The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is based on a sustained, self-directed applied research project, supported by a collegial team of academic advisors, and reviewed and evaluated via seminars, workshops and taught modules (encompassing formative and summative assessment), submission of a thesis and an oral defence.
Each module of the DBA programme offers flexible, blended delivery that maximises the benefits of face-to-face learning, digital support, online group seminars and tailored individual tutorials.
The DBA will be undertaken on a part-time basis and will typically take 4-5 years to complete. The first years of the DBA will comprise three taught modules. The second year will include a yearlong module on the development of the DBA project/thesis concept and proposition, and one taught module at the start of the year. The third, fourth and fifth years of the DBA will involve researching and completing the final 50,000-60,000 word thesis, which will undergo an oral defence by viva.
Overall DBA Structure:
Year 1 modules:
- Understanding Dynamic Business Contexts (30 credits)
- Critical Thinking for Leadership & Collaboration (30 Credits)
- Developing an Applied Research Strategy (30 Credits)
Year 2 modules:
- Advanced Research Methods (30 Credits)
- DBA Proposal & Plan (60 credits)
Years 3, 4 & 5: