University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Business Administration

You will have the opportunity to participate in doctoral workshops at which you will present the development of your research thinking and ideas. Your presentation will normally be critiqued by both fellow students and members of academic staff. Much of your time will be spent working independently on your professional development plan, literature review and research proposal development. You will also be able to access an impressive range of e-research methods materials online to further enhance your understanding of research.

Entry requirements

Between 5 and 7 years� work experience, with a substantial part in a managerial role; MBA or MSc (preferably management-related) or a professional business qualification.

Course modules

The DBA is undertaken in two parts. Part one: You will be requested to bring with you to the induction week your self assessment and initial research questions with an outline proposal for your research project. During the induction week you will meet your supervisory team which will consist of two members from our senior academic team appointed on the basis of their research interests matching your own. With their input, you will be able to refine your thinking around your research question and initial proposal. You will be asked to visit the School to present your revised development plan to your supervisors six weeks later. Shortly thereafter, you will take part in a five day assessed research course, where you will be required to submit a 5,000 word essay as part of the module. At the end of the first two years, and of part one of the programme you will be asked to: present your professional development plan and 5,000 word reflective document supported by a portfolio of evidence, and present a 5,000 word literature review and your research proposal. Part two: In the final two years you will continue to attend research workshops and engage with your supervisory team. In addition, you will be required to: write a 70,000 word thesis based on your original research, defend your thesis at a viva, and provide evidence of professional development based on the learning experience. This will take the form of a 5,000 word reflective document and a portfolio of evidence demonstrating how the learning has been applied in your professional practice. This will be assessed by your supervisory team.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
DBA Part-time - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ South East

Key information

Business and Law
Telephone number: 
023 8059 4393