The Professional Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) allows you to conduct applied, practice-oriented research on topics that are directly relevant to your employing organisation and provides benefits both for your own career as well as for your employer. We offer a broad range of highly qualified and experienced supervisors to guide our DBA students through their individual empirical research projects. During the first year, the taught units provide in-depth training in research methods and also support your professional development. Most of these units are taught and led by Portsmouth Business School professors, and all enjoy further input and support from experienced research-active academic staff.
Teaching and assessment
In the first year, you will attend three one week blocks of intensive tuition in four units, concentrating on enhancing your research skills and professional development. You will also be allocated a mentor who will assist in refining the exact nature of the research project that you will conduct at the research stage of your DBA. Upon successful completion of year one, you progress to the research stage where you will conduct your own individual empirical research on a major issue that is relevant to your employing organisation.
This programme has been designed for management professionals who wish to advance their careers by studying and researching for a doctoral degree in business and management.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
A master's degree or equivalent in an appropriate management related subject. All applicants require a minimum of three years relevant business and management experience. Evidence of recent Continuing Professional Development or leadership experience in a relevant area of business and management/management science will also be considered.
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.75 (Grade B)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.
The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.