Taught course

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

University of Winchester · Winchester Business School
DBA by taught

Entry requirements

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. 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.

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at Winchester 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 while making a contribution to professional knowledge. It is designed to meet the needs of executives who wish to strengthen their knowledge of leading-edge management thinking, whilst developing academic and industry-based research skills to equip them for more senior roles.

Distinctive features of the Winchester DBA include leading-edge teaching in Contemporary Research Methods with experts sharing the latest developments in social media, online methodologies and insight management. In addition, weekend teaching (Friday and Saturday) enables candidates to organise their studies more easily around work commitments. Winchester also provides a learning
environment that stretches and challenges participants in the areas of values and ethics helping to develop responsible, creative and future-thinking thought leaders who make a significant impact in their field.

The first two years of the programme are delivered via taught modules which equip students with the knowledge and skills required for the research phase of the thesis. This taught period culminates in the implementation of a pilot project which enables candidates to develop the advanced research skills necessary for successful completion of the thesis. A particular feature of these stages is the use of action learning sets, facilitated by experienced research-active academics, where students share their learning and experience and provide each other with both support and challenge.


Year 1

  • The Critical Reflective Practitioner
  • Thought Leadership in Context
  • Maximising Engagement and Impact

Year 2

  • Philosophy, Methodology and Ethics of Research
  • Contemporary Research Methods
  • Pilot Study

(For more detailed information on the modules, please see our website).


The final phase culminates in the development, presentation and defence of the thesis. This involves conceptualising, designing and implementing a major project in the student's workplace. Research is conducted within the context of a professional management role and is designed to contribute new knowledge and applications which lie at the forefront of professional management practice. Students are supported by a supervisory team throughout the process. The thesis is examined by viva voce with an internal and an external examiner.

Students are expected to attend six weekend workshops per year (consisting of a Friday and Saturday) to support the completion the modules prior to commencing the thesis.

A variety of assessment methods are employed during the taught phase of the degree. An indicative list of assessment types you might encounter includes literature reviews, reports, presentations, essays, portfolios and pilot studies. There are regular opportunities to receive formative feedback from both peers and tutors. After two and a half years, students move on to the thesis stage where, rather than submitting formal set assignments, progress is evaluated throughout the year. The candidate finally submits a 55,000-word thesis which is assessed by means of a viva voce.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent approved test. International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Fees and funding

UK students
Pre thesis £6500 per year

Qualification and course duration

DBA by taught

part time
48-84 months

Course contact details

Dr Karen Blakeley
+44 (0) 1962 826422