Research course

Doctor of Business Administration

University of Winchester · Winchester Business School

Entry requirements

The DBA is designed for experienced senior managers or business professionals who already possess graduate qualifications and who wish to develop their professional expertise to an advanced level.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the programme leader Dr Duncan Connors for a discussion prior to making an application.

The entry criteria for the Winchester DBA will normally be:

  • A masters level qualification at merit or above
  • Five years experience at a senior managerial level
  • Attendance at an interview

The business school can exercise discretion based on professional experience and overall suitability for the DBA.

Participants come from a range of disciplines and whilst it is not expected that prior degrees will be in a related subject area, personal experience of and an interest in business is crucial.

Winchester offers an intensive research training programme with leading experts sharing the latest developments in social media, online methodologies and insight management. Applicants should also be aware that the course stretches and challenges participants in the areas of values and ethics with a view to developing future-thinking, creative and responsible thought leaders who make a significant impact in their field.

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctor of Business Administration at Winchester is designed to give you the tools to become thought and practice leaders in your field, with the capabilities to gather and make sense of the information you need to operate and lead in a global environment.

During this period of exponential change, there is increasing demand for business professionals who can make sound decisions in situations of complexity and uncertainty. At Winchester, we focus on helping you to become a recognised thought leader, known for leading-edge expertise in your field and able to network with recognised experts all over the world. We also build your leadership capacity by equipping you with high-level research skills that enable you to build confidence and demonstrate evidence-based decision-making, which assists in career progression to more senior roles. Graduating with the title of ‘Doctor’ could open important career and professional opportunities for you.

As a UK Champion school for the UN PRME (Principles for Responsible Education) initiative, we stretch and challenge you in the areas of values and ethics, helping you develop as a responsible, creative and future-thinking leader who will make a significant impact in your field. Find out more about the University of Winchester Business School.

For the first two years of the programme, there are taught modules that equip you with the knowledge and skills required for the research phase of the thesis. A pilot project then further develops your advanced research skills. Finally, you submit a 55,000-word thesis which is assessed by means of a viva voce. A particular feature of these stages is the use of action learning sets, facilitated by experienced research-active academics, where you are able to share your learning and experience while simultaneously supporting and challenging your peers.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DBA
    part time
    48-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44(0)1962 827234