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Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

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Full time | Swansea Campus | 3 years | FEB-23

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

DBA - Doctor of Business Administration

Subject areas

Business Administration

Course type


Course Summary

Are you ready for the UWTSD DBA?

Complexity | Identity | A sense of place

  • A collaboration between world leading practitioners and top academics
  • Powerful award-winning social learning experiences
  • Live discovery events
  • A dedicated research centre to support your thesis
  • Limited places to maximise engagement

Why choose this course

  • An opportunity to make cutting edge contributions to both knowledge and practice.
  • To open up your career potential, both in industry and academia.
  • An opportunity to become an expert in your field.
  • To enhance your critical thinking and decision making skills.
  • An opportunity to work with peers across a wide variety of disciplines, expanding your professional network whilst becoming part of a vibrant research community.

Course Overview

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at the Swansea Business School 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 suitable for their career needs and ambitions. The element of reflection on professional practice distinguishes the professional doctorate from the award of a PhD.

The 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 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.


Resilience, Talent and Technology
21st Century Business and Societal Ethics
Applied Quantitative Business Research
Leadership and Decision Making in Complex Environments
Identity and Approaches to Applied Business Research
Applied Qualitative Business Research

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

The programme is open to candidates who have at least three years recent and relevant management experience. A minimum of a Master's degree or equivalent. Masters need to have an overall merit (60%).