De Montfort University

Doctor of Business Administration DBA

Leicester Campus
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Rank: 81 (The Complete University Guide)

Location: Leicester Campus


Study mode full-time

Degree: Doctorate

Start Date: 2020/09/01

Duration: 36 months

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The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme aims to provide you with novel and relevant management and leadership approaches which will allow you to operate in a reflective, reflexive, positive and constructive manner in order to achieve efficient and effective outcomes in dynamic individual and group interactions and also in wider contemporary organisational and international settings.This course is for senior professionals, researchers in commercial or public organisations, managers, entrepreneurs, consultants and anyone else who wants to build their forensic and investigative skills to deal with knowledge-based investigations, organisational innovation, change and ambiguity.


Entry requirements

This is a doctoral programme which requires honour undergraduate degree level entry (2.1) or equivalent. This indicates - professional qualification, membership of a professional body, high level managerial/directorial role etc. In addition, all DBA students will be interviewed and this will also form part of the entry criteria in line with DMU doctoral processes and policies. In addition, students will be required to draft a detailed research proposal at the time of their application. The research proposal will be referred to in the interview process. In order to enter the programme the student must have completed: an honours undergraduate degree (2.1); or have membership of a recognised (chartered) professional body; or be able to demonstrate equivalent professional qualification or managerial/directorial experience. And must have a substantial body of supervisory/managerial roles on a permanent or periodic basis. It is likely that this will have taken a period of time to accumulate and, for indicative purposes only, this might be, for example, five years. If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 (including a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or equivalent is normally required. English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

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IELTS: 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each)

Notice: This score might not be totally accurate. It is the default IELTS grade for De Montfort University, Business and management studies .

About this university

International students

The International Office is available for international students and covers areas such as recruitment and admissions. They are also available to offer advice on a wide range of subject, both in person and through an online chat option. They can offer assistance with matters such as visas advice and immigration matters as well as offering country specific information for students. There is also a Centre for English Language Learning within the university that offers lessons for students to whom English isn’t a first language. Some of these courses are even free of charge depending on what you are studying. The Campus Centre is home to the Student Union as well as a number of other student facilities and is at the heart of the campus. The three story, steel frame building was completed in 2003 as part of regeneration plans. As well as the union, it is home to student run media such as the radio station, TV station and newspaper as well as a food court and the lettings agency to help students find accommodation outside the campus. Another facility open to students is the Student Gateway, offering welfare and guidance on matters such as finance, jobs and careers, counselling and mental health issues. They are found within Gateway House. Outside the classroom, there is plenty to keep students active and occupied. There are 67 societies and clubs covering a range of subjects. There are 35 societies including arts, interest groups and volunteering opportunities while there are also 32 different sports to get involve with. These take part in the various university leagues around the country and involved competitive sports as well as recreational ones ranging from cricket and football to fencing and martial arts.

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