Course details

Online Global DBA

Mode: 100% online (with optional face-to-face events)
Length: 16 months taught, 3 years + for research*
Guide fees: £6,950 per year (funding options and instalments are available)
Start dates: January, May and September
Next start date: September 2024 (date tbc)
Application deadline: September 2024 (date tbc)
Next welcome week: September 2024 (date tbc)
Application form: Start your application for September 2024 now

*The average student will take 5 years in total to complete their DBA

Structure  
Year 1: Taught stage
Year 2: Completion of taught stage and start of research stage
Year 3 onwards:  Completion of research stage

Course overview

As organisations everywhere go global, it’s more important than ever to stand out in your field – whether you work in public or private sector management. Our Global Professional Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) course is a transformative programme designed to make you thrive as an accomplished international business leader.

This course opens with an intensive taught phase, during which you’ll receive insights and feedback from our expert academics. The second phase is heavily research-based and involves delving into a topic of direct interest to you, with the support of a supervisory team.

With a focus on applied research and practical insights, this DBA prepares you to influence business landscapes, cultivate global networks, and make impactful contributions to the evolving world of international business leadership.

Key benefits of the Global DBA

Networking
An international network

Connect with like-minded, ambitious minds across the globe and form a robust professional network.

Innovation
Innovative thinking

Cultivate the forward-thinking, strategic mindset required to think outside the box.

Leadership
Strong leadership skills

Develop the people-skills required to inspire and lead a talented workforce toward success.

Prestige
World-class prestige

Acquire professional credentials that truly reflect the calibre of your business knowledge and acumen.

What you’ll study

This course will help you adopt a highly efficient approach to your practice by integrating both theory and application. You'll learn how to: 

  • Conduct ethical research on real business and managerial issues in a complex, multidisciplinary environment

  • Manage and make effective use of the appropriate physical, financial, and human resources within your organisation

  • Attain command of the latest knowledge and understanding appropriate to your area of professional practice 

  • Challenge current thinking and provide authoritative solutions to practical and research problems

  • Influence and provide inspiration and leadership for others in a changing environment of professional practice 

All course materials are available on demand and can be accessed from wherever you are in the world. Find out more about how you'll learn with us

How you'll learn

What makes this course unique?

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Modules

This introductory module will enable you to conduct a critical self-evaluation and identify your own learning requirements in relation to your doctoral programme of study and your own continuous professional development (CPD). 

The Advanced Research Techniques module is key to your research practice. In this module, you’ll learn how to successfully employ appropriate research theory and methodology in your own doctoral study and professional work. 

This module focuses on analysing and critiquing publication and dissemination methods within the field. It will cover both academic and professional dissemination in journals, books, and conferences, as well as examine the need to communicate effectively with a range of professional groups. 

During this module, you‘ll consolidate prior learning and begin preparation of a costed, achievable, and well-argued proposal for a programme of professional research and development. Your proposal will be reviewed and approved by the module coordinator alongside a second marker. 

Once you have completed all four taught modules, you’ll progress to the research stage of the programme, which involves your DBA thesis. This is expected to take three years, with an allocated supervisory team to guide and support you. 

How you're assessed

All assessments for the course are based on coursework submitted online. Your performance is assessed through coursework such as: 

  • Written assignments 
  • A research and development project 

Opportunities for formal and informal feedback will be provided so you can improve your work for the future. 

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Fees and funding

Entry requirements

To join this course, you must have: 

  • A postgraduate level qualification or equivalent in an appropriate management related subject 
  • A minimum of three years’ relevant business and management experience 
  • Evidence of recent Continuing Professional Development or leadership experience in a relevant area of business and management/management science will also be considered 
  • English language proficiency at IELTS level 6.5 with no component score below 6.0 (or other acceptable proof), if English is not your first language 

When applying, you will also be required to submit: 

  • Proof of a relevant postgraduate degree with at least 60 credits having been completed 
  • Details of two referees or two references on official headed paper, one of which should ideally be an academic reference 
  • Proof of your English language proficiency (if English is not your first language) 
  • An up-to-date copy of your CV 
  • Following a review of your application, you may be invited to attend an online interview. 

Unsure about whether you’re eligible to apply? Speak to one of our course advisers on +44(0)23 9431 1545, or email info@study-online.port.ac.uk 

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Career prospects and opportunities

Our rapidly changing world requires professionals who can offer expertise in specific areas rather than broad information in various topics. Your DBA will allow you to specialise in a chosen topic, further your professional body of knowledge, and advance your management career. 

Upon graduation, you’ll be able to act as a bridge between the academic and business world – applying critical thinking and advanced research capabilities to address business issues and drive innovative solutions. 

These skills, coupled with the support you can receive from our exceptional Careers and Employability Service, will help position you as a valuable hire to employers across the world. 

To learn more about the paths of progression available to you after graduation, visit our Careers and opportunities page: 

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Teaching team

Myropi Garri

Dr Myropi Garri

Course Leader

I have taught thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate students, designed and coordinated strategy and research modules, and supervised research projects and PhDs.

Yuksel Ekinci

Yuksel Ekinci

Module Leader

With 20+ experience as an active researcher and international academic, my research interests revolve around how we can find solutions to applied marketing problems.

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Shabbar Jaffry

Prof Shabbar Jaffry

Module Leader

My research and consultancy projects have involved defence manpower, local and regional economies, banking efficiency, profitability and productivity, and more.

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Adéle Bezuidenhout

Adéle Bezuidenhout

Module Leader

My doctorate is in Industrial and Organisational Psychology with a focus on the experience of female academics in terms of burnout, work engagement and sense of coherence.

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Karen Johnston

Karen Johnston

Module Leader

My research interests are in the areas of public administration and management, public sector human resource management and gender studies.

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