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Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

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

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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

No lectures No seminars | Bring your curiosity.


Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

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

Contact Name: Dr Caroline Jawad

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
To be confirmed

Why choose this course

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

What you will learn

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.

Module Topics

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 Century 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.

Swansea Business Campus

Key Information

Entry Criteria

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%).

For international students there is a requirement for an average IELTS score (or equivalent in any other approved test) of 6.5 with no lower than 6.5 in reading and writing and with no lower than 5.5 in listening and speaking.

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

Additional Costs

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 us

Extra costs to be borne by the student
As an institution we seek to continually enhance the student experience and as a result additional costs maybe incurred by the student on activities that will add value to their education. Where possible these costs will be kept to a minimum with additional activities being optional.

Field trips and placement costs
Field trips will be available for students, which are optional. Costs for UK and International trips will be provided at the beginning of the academic year.

Students undertaking placements abroad will incur travel, living and possibly accommodation costs. The amount will depend upon location and current state of the UK pound. For students undertaking placements in the USA additional visa costs will apply.

Students will be expected to pay four weeks prior to field trips taking place. Travel and visa costs for overseas placements, three months before departure."

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.


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