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DBA (Doctor of Business Administration)

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Part time 4–8 years 10 weekends in Year 1; five weekends in year 2; three weekends each in years 3 and 4 September 2015

Choose Kingston's DBA (Doctor of Business Administration)

Senior managers in business, academia and the public sector can develop professional excellence with Kingston's Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). Graduates leave this course with a high level of skill in areas such as business research, and gain a multi-disciplinary perspective on complex management issues.

This programme develops and enhances your management, critical and analytical skills as you research a topic that contributes to both theory and practice. You also get the opportunity to work on your personal development, increasing your powers of critical self-reflection and enhancing your competence.

  • The Kingston DBA was one of the first three DBA programmes internationally to receive accreditation from the Association of MBAs.
  • Study part time: weekend lectures make it easy to combine your studies with your work.
  • Attend classes on a leafy, peaceful hillside campus in the borough of Kingston upon Thames, which has been rated London's happiest borough and has the lowest crime rate in London, as well as fast transport links to the city centre. Take advantage of excellent and accessible facilities.
  • Kingston Business School's teaching quality has been rated 'excellent' by the Higher Education Funding Council - one of only a few of the UK business schools achieve this. You will get excellent support for you studies from dedicated supervisors and DBA alumni, on a campus with excellent facilities and within easy reach of central London.
  • As a DBA postgraduate researcher, you will receive an MSc in Management and Business Studies Research when you complete your initial training in research design, data collection, data analysis and reporting.
  • An excellent training for global business, with worldwide school and staff collaborations supporting an international curriculum that has global relevance.

"I can honestly say that my enthusiasm for the DBA grew over the whole four years. It was stimulating to meet people from different backgrounds all striving to achieve the same goal, but with very different interests and research areas." Dr Michael Collins.

Claire Ferguson

"The Kingston DBA course structure suited me with weekend lectures rather than mid-week commitments that I would never be able to keep." Dr Claire Ferguson
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Michael Collins

"I can honestly say that my enthusiasm for the DBA grew over the whole four years. It was stimulating to meet people from different backgrounds all striving to achieve the same goal, but with very different interests and research areas." Dr Michael Collins
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Course structure

This programme is studied part time, over four to eight years. Teaching takes place at the Kingston Hill campus. Weekend tuition normally takes place between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm.

Stage one

Stage is taught over 15 weekends spread over the first two years of the programme.

You will start with the induction programme in October of the first year, then attend for one weekend each month until July.

In the second year, you will attend for one weekend each in September, November, January, March and April. During this stage of the programme, you will complete the modules that make up the MSc in Management and Business Studies Research component of the DBA. You will also attend additional sessions for Professional Development, Research in Business Practice and Business Research Workshops.

By the end of stage one, you will have submitted your DBA Research Proposal and the Professional Development Log, and be ready to start the research for your DBA.

Stage two (Year three onwards)

Stage two is made up of three weekends a year (normally in September, January and May) and regular meetings with your director of studies and/or supervisory team. The weekend sessions will cover Professional Development, Research in Business Practice, Business Research Workshops and the Research Colloquium. This stage will continue until you submit your DBA thesis and Professional Development Portfolio.

Assessment

50,000-word thesis, portfolio and oral exam.

Modules in year one

  • Foundations of Business and Management Research
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Personal and Professional Development

Modules in year two onwards

  • Research Colloquium
  • DBA Proposal (year 2 only)
  • Professional Development
  • Business Research Workshops

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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Accreditation

The Kingston DBA is one of the first three DBA programmes internationally to receive accreditation from AMBA (Association of MBAs).

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Eduniversal ranking logo Kingston Business School has once again been awarded 'Excellent' business school status, following a vote by 250 deans and directors from the best Business Schools in the world. Find out more.

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