Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

  • DBA complexity and identity
  • Live discovery events every semester
  • A dedicated research centre for DBA students
  • Global issues, reflective activities & independent research
  • No lectures, no seminars, bring your curiosity
  • The best knowledge is knowledge of oneself

A new DBA experience. Learn with world-changing thinkers, academics and practitioners 

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 online social learning experiences
  • Live discovery events 
  • A dedicated research centre to support your thesis
  • Limited places to maximise engagement

No lectures No seminars | Bring your curiosity 

Key Facts

Course Length:
6 years minimum (two years taught plus four years to complete thesis)

Scholarships and Bursaries

Swansea Business School
Contact Name:
Dr Gareth Hughes
Contact Email:
Language Choice:

Full-time Study

The DBA is also available as a full-time degree on our London Campus.
Visit the London Campus Website to find out more.

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 element of reflection on professional practice distinguishes the professional doctorate from the award of a PhD.

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 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.

Part One - Taught Modules

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

Part Two - Thesis

Part two of the programme entails the carrying out of a research project, culminating in a 60,000-word doctoral thesis that makes a contribution to knowledge and practice.

  • Across the duration of the course, you will attend learning events that will provide the opportunity to discover things about yourself, complexity and the world around you. 
  • 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.
  • Award-winning online learning environment - Curatr.

We design the experience. All you need is curiosity.

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. Interested in applying? Please send an expression of interest email along with your CV to Gareth Hughes.

Bursary for Alumni (20% fee discount) - this is for Only part 1 taught modules.

For more detail about the fees and pricing structure please contact Gareth Hughes