Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

In the current business climate, it is increasingly important for business managers and leaders to update and advance their business knowledge and skills. The Doctor of Business Administration offers the opportunity for those who wish to make a career progression from middle/senior manager level to the board level. The DBA is the highest level of professional qualification available in business and management and can help you achieve those goals.

This DBA is founded upon three core themes – Value Creation, Strategy and Leadership. When integrated, these management skills are an essential formula for all businesses seeking to deliver sustainable value to shareholders.

The Doctoral curriculum is delivered in two structured stages and is benchmarked against the university Research Degree Regulations in particular specifically those for professional doctorates

Course Plan:


3 years


Course Fee

£ 22,950



  1. A UK Masters level degree with merit or an equivalent recognised University/Institution Masters Degree qualification in business, management or relevant subject areas or have a good Masters level degree in a cognate subject area or field of study.
  2. Overall IELTS 6.5 or equivalent with a minimum 6.5 in reading and writing and a minimum of 5.5 in listening and speaking components
  3. Candidates are normally required to have relevant management experience


Awarding Body

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Stage One of the Programme
Stage One of the programme is composed initially of eight taught, compulsory core modules, each of which is studied in an allocated learning period of typically eight weeks duration. Seven of these modules carry 20 credits each and Research Methodologies is a 40 credit module amounting to 180 credits in Stage One of programme. In each of these modules, candidates study a core aspect of the discipline. The overall learning experience in Stage One therefore provides an integrated programme of directed studies which forms the foundation for further independent study and research in Stage Two of the programme.

Core Modules:

  1. Value Creation for Business
  2. Strategic Thinking and Critical Analysis
  3. Strategy Road Maps
  4. Leading Innovation and Change
  5. Organisational Transformation
  6. Value Management
  7. Interpersonal Leadership
  8. Research Methodologies

Stage Two of the Programme
In Stage Two of the programme candidates are required to propose an area and field of study which is sufficiently comprehensive and challenging to meet the requirements of a thesis/research project submission amounting to 360 credits at Level 8. All topic/titles and thesis/research project areas are required to be approved by the university Research Degree Committee and are also subject to Ethics approval prior to candidates progressing to Stage Two study.

Doctoral Thesis

University Regulations are available here.

Full programme specification is available here

University’s Code of Practice for Research students is available here

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