Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Surrey Business School, University of Surrey the United Kingdom

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The award
DBA

How long you will study
48 - 72 Months

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How you will study
part-time

Course starts
Anytime

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About Doctor of Business Administration at Surrey Business School, University of Surrey

The DBA teaching and learning strategy is based on three stages.

Stage one

Is for those who do not hold an appropriate Masters level qualification in management. Those who do hold an acceptable Masters degree in a management area may be exempted from this stage and be allowed to proceed directly on to Stage two. The School does not take registrations for Stage one at present.

Stage two

This stage takes approximately two years part-time or distance learning. Registration for the DBA will be at the start of this stage.

Stage two

Consists of four taught modules: Research Methods for Management, Qualitative Research, Quantitative Research, and Critical Evaluation of Published Research. This is followed by the preparation of a Literature Review.

Stage three

This stage takes about two years of part-time or distance learning work. It consists of the development and submission of a research proposal, delivering a seminar and the submission of a thesis. The research proposal (4,000 words) presents a fully developed subject/question for investigation. The seminar presentation will be based on the work in progress. The thesis will consist of about 65,000 words and an oral defence. Each component of the course has to be completed successfully before embarking onto the next component. The minimum period allowed for completion of the DBA (Stages two and three) in part time or distance learning will be 48 months and the maximum 72 months.

Start Dates

Start dates at regular intervals, depending on student numbers

Study options for this course

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  • The awardDBAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study48 - 72 months
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  • The awardDBAHow you will studyDistanceHow long you will study48 - 72 months
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Entry requirements

MBA or other approved Masters degree in Management, with high passes. At least 36 months work experience after 1st degree. English to at least 6.5 IELTS. IT skills and access to software and hardware to allow competent search and analysis (computer not provided in fees).

The Masters degree must have included some research experience such as a project or dissertation. Applicants will be experienced managers from the private or public sector, industry, commerce, services, education, health care, armed forces, local or central government, international bodies, academics, administrators.

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