Programme Information

Required Credits/Units: 360

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme is designed for current and emerging leaders who are looking to drive systemic change in their organization. These leaders include individuals who currently hold or are seeking managerial positions in professional organisations.

The course will enable students to become efficiently equipped with all the necessary skills and knowledge in order to advance in international organizations and achieve positive results when operating in executive positions.

Each Doctoral student  must take a number of online modules and also complete a dissertation. Students must defend their dissertation in a "viva voce" (oral) examination which can be completed online. The viva voce examination is an intense and challenging experience, but we offer relevant guidance and support to help our research students prepare for this important milestone.

Aims of the Programme
●Develop a sound understanding of the relevant conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of your chosen area of research into business and management
●Have a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic and management enquiry
●Create and interpret knowledge through original research. Enhance both your performance as a reflective practitioner and your professional practice
●Develop personal, consultancy and research competences to undertake rigorous research at an advanced level that contributes to theory and practice in business and management

Objectives of the Programme
The goal of the DBA program is to prepare the next generation of business leaders. The cornerstone of the doctoral experience at the UU School of Doctoral Studies is the research apprenticeship that all students undertake, typically under the guidance of their assigned dissertation supervisor.


Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for admission are:

  • An accredited Master’s degree in a relevant subject area.  Students may be considered for doctoral study if their degree is in an unrelated field provided, they have relevant professional experience and can prove their ability to work at doctorate level.  A wide range of international qualifications may also be considered. Students are advised to contact the Office of Admissions to find out more about the range of international academic qualifications accepted.
  • Official Master’s degree transcripts
  • Recognized proof of English proficiency if previous studies were not taught in the English language.  Otherwise, an IELTS score 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing component and no individual component lower than 6.0) is required; or an English Placement Test result with a 6.5 equivalence (provided no score in each individual component is less than 6.0).
  • Up to date CV
  • Two official letters of recommendation (one academic and one professional)
  • Research proposal 
  • Copy of valid passport or national ID
  • Evidence of ability to undertake independent research

All applicants who satisfy the above listed requirements are invited to an interview where a final admission decision will be made.

Programme Outline

Foundation Courses

Course Code Course Title Credits
UU-DOC-IND100-ZM Induction Module 0.00

Core requirements (required modules)

Course Code Course Title Credits
UU-DBA-810-ZM Research Methods 30.00
UU-DBA-820-ZM Current issues in Management Research 30.00
UU-DBA-830-ZM Leadership 30.00
UU-DBA-840-ZM Strategic Management 30.00
UU-DBA-900-1-ZM DBA Dissertation (Part 1) 60.00
UU-DBA-900-2-ZM DBA Dissertation (Part 2) 60.00
UU-DBA-900-3-ZM DBA Dissertation (Part 3) 60.00
UU-DBA-900-4-ZM DBA Dissertation (Part 4) 60.00
UU-DBA-995-ZM DBA Doctoral Dissertation Examination 0.00
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