Doctor of Business Administration

Doctor of Business Administration
What is the DBA?
The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Programme delivered at Amity Global Business School (Awarded by University of Northampton, UK) is designed for motivated, high achievers who want to develop their research, analytical and critical thinking skills to the highest level. It is a programme that offers a new route to a doctoral qualification and is the highest qualification available in business and management. The DBA is a structured programme and will help you gain a strategic focus that will enable you to contribute to your own professional practice and the wider subject area. It will enhance your executive and professional practice through the application of management theories and rigorous research into real and complex issues in business and management.

The effective relevance of DBA
The DBA offers the opportunity to study business issues in depth and to apply theoretical understanding to real situations through independent research. The development of advanced research skills provides the competences necessary to undertake the rigorous research required at this level. Candidates are enabled to make a contribution to both theory and practice in business and management. It enhances the capability to develop knowledge, theory and their applications.

The DBA advantage
You would already be well advanced in your career. However this DBA programme delivered at Amity Global Business School will enable you to differentiate yourself in the employment marketplace and to enhance your professional capabilities. You will build new networks and through development of your skills have opportunities to present at academic conferences and communicate your ideas to a wider audience. The DBA awarded by University of Northampton will develop your personal, consultancy and research skills in the context of rigorous and relevant research.
Admission Criteria
Age Requirement: 25 yrs.

Academic Requirement
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 years’ 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.

Language requirement
• English language is the entry requirement for Postgraduate Research study at the University of Northampton.
• This is currently an overall IELTS score (or equivalent) of 7.0 with component no less than 6.5.
Course Outline
Course Structure
Principles of Research
This module gives you the opportunity to understand the philosophical underpinnings of research. You will critically examine the epistemological approaches to knowledge and develop a robust awareness of the ethical dilemmas presented by carrying out organisational research along with strategies for managing these. You will develop the ability to act independently and to design and defend an original piece of research.

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.

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.

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.
Dates & Fees
Duration of course: 48 Months
Mode: Full Time / Part Time
Teaching amenities & facilities: Lecture rooms, Library, Computer lab, Student lounge
Other Info
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
• Photcopies of educational certificates and transcript
• Evidence of English language ability (where English is not the first language)
• Detailed Resume/CV
Contact Details
Venue: Amity Global Business School, 100 Victoria Street, National Library Building #11-01 & #11-02, Singapore 188064
Phone: +65 6602 9500
Fax: +65 6602 9509
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