Taught course

Doctor of Business Administration

University of Winchester · Winchester Business School
DBA by taught

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. Applicants are normally expected to have an Honours degree in the first or upper second-class range, a professional management qualification, and a Masters degree in a relevant area. We will also consider applicants without a Master's degree as long as an ability to study at doctorate level can be evidenced by means of alternative professional qualifications.

Applicants typically are actively engaged as a practising manager or professional in the workplace and have had five years middle or senior management experience with responsibility for people, and/or functions, and/or technical expertise. It is expected that applicants would have some experience of change management or leadership. In addition, suitable candidates who are in a career break, but who have access to a workplace for research purposes, will also be considered.

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.

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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.

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

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