualitative Research Methods module, the student should be able to: critically consider the underpinnings of qualitative research principles, and be able to recognise strengths and limitations of qualitative research techniques; and critically assess the contexts appropriate for qualitative research techniques, and be able to apply qualitative data collection and analysis techniques in order to address a research question.

  • Quantitative Research Methods

    Upon the successful completion of the Quantitative Research Methods module, the student should be able to: critically assess the appropriate contexts for using quantitative research techniques, the philosophical underpinnings, strengths and limitations of quantitative research; design a quantitative research project, with particular attention to hypotheses, data sources, sampling and questionnaire design; select from, and implement, a range of quantitative analysis techniques in order to address a particular research question; and understand and critically evaluate quantitative research papers in the student’s subject area of interest.

Elective modules (Three modules from the list below):

  • Visions for the Future – Theoretical Perspectives on Management

    Upon the successful completion of Visions for the Future Theoretical Perspectives on Management module, the student should be able to: critically analyse the philosophical underpinnings of contemporary management practice and the different contexts, perspectives and paradigms on management; critically examine and evaluate and the views of major academic and management theorists; and critically apply underpinning management theory to current and emerging debates in management practice.

  • Strategic Change and Organisations

    Upon the successful completion of the Strategic Change and Organisations module, the student should be able to: recognise the need for strategic change and be able to critically assess the organisational (micro and macro) environment; and identify barriers and issues to strategic change and recommend approaches to overcome such barriers.

  • Managing in Complex Environments: Strategies, Insights and Solutions

    Upon the successful completion of the Managing in Complex Environments: Strategies, Insights and Solutions module, the student should be able to: critically identify, analyse and assess the external environment and determine appropriate people management strategies aligned to ensuring organisation and stakeholder success; and critically debate and put forward appropriate people management strategies that serve to remove indecision and create focus and purpose towards determining appropriate action throughout the organisation.

  • Entrepreneurial Perspectives

    Upon the successful completion of the Entrepreneurial Perspectives module, the student should be able to: critically apply and evaluate concepts and knowledge about enterprise and entrepreneurship from a range of perspectives: for example as an entrepreneur, intrapreneur, support provider or policy maker; and recognise, evaluate and review entrepreneurial and enterprise opportunities and applications within a variety of settings and contexts.

Year Two/Three/Four: Part 2

  • Preparing for Doctoral Research
  • Research Dissertation

Key Features

It is widely recognised as the pinnacle of qualifications in the world of business and management. This DBA programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals working in Business Administration and Management related areas in the UK and overseas.

Assessment

Entry Criteria

The normal minimum entrance requirement for applicants for candidature for professional doctorates is a master’s degree with a Merit classification or an overall mark of minimum 60% in an area relevant to the doctoral programme, awarded by a UK or other recognised University or higher education institution, or by the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA).

English Language requirement for international students applying to complete the DBA via 2+1 model of delivery with the taught element, Part 1 of the DBA in the UK and then return to their home country to complete part 2
Proficiency in English of candidates whose first language is not English is at or exceeding an average IELTS score (or equivalent in any other approved test) of 6.0 with no lower than 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

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Scholarship
£500 (reduction of the first year fees) for applicants with 70% or above marks in the qualifying award.

Early bird offer
10 bursaries of £500 each per intake are available to applicants who have submitted complete applications and who have been issued with an unconditional offer letter at least two months before the registration week for their chosen programme. the £500 reduction only applies to the first year’s fee.

Additional Costs

There will be no mandatory additional costs to study beyond the payment of tuition. Students should be prepared to incur the basic costs associated with study such as transport, and may wish to purchase coffees, snacks or other sundry items on campus.

Many students also choose to invest in study support tools such as laptops over the course of their study, though this is not a programme requirement. Any activities related to study or student life which bear a cost beyond tuition will be optional, and the expense shall be clearly communicated to students at the time of registration.

Career Opportunities and Employability

Questions?

For any questions related to the academic content of the course, please contact Dr Amare Desta.

For all other enquiries, please call us on 020 7566 7600 or email the London Admissions team at londonadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk.