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Overview

A specialist DBA in Public Service Management is also available for professionals working in third and public sector organisations, seeking to develop a thesis in this field of study.

You will develop a high level of independent and critical thinking, contributing cutting-edge knowledge through research in your field.

The Doctor of Business Administration  at the University of South Wales  is ideal for ambitious managers who want to build on their already extensive and individual achievements, and who wish to engage in critical management thinking in a multidisciplinary and supportive environment.

Careers

Career enhancement to strategic levels in organisations is often sought by successful DBA candidates. DBA graduates have the ability to create and interpret new knowledge through original research. 

They produce first-class original research of publishable quality that sets them apart from other managers. This encompasses robust design, implementation, execution, and dissemination. This research also makes significant contributions to practice on many levels, within organisations, on an industry level, and on a policy level. Many of our graduates have progressed to senior positions in public sector, private sector, and academia.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Developing the Doctoral Research Project 
  •  The Theoretical and Practical Context for Doctoral Research 
  •  The Methodological Framework and Methods for Data Collection 
  • Analysing, Interpreting and Reflecting on Findings 
  • The Nature of the Contribution to Knowledge and Professional Practice

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    72

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    570

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

  • Minimum required score:

    50

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • Admission to the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) normally requires a Masters degree from a recognised academic institution. In addition, all applicants are required to provide evidence of significant professional or managerial experience.
  • All applicants must be able to access organisations to conduct their research. This will normally be your employing organisation but may include others. Access to support for the research study is essential in terms of initial selection and for the duration of the programme.
  • Applications must include two references on headed paper from your referees which should be uploaded as a supporting document. 

Tuition Fee

Part-time UK and EU: TBC

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