Professional Doctorate in Doctorate in Business Administration

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    • Part-time
    • January, May, September
    • DBA
    •  Four years and four months (part-time) – with the option to extend
    • January 2023
    • All fees are subject to annual increase

    Discover how to confidently and expertly lead organisations to success.

    There’s never been a more crucial time to develop your management and leadership skillset.

    Technological advancements and globalisation have forced organisations, regardless of size, to become internationally minded. This, in turn, has caused the roles of those in business administration to evolve.

    Organisations need professionals with sophisticated research skills, who understand the needs of the industry and are able to both transfer and employ academic knowledge.

    Why this Doctorate in Business Administration?

    Our Global Doctorate in Business Administration* (DBA) is a high-level, professional business and management programme with international focus.

    Fully online and part-time, this course is designed for private and public sector management professionals, keen to take their careers to new heights whilst continuing with their current work.

    In your first year, you’ll experience rigorous taught modules, progressing onto the research phase of the programme. Your supervisory team will support though throughout, as you conduct applied, work-based research on topics of your choosing.

    This is your opportunity to advance your professional knowledge and skillset, whilst helping to solve business challenges in your workplace, immediately and well into the future.

    Find out more about what makes this DBA the best choice for you.

    *Subject to final validation

    What you’ll study

    Combining theory and application, the Global DBA will help improve your practice as a more efficient, agile leader.

    You’ll learn how to:

    • Perform ethical research of real-life business and managerial issues in a multidisciplinary, complex environment
    • Effectively manage and implement financial, physical, and human resources in your organisation
    • Gain the most up-to-date knowledge of your specialist area
    • Think in new ways, question convention, and provide authoritative answers to research and practical challenges
    • Become an inspirational leader in an ever-changing environment of professional practice.

    For a breakdown of each module you’ll cover, get in touch with our team today.

    How you learn and how you’re assessed

    This programme is 100% online, and as a part-time, flexible course, it fits around busy lifestyles. All of your course materials can be found on Moodle, our virtual learning environment – on demand and available no matter where you are. Study resources might include webinars, podcasts, discussion forums, videos, and more.

    When it comes to monitoring your progress, you’ll be assessed through the coursework you submit online. It could include written assignments and a research and development project. You’ll also have the chance to receive formal and informal feedback throughout the course from your tutors and peers, and will be encouraged to self-reflect and evaluate your own performance too.

    Discover more about online learning at Portsmouth and book your virtual Moodle tour with one of our course advisors.

    Career prospects and support

    Earning a DBA shows the world you are not only an authority in your chosen field, but you’re driven to develop academically, professionally, and personally. Unlike a PhD, the DBA’s hands-on approach to applied business theory means that when you graduate, you’ll be in a position to act as the bridge between the business and academic world. All of this makes you an attractive prospect to employers.

    Should you need advice or support, our brilliant Careers and Employability Service are on hand to help.

    Entry requirements

    • A postgraduate qualification or equivalent in a relevant management-related subject
    • At least three years’ business and management experience
    • Proof that you’ve recently undertaken Continuing Professional Development or leadership experience in a relevant business area and management/management science will also be taken into account
    • IELTS level 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each component) or other evidence of English language proficiency, if it isn’t your first language.

     You’ll also be asked to submit:

    • research proposal and a personal statement
    • Evidence of your first degree and grades (officially certified and translated copies if they aren’t in English)
    • Evidence of a relevant postgraduate degree with a minimum of 60 credits completed
    • Two referees or references on official headed paper (ideally one should be an academic reference)
    • Proof of your English language proficiency (see above)
    • A current copy of your CV

    Once we’ve taken a look at your application, we might invite you to an online interview.

    Not sure if you’re eligible to apply? Get in touch with one of our friendly and expert course advisers to discuss your experience and options on +44 (0)23 9400 3692, or email 

    Visit the Doctorate in Business Administration page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

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