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Doctor of Business Administration (Teach Out)

Doctor of Business Administration (Teach Out)

The programme is delivered via lectures, seminars, workshops, business games and simulations and directed independent study. This will be supported through

  • The creation of a learning environment which fosters debate and constructive argument;
  • Modules which encourage students to critically assess theory and leading edge practice with a view to creating new concepts and practices for the future;
  • Practical projects which foster originality of thought and enterprise;
  • Exercises which develop critical analysis of financial statements.

Students will be presented with increasingly complex business scenarios (case studies) and will be encouraged to gain a deeper and wider perspective of the business problem, while at the same time maintaining the strategic view which is the key concern of the MBA student.

Programme Overview

Awarding authority University of Northampton, UK
Academic Year/Time Schedule/Programme Duration Duration of course is 4 years
Mode Full Time / Part Time
Teaching Amenities, Facilities etc Lecture rooms, Library, Computer lab, Student lounge


Age Requirements

25 years old

Language Requirements
  • English language is the entry requirement for Postgraduate Research study at University of Northampton.
  • This is currently an overall IELTS score (or equivalent) of 7.0 with component no less than 6.5.
Academic Requirements

Applicants will need to meet all of the following criteria ::

  • Hold a Masters Degree in a business-related subject, completed within the last ten years. Exceptionally a long standing career in senior management with evidence of significant achievement coupled with a good first degree can be considered for APL(Advanced Prior Learning).
  • Have a minimum of five year’s relevant work experience, at least some of which should be at senior level.
  • Be employed in a leadership/management role capable of supporting the achievement of the programme learning outcomes, including the thesis.


Course Application fee
Course Application Fee* Local Students : S$500 (Onetime Only)
International Students : S$1000 (Onetime Only)

– Course application fee is non refundable.
– Fees indicated are exclusive of GST.

Fees Breakdown Total Payable (S$)
  Local International
Tuition Fee 46000 46000
Total Course Fees Payable 46000 46000
  1. Fees indicated are exclusive of GST.
  2. Valid Employment Pass / Special Pass / Work Permit Holders to will pay ‘Local’ Course Fees.
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    A combination of written assessment including essay, portfolio, assignment, working on data sets, presenting and leading seminars will be used. These are designed to support your learning and develop the skills required to defend your ideas at doctoral level.

    Career Opportunities

    You would already be well advanced in your career. Nevertheless, as the number of MBA holders continues to grow, the DBA enables you to differentiate yourself in the employment marketplace and to enhance your preparedness for higher level management and/or consultancy roles. The programme achieves the above by developing your skills in thought leadership for organisational change and development, thereby building your capacity to address complex business problems of strategic significance through the creative and innovative application of scholarly ideas. Also DBA equips the practitioners to have academics as a second career.

    How to apply

    All applicants will be required to submit the following documents with their application:

    • A 1000 – 1500 word research proposal – Guidance notes will be provided
    • Two reference letters
    • Photocopies of educational certificates and transcripts
    • Detailed Resume / CV
    • Evidence of English language ability (where English is not the first language)

    Assessment Regulations : UMF (University Modular Framework) regulations apply.

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    Principles of Research (Business)

    This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to explore the principles of research which underpin investigations in a variety of applied settings. Students will critically examine the various ontological and epistemological approaches to knowledge within their discipline and develop a critical awareness of the ethical dilemmas.

    Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis

    This module aims to develop skills in quantitative data analysis to an advanced level. You will have the opportunity to develop operational familiarity with a wide range of data management and analytic techniques which are commonly in use in professional research. They will explore how these techniques may be applied in practice by interrogating established research data sets. By the end of the module you will be conversant with a broad range of tools which may be considered for use in the doctoral thesis.

    Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis

    In recent years, the application of qualitative approaches to both research and evaluation within the professional arena has been steadily gathering momentum. Some would argue that such techniques can help bridge the gap between scientific evidence and professional work-based practice by enabling researchers to gather ‘richer’ descriptive data which provides valuable insights into the attitudes, beliefs, perceptions, and experiences of a range of stakeholders. By the end of the module, you should be conversant with a broad range of tools and techniques associated with qualitative methodological approaches, and their philosophical underpinnings, which will then be considered for use in the doctoral thesis.

    Developing Leadership in Business Research

    This module aims to develop your skills in translating research into practice through the review of research culture, opportunities and an investigation of issues associated with the leadership and management or research. You will examine potential barriers to the development of a research based work environment, including those at organizational, strategic and personal levels. You will explore mechanisms for overcoming challenges and develop innovative research leadership strategies appropriate to your own working environment.

    Reflecting on Business Practice

    This module gives you the opportunity to acquire appropriate evidence and reflect critically upon existing practice and on your own experiences within a professional context. You will identify an appropriate topic aligned to your own professional area of expertise and explore the appropriateness of current practice by designing, conducting and analyzing an appropriate audit or evaluation with a clear reference to the relevant research literature. You will reflect on your findings and make evidence based recommendations for the improvement of practice.

    The Research Proposal (Business)

    This module aims to draw together the knowledge and skills provided in the preceding modules so that students can define an original work based research project with clear aims and research philosophical underpinning. Students will be expected to translate this into a research proposal and plan that covers methodology and methods and ethical considerations and knowledge and skills to an opportunity to explore the principles of research which underpin investigations in a variety of applied settings.

    Professional Research

    Professional research is the thesis which requires you to design, conduct and defend a piece of original research that makes a contribution to knowledge and to practice. The facilitated modules are designed to support you in identifying the topic for investigation and developing your research proposal to the level required. You will be expected to produce a written thesis of 40,000 words which will be examined the same way as a traditional PhD. You will be given supervisory support during the writing period. A supervisory team is allocated to you when you have completed the taught modules, although it is likely that you will have been given the opportunity to meet potential supervisors during the first two years of study.

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