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The Swansea Business School part-time DBA is an exciting opportunity for experienced managers to further their qualifications, combining research and practical reflective activities.

The DBA offers a relevant and manageable doctorate for managers who may feel the traditional PhD is not relevant to their career needs and ambitions.

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a professional doctorate which provides a structured programme of study through taught modules, closely integrated with an individual’s professional career development. It is widely recognised as the pinnacle of qualifications in the world of business and management. This DBA programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals working in Business Administration and Management related areas in the UK and international markets.

The programme is open to candidates who have at least three years recent and relevant management experience. It aims to provide students with both a thorough grounding in the philosophy, principles and practice of business administration and management research, and a critical understanding of key contemporary and global issues affecting all types and sectors of business. The term business is used in its widest sense as this degree may also be undertaken by those who work in social enterprises, voluntary and not-for-profit organisations.

The programme has two parts, and is composed of taught modules and a doctoral-level work-based research project. The element of reflection on professional practice distinguishes the professional doctorate from the award of a PhD.

Key Features

A collaboration between world leading practitioners and top academics

Powerful award-winning online social learning experiences

Live discovery events, held once a semester

A dedicated research centre to support your thesis

Limited places to maximise engagement

Every semester you will spend two to three days discovering things about yourself, complexity and the world around you at live events.

These events are designed to extend theory, concepts, frameworks and practice through the use of spaces that connect you and what you learn to the wider world.


The award of DBA is made on the successful achievement of 540 credits at Levels 7 and 8.

Part One*:

Candidates will study three compulsory modules of research methods:

Approaches to Research and Academic Communication
Qualitative Research
Quantitative Research Methods
and three compulsory modules from:

Visions for the Future – Theoretical Perspectives on Management
Strategic Change and Organisations
Managing in Complex Environments: Strategies, Insights and Solutions
Entrepreneurial Perspectives
*advanced standing may apply for candidates with extensive research methods training or who have completed a relevant programme of study on the equivalent level.

Part Two:

This element comprises a taught module, Preparing for Doctoral Research and a work-based research project at doctoral level of 60,000 words.

Research is focused on workplace practice, enabling advanced practitioners to undertake a doctoral programme whilst also making a significant contribution to their own professional practice as well as their organisation’s development.

Visit the DBA - Doctor of Business Administration (Part-time) page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!




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