Doctorate in Business Administration

Doctorate in Business Administration

Location:  Asia, London, Middle East, Paris
Start Date:  Contact Centre
Courses Info
Course Information

The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) programme is aimed at middle to senior level managers who aspire towards achieving a doctoral qualification through a practice-based route.The programme has a strong practice focus, and embeds the latest research methodologies in equipping students with cutting-edge critical thinking and analytical skills, advancing knowledge, and facilitating knowledge transfer into organisational improvement, innovation, and value creation. The qualifications, skills, and knowledge gained by candidates will enable them to seek senior management and leadership positions within their organisations and potentially consulting and policy making roles for a wider professional impact.

The candidates will be in a unique position to effect strategic change on organisational policies, processes, and revenue, and also create a transformative impact on organisational and sectoral approaches and philosophies. Candidates will also be able to contribute to furthering knowledge through consulting, networking, and academic collaborative roles.

The DBA programme has been designed and developed according to the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) Doctoral Degrees Characteristics (2011) and to the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ 2008) Qualification Descriptors and has been evaluated at the UK Level 8 (Doctoral) Standard.

The DBA degree is awarded by Pôle Paris Alternance (PPA) a French Government recognised and approved Institution of Higher Education.

Programme educational objectives
  1. To support candidates in achieving doctoral-level qualifications through advanced knowledge and cutting edge critical thinking and analytical skills.
  2. To enable students to attain senior management, leadership positions and consulting and policymaking roles within their organisations and across wider professions.
  3. To facilitate students in effecting a transformative change that impacts on policies and practices within their immediate and wider organisational context.
Programme learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced levels of critical thinking, analytical, and conceptual skills, and make a unique, substantive contribution to knowledge.
  2. Demonstrate cutting edge research, methodological analytical skills in creating and contributing new knowledge.
  3. Demonstrate and apply advanced, scientific, empirical methods and data analytical skills to a critical organisational and business issue to develop practical solutions and create lasting impact.
  4. Contribute to existing knowledge, create new knowledge, and develop a continuous learning approach to shaping knowledge domains.
  5. Communicate effectively, the findings and implications of the research, and its impact on organisational teams and management to a wide and varied audience.
  6. Demonstrate a lasting contribution to organisational managerial practice through innovative solutions, new business models, value creation and enterprise potential.
  7. Demonstrate the highest standards of ethical probity, intellectual rigour, and systemic commitment in professional and academic practice.
  8. Exemplify leadership skills in effecting transformative socio-economic change to create a symbiotic, sustainable business-societal relationship.
The difference between a PhD and a DBA

A DBA programme of study is focused on working managers who are interested in management research of a practical nature that can yield benefits to their work environment, their organisation and for their career development. DBA studies addresses real world business and management issues through rigorous research that explains a specific organisational problem or issue. A business model may be derived from this research and analysis which may be applied towards different business and management contexts and situations.

A PhD programme of study in management is aimed towards students who wish to have a career in social sciences or academia. PhD students aim to produce and develop new management theories or to explore knowledge gaps. PhD students do not require any work experience to participate in their Doctoral studies. Their standing in academia depends upon the value of their publications in academic journals and production of papers.

DBA Admissions

We provide a unique approach to our Doctoral Studies. Applications to participate in DBA may be submitted at any time for consideration.
Candidates must submit their relevant application forms for consideration. Applications may be submitted online here – Application form for DBA
Students with Master’s degrees from any discipline are eligible for consideration for entry.
Your application must provide us with a broad outline of your intended area of study
This enables us to decide on the most suitable supervisor for your studies after you have confirmed to us that you intend to pursue our DBA.
You may however elect to have your own supervisor who could be your superior in your work place or another other nominated individual
If you intend to nominate your own supervisor we need to have to let us have his relevant CV to approve his appointment.
We reserve the right to reject the supervisor application. It is important for us to ensure that you have the correct support to complete the work.
After payment of the appropriate fees you will commence your online studies with Research Methodology
This will be an Intensive course programme delivered online with relevant resources that trains you to complete your research approach and work successfully. This will be taught online a one to one basis
If during the Research Methodology course the lecturer is of the opinion that you require additional statistical skillswe will provide this additional Statistics course

Course Fees:
The cost of the DBA programme is € 3,500 per year from the date of enrolment. Instalments plans are available on request.

Summary Doctor Of Business Administration
Duration Three Years
Type of programme Online and Supervised Research Doctoral Programme
Who is it for? Ambitious business executives & consultants
Pre-requisite qualifications Masters, MBA or equivalent work experience
Reasons for study Career enhancement; development of research skills; development of business expertise; building an international network of contacts
Learning support Taught research modules, virtual learning environment, expert supervision
Language English
Assessment Primer, research presentation, Thesis, up to 50,000 words, or thesis by publication(three artefacts)
Application procedure Research proposal, CV, academic transcript & certified copies of academic qualifications, application form
DBA Programme

Our DBA programme is a three year programme of studies which is designed for very senior and executive managers who wish to enhance their careers through a rigorous pathway of academic research and developing their critical analytical skills.

The programme is structured around a series of management and research modules that provides the requisite foundation for their selected research project. These modules are either delivered on a part time basis by our approved DBA providers or directly online with us.

Mantissa College offers the DBA programme, in compliance with the Malaysian Qualification Agency regulations, as follows

Year and Semester
Name of Subject
Credit Hour
Year 1 Semester 1 (Modular)
Organizational Behaviours and Human Resources Issues
DBA 8101
Modern Innovation and Entrepreneurship
DBA 8102
Strategic Marketing and Market Research
DBA 8103
Trends in Managing International Organization
DBA 8104
Year 1 Semester 2 (Modular – 1 subject per 1½ month)
Public Policy and Economic Issues
DBA 8105
Reporting for Financial Decision Making
DBA 8106
Operations Management Issues
DBA 8107
Business Strategy
DBA 8108
Year 1, Semester 3 (Modular)
Research Design and Methodology
DBA 8109
Advanced Statistics for Graduate Study
DBA 8110
Year 2 – Year 3
Thesis (50,000 words) & Viva Voce
DBA 8201
Total Credit Hours

The credit hours stated are in compliance with overseas Educational authority requirements. There are no ECTS range for these Doctoral subjects in France or Europe.

DBA by Publication

Thesis by publication situates a DBA candidate’s research on the world stage and validates its relevance to the international business community.

This route sets you on the path to recognition immediately and enables you to disseminate your results to a global audience straight away. It splits your thesis up into manageable sections, and enables you to learn from the journal feedback process. Publication of your work is one of the most effective ways of securing scholarships, funding and jobs. It defines your worth as an academic and is the principal currency in academia.

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