StudyQA — PhD: Doctor of Business Administration — Kingston University


Doctor of Business Administration

Study type:Part-time Languages: English
Local:$ 10.4 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 10.4 k / Year(s)  
801–1000 place StudyQA ranking:1711 Duration:60 months

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The Kingston DBA is one of the first of three DBA programmes globally to receive accreditation from the Association of MBAs. It offers those at senior management level the opportunity to build upon their MBA or business-related masters qualification and develop professional excellence through a programme of study that is both academically challenging and professionally relevant.

The Kingston DBA offers those at a senior level, whether in business, academia or the public sector, the opportunity to develop professional excellence through an academically challenging and professionally relevant programme of study.

The programme is designed to extend your knowledge of leading-edge business management issues and enable you to develop a high level of skill in areas such as business research, as well as gaining a multi disciplinary perspective on complex management issues.

The programme also focuses on personal and professional development skills, increasing your powers of critical self-reflection and enhancing your competence. The Kingston DBA offers the unique opportunity to obtain an MSc in Management and Business Studies Research as part of your progression through the programme.


Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1 structure
* Research Design and Data Collection
* Foundations of Data Analysis and Reporting
* Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
* Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
* Professional Development
* Research in Business Practice

Year 2 structure
* Research Colloquium
* The DBA Proposal
* Professional Development
* Research in Business Practice
* Business Research Workshops

Year 3 structure
* Research Colloquium
* Professional Development
* Professional Development Portfolio
* Research in Business Practice
* Business Research Workshops

Year 4 structure
* Research Colloquium
* Professional Development
* Professional Development Portfolio
* Research in Business Practice
* Business Research Workshops


Entry to the Kingston DBA is normally conditional on possession of all of the following:

* a masters-level degree, either an MBA or a specialist MA or MSc in a business related area (eg Marketing MA);
* evidence of substantial senior management or professional work experience, including within the academic profession, at a significant level or responsibility; and
* one academic and one professional reference, both of which must be received before the selection procedure can take place.

In exceptional cases, if you do not meet all of the above selection criteria you may still be considered provided you can demonstrate outstanding qualities in terms of:

* your managerial or professional experience;
* the intellectual capacity to deal with the demands of the programme; and
* the personal benefits that you could gain from your participation in, and contribution to, the programme.

Suitable candidates are invited to attend an interview at which you will make a presentation. This should:

* map out the way that the DBA relates to and will help your professional development; and
* demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of current thinking in one or more areas of management.

Holders of non-UK degrees will be subject to the University's normal entry procedures for equivalence of qualifications.

If you are in any doubt as to your candidacy, you are welcome to contact the doctoral programmes co-ordinator for an informal discussion.

International students
All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 7.0 overall with special conditions in all elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from one of the recognised Majority English Speaking Countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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