Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from a British University

A Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) offers a new route to a Doctoral qualification. It is designed specifically for experienced leaders in the private, public and third sectors. Unlike a traditional PhD, the DBA enables candidates to make a contribution to knowledge through the "novel application of theory" rather than the "development of new theory".

Furthermore the DBA seeks to push forward the boundaries of professional practice. The result is an enhanced capacity in thought leadership for organisational change, and greater preparedness for senior management and/or consultancy roles.

  • UK and GCC workshops, covering essentials of doctoral research
  • Assessment by assignment, a publishable paper, thesis and oral defence of the thesis
  • Already 70+ successful graduates with MDCI GCC/UK support
  • Register your interest, subject area and highest academic qualification

Six modules are 'facilitated' and one is the independent research thesis. All of the modules are compulsory. The first two years are spent developing your knowledge and skills in research methods, reflective practice, and research leadership and governance. When you have successfully completed the facilitated modules, you progress to the research thesis. The thesis will typically take a further two years to complete.

Duration:            4 years

Introduction will consist of;

  • Induction session
  • Introduction to Management research

Years 1 and 2:

Taught modules

  • Philosophy of research (Includes ethical issues)
  • Action research & systems methodology
  • Research design & data collection
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Communication & presentation of proposal

Years 3 and 4:

  • Peer review workshop (1)
  • Peer review workshop (2)
  • Peer review workshop (3)
  • Peer review workshop (4)
  • DBA thesis and viva voce

Applicants will need to meet all of the following criteria:

  • hold a Master’s degree in a business-related subject, completed within the last ten years
  • have a minimum of five years' work experience, at least some of which should be at a senior level
  • be employed in a leadership/management role capable of supporting the achievement of the programme learning outcomes

​You can expect to experience a variety of assessment methods designed to support your learning and the development of skills in communicating and defending your ideas at doctoral level. Assessment types used during the facilitated modules include; essay, seminar presentation and debate, portfolio, research report, reflective report, research proposal, viva voce.

The research thesis is assessed by a 50,000-60,000 word thesis and a viva voce examination.

Starting: early in 2018

For further information and to discuss your interest in the programme, please contact MDCI on (+973) 17216002 or email or you can fill in the short contact form below

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