Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

  • DBA complexity and identity
  • Live discovery events every semester
  • A dedicated research centre for DBA students
  • World-leading practitioners and top academics
  • 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, held once a semester 
  • A dedicated research centre to support your thesis
  • Limited places to maximise engagement

No lectures No seminars | Bring your curiosity 

Key Facts

Course Length:
Part-time: 4 years (minimum)
Start Date: September

Scholarships and Bursaries

Swansea Business School
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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 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

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.

  • 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.
  • Award-winning online learning environment - Curatr 

    We design the experience. All you need is curiosity.

Dr David Griffiths 

Dr David Griffiths is an internationally recognised and award-winning learning designer. He led the design of the CPA CoE project (USA), winning an ASAE 'Power of A' Elite Summit Award. The Elite Summit Award is a prestigious national award, awarded to CPA CoE for a learning & development program that makes an exemplary commitment to creating a stronger America and world, and a positive influence upon the daily lives of society at large.

A minimum of a good Master's degree or equivalent. Interested in applying? Please send an expression of interest email along with your CV to the programme leader Dr David Griffiths.  

  • Accreditation for prior learning at Masters level - recognition of prior learning may be possible allowing you to complete (and pay for) a reduced number of modules.  
  • Bursary for Alumni (20% fee discount)
  • Bursary  for those who have the potential to develop publication quality outputs (20% fee discount)

For more detaila about the fees and pricing structure please contact the Programme Director David Griffiths.