Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

The doctoral ‘journey’ is frequently long and lonely. Unlike undergraduate and postgraduate programmes doctoral students are often isolated and consequently believe they must struggle alone. Communication with tutors may not be enough.


Developing a ‘doctoral mindset’ and appropriate research skills can be challenging. Therefore we seek to provide you with helpful guides, interactive exercises, training material and practitioner stories through which you will be able to connect and interact.

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The DBA programme is composed of six taught elements, which scaffold and develop student’s competence in the research methods to explore their own professional practice. The modules are taught online with an optional residency element. These modules are then complemented with specialised contemporary modules in business to complement the specialisations of the DBA research area. Our unique approach Each DBA research degree student is supported by one supervisor who is interested in the student’s particular area of study. In our unique approach, an experienced senior business professional will also support and mentor the student in the practitioner work-based element of their study. All of our professional practitioners are at senior management or CEO level and also have at least Master’s qualifications and at least 20 years of senior management experience. Action learning Mindful of the ever-changing challenges that confront the business leader every day, our approach to learning brings like-minded individuals together in a community of practice to learn from their collective experiences. Our DBA is designed to foster a community of learning between student and teacher as well as student to student


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Our online DBA programme is aimed towards relevant work-based research that is relevant to the student’s organisation. Our carefully chosen tutors come from backgrounds that are from academic as well as professional because we see the value in a DBA that produces actionable knowledge which directly benefits the student’s organisation. Practice-based Learning The DBA programme is designed so that the student will develop the necessary skills necessary for research in their own organisations and will develop research-based thinking in the workplace. The skills developed will be transferable far beyond the DBA and will deepen the understanding of the student about implementing new business ideas as well as evaluating workplace problems. Programme outline Students complete their qualification with an original thesis based on a critical project undertaken in their organisation. Unlike a thesis for PhD research, this thesis is designed to produce new, actionable knowledge for immediate use. The programme consists of two modules focussing on research methods and literature review, the six more modules from the list available.


Different pathways that work best for you.

There are two modes of entry to the DBA. The first is through our normal 4-5 year pathway, starting at year 1 and progressing through the normal cycle taking the full list of compulsory modules.

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The second method is through our unique direct entry route, which allows you to start in year 3 and complete your DBA within 3 years. In order to be accepted into the fast-track DBA, you need an MBA or equivalent and 5 years of senior management experience.

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Our Partners

The International Telematic University UNINETTUNO is a distance teaching university established in 2005 and recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. It delivers academic titles having legal status in Italy, Europe and worldwide Uninettuno is a global online University with over 23,000 students. A leading global university in distance education, the online teaching proposed by Uninettuno is a guarantee of quality, professionalism and innovation.

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UNINETTUNO students, coming from more than160 countries, can access their courses from wherever they are with no limits of space and time: the psycho-pedagogic and didactic model was born from the results achieved by 25 years of international research programs.


Award-winning University

The International Telematic University UNINETTUNO is awarded the E-excellence quality label for the best didactic and psycho-pedagogical models adopted on its e-learning platform. The quality label is awarded to the UNINETTUNO by European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU). UNINETTUNO is among the three best Universities, furthermore, the only distance university that got the grade “B – fully satisfactory” by the evaluation of Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR). The outcome gained testifies to the excellence of its teaching and organizational model, which is shared and acknowledged by both the International and the Italian scientific community, and also to the flaws of the other Italian distance institutions in terms of teaching quality.