University of Winchester

University of Winchester

Business Administration

This course is for experienced senior managers or business professionals, who already possess graduate qualifications, and who wish to develop their professional expertise to an advanced level while making a contribution to professional knowledge. It is designed to meet the needs of executives who wish to strengthen their knowledge of leading-edge management thinking, whilst developing academic and industry-based research skills to equip them for more senior roles.

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have an Honours degree in the 1st or 2.1 range, a professional management qualification, and a Master's degree in a relevant area. Applicants typically are actively engaged as a practising manager or professional in the workplace and have had 5 years middle or senior management experience with responsibility for people, and/or functions, and/or technical expertise. It is expected that applicants would have some experience of change management or leadership. In addition, suitable candidates who are in a career break, but who have access to a workplace for research purposes, will also be considered.

Course modules

Year 1: the critical reflective practitioner; thought leadership in context; maximising engagement and impact. Year 2: philosophy, methodology and ethics of research; contemporary research methods; pilot study.

Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods are employed during the taught phase of the degree. An indicative list of assessment types you might encounter includes literature reviews, reports, presentations, essays, portfolios and pilot studies. There are regular opportunities to receive formative feedback from both peers and tutors. After 2 and a half years, students move on to the thesis stage where, rather than submitting formal set assignments, progress is evaluated throughout the year. The candidate finally submits a 55,000-word thesis which is assessed by means of a viva voce.


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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King Alfred Campus Winchester SO22 4NR South East

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01962 826422