Doctor of Business Administration

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7 Modules





4 Years






Overview of the University of Northampton Doctor of Business Administration (subject to validation)

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is the highest academic achievement present in the business and managment field. Awarded by the University of Northampton, this qualification is a professional doctorate and is equivalent to a PhD. The programme duration is around 4 years and is ideally designed for senior professionals who aspire to develop their criticaly thinking skills and academic research, and thereby advance in their careers. For the first two years of the programmes, you will study modules that will prepare you, and lay the foundation for, the reserach project. The final year research project will require you to make a sound contribution to professional practice by building on current theories and concepts.

Upon completion of the four year programme, you will develop a stronger skillset to seek more effective solutions for uncontrollable problems and develop new paradigms for the increasingly dynamic, global business environment.

Course Leader

David Holliman

The academic director of LSM, Dr. David Holliman has over two decades of experience in the education industry and works to ensure that quality standards are maintained in the creation, validation and delivery of the various qualifications provided by LS Education Group. He possesses a Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Culture, an MSc in research methods and an MA in Business Analysis.

Term 1

Principles of Research

This is a compulsory module in the DBA programme. It aims to provide you with an opportunity to discover the principles of research that reinforce investigations in a number of applied settings. As a student of the DBA programme, your task will be to critically examine the various ontological and epistemological approaches to knowledge within your discipline and nurture a critical awareness of ethical problems.

Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis

This module aims to develop skills in quantitative data analysis to an advanced level. Students 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 students 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, students may 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 will develop skills in the translation of research into practice through the review of research culture, ressearch opportunities, and investigation of issues associated with the leadership and management of research and research teams. Students will examine potential barriers to the development of a research-based work environment in business including those at organizational, strategic, inter- and intrapersonal levels. Students will then explore mechanisms for overcoming such hurdles and develop innovative research leadership strategies appropriate for their own working environments across blended interests of public, private, third or community sectors within a corporate citizenship paradigm.

Reflecting on Business Practice

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to acquire appropriate evidence and to critically reflect upon existing practice and their own experiences within a professional context. Students are required to identify an appropriate topic aligned to their professional area and explore the appropriateness of current practice by designing, carrying out and analyzing an appropriate audit or evaluation with a clear reference to the contextual research literature. This may include examination of an issue related to business management or organisational related training or education. Students should reflect on their findings and make evidence-based recommendations for the improvement of practice environments across blended areas of public, private, third and community sectors within a corporate citizenship paradigm.

Term 2

The Research Proporsal

This module aims to draw together the knowledge and skills provided in the preceding modules so that students can define an original workbased research project with clear aims and research philosphical 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 Project

The thesis element of a professional doctorate programme provides the student with the opportunity to demonstrate high level research skills in a written thesis and defend those at an oral examination.

Entry Requirements

The prerequisite knowledge and/or experience you would need to study this course.
If you are interested in joining our Doctor of Business Administration programme, please bare in mind the following entry criteria,
  • hold a Masters degree in a business related subject,  completed within the last 10 years. 
  • have a minimum of five years relevant work experience at an appropriate level
  • be employed in a senior management/ leadership role capable of supporting the achievement of the programme learning outcomes, including the professional research project

You must also meet the english language entry requirements for Postgraduate Research study, currently an overall IELTS score (or equivalent) of 7.0 with no component less than 6.5. Please note that if you have a masters degree awarded by a British University of a University from a predominantly English speaking country, you are exempted from the IELTS requirement. 


Who can attend?

As an applicant for a DBA programme, you will already be acquiring a senior leadership/management position and thereby be well advanced in your career. However, acquiring a DBA qualification allows to you differentiate yourself among your current peers in the workplace. In addition, with the development of your critical and analytical skills through the DBA programme, you will be able to address more complex business challenges that are of strategic significance.

What’s included before I enrol?

Free consultation - one on one communication with our student advisors to help you select the ideal course for your career development.

What's included after I enrol?

  • A welcome webinar – conducted by a member from our academic team to provide you with an introduction to the course.
  • Extensive course materials - includes structured lecture notes, industry examples and case studies which illustrate how theoretical concepts and techniques are being implemented in organisations.
  • A comprehensive e-library - containing the recommended study texts for your course modules and access to Mintel market reports
  • Interactive online webinars – conducted by module tutors before and after you submit a draft assignment or face a mock exam.
  • Dedicated one to one tutor support -  he/she will work closely  with you and provide complete guidance to help pass your assessments.

What happens after I complete the course?

Upon successful completion, you will be provided with the following:

  • Certification from the University - delivered to your residential address and does not mention the study mode.
  • Graduation ceremony in UK - all students who successfully completed the course are invited to a grand graduation ceremony held at the heart of London , United Kingdom.
  • Access to the LSM job portal  - offering an array of job opportunities to graduates to help find their dream job.

Can I get additional help?

As a Doctor of Business Administration student of LSM, you will be assigned a personal tutor to clarify and sort any enquiries you may have. In addition we also provide student support through the follow methods:

  • Mock examinations/ draft assignment feedback - Before your final assessments, you will be given the opportunity to present your work to a tutor for feedback. This will help you identify weather you are on track to complete your assessments and where you could improve.
  • Administrative support - you will be provided guidance from our dedicated administrative team. Their role is to answer all our questions with regards the course structure, assessment deadlines or any other course related questions you many have.
  • Peer support: Share study questions and ideas with your fellow course mates on our multi-platform accessible learning portal. To gain the best value from your BA in Hospitality and Tourism management programme, we recommend that you use this facility to network and build strong connections with your course mates.

Doctor of Business Administration

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