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Doctor of Business Administration

DBA – Doctor of Business Administration

The Secret of Success

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a professional doctorate providing a practical research-based approach to real management issues in real organisations. We adopt what we call a pracademic approach, where the academic is balanced by the practical
You will have the opportunity to blend the latest academic thinking with business knowledge, skills and practice, enabling a significant contribution to the enhancement of professional practice. A DBA is a pracademic version of a PhD and is more suited to those that want to pursue a career in senior business management, or who aspire to be captains of industry. This course is designed to generate new knowledge and understanding, which will contribute to enhancing the policies and practices of modern management.


The course has been designed to build on your management experience, skills and past academic achievement. You bring with you your past experiences and build on them.


If you are on the 4-year programme, the first taught stage you will consolidate and extend your specialist knowledge and research competence and help you develop a focused and viable research proposal.


Within the taught element for the standard entry DBA you will learn through a combination of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars and workshops. Contact hours total 50 hours per module. For the accelerated entry DBA, there will still be taught modules in the same way as the standard entry, but you will expected to be more self directed. All students are expected to conduct approximately 50 hours per module of independent study also. The DBA is a challenging programme demanding a combination of intellectual ability and experience.


You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.
The overall academic content and quality of your programme will be led by the Director of the DBA Programme. The Doctoral Programme Team will support you throughout the process through to graduation.

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.

We appreciate the prospect of studying on a DBA programme is a very big decision. If you would like an informal chat at an early stage in the process (prior to or after) going through the course text supplied) please contact our DBA Director:
Professor Vincent English FRSA FInstLM


Fees: €10,000 per year (scholarships available)
Enrolment Dates: January and September
Level: DBA (Level 10 Ireland, Level 9 UK/ EU)
Subject area(s): Business & Management
Award: DBA
Duration: 2.5-4 years
Attendance: Part-time (online)


Your research outline should address the following areas:
Justification for Study
Say how the DBA will help you pursue your career objectives
Work Experience
Relevant work and career experience that is relevant to your subject (highlighting the skills and experience gained).
Research Proposal
What you propose to research – the area and a key question representing the gap or opportunity that you propose to address
Research approach
How you would access and conduct the necessary research (This typically means the agreement and active co-operation of the organisation where your research activities are to take place).
How could this contribute to practice and outline proposals for sponsorship from organisation(s).


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