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UWS Student of Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) | University of the West of Scotland

Course Overview

A globally recognised qualification aimed at MBA and professionally qualified postgraduates who wish to take their management and professional development to a new level.

Contemporary employment requires high levels of intellectual sophistication, with employers specifically recruiting candidates with doctoral qualifications. The DBA enhances your professional and executive practice through the application of rigorous research to real and complex issues.

The course will appeal to those wishing to gain the highest level of professional qualification available in business and management, by undertaking world-class doctoral study. It will be of interest to leaders and managers working in the private sector, health, local authorities and higher education, enhancing your professional and executive practice through the application of rigorous research to real and complex issues in business and management.

We simultaneously focus on the academic and the practical. In my opinion, this makes the UWS DBA one of the best. I’m learning from renowned academics who are transforming us into true professionals, while also giving us a larger picture of life. They’ve changed my entire business outlook – my mindset has gone from that of a job seeker to one of a jobs creator.

Sunil Thapa, DBA student London Campus

 

Key Information for Non-EU Applicants

January 2019 Intake

DBA Paisley & London campuses

  • Start Date: 07 January 2019
  • Anticipated End Date: 07 January 2022

May 2019 Intake

DBA London campus

  • Start Date: 06 May 2019
  • Anticipated End Date: 06 May 2022

Application Deadlines

January 2019 Intake

DBA Paisley & London campuses

  • Friday 02 November 2018

May 2019 Intake

DBA London campus

  • Friday 01 March 2019

Application Interviews

January 2019 Intake

DBA Paisley & London campuses

  • 02-14 November 2018

May 2019 Intake

DBA London campus

  • 04-15 March 2019

Deadlines for Non-EU students Applying from Overseas

January 2019 Intake

DBA Paisley & London campuses

last date UWS will issue Unconditional Offers

  • 19 November 2018

CAS Request deadline for all Documents to be received by UWS

  • 21 November 2018

CAS deadline to be issued by UWS

  • 23 November 2018

May 2019 Intake

DBA London campus

last date UWS will issue Unconditional Offers

  • 25 March 2019

CAS Request deadline for all Documents to be received by UWS

  • 27 March 2019

CAS deadline to be issued by UWS

  • 29 March 2019

Deadlines for Non-EU students Applying from within UK

January 2019 Intake

DBA Paisley & London campuses

last date UWS will issue Unconditional Offers

  • 01 January 2019

CAS Request deadline for all Documents to be received by UWS

  • 09 January 2019

CAS deadline to be issued by UWS

  • 11 January 2019

May 2019 Intake

DBA London campus

last date UWS will issue Unconditional Offers

  • 06 May 2019

CAS Request deadline for all Documents to be received by UWS

  • 08 May 2019

CAS deadline to be issued by UWS

  • 10 May 2019

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Academic Requirements

You will normally be expected to: 

  • hold an appropriate Masters qualification (with a minimum pass rate of 60% or above)
  • All applicants must also have at least 3 years of experience at management level and 5 years of work experience at senior level.

  • have to undergo and successfully pass an interview (in-person or through digital technologies such as Skype)

Details:

All applicants must be in possession of a UK, or recognised international masters level degree with a minimum score of 60% overall at first sitting or equivalent qualification. The masters must be a business discipline area or relevant subject, or have a good masters level degree in a cognate subject area or field of study. As a guide, a masters is preferred but not restricted to the following areas:

  • Business/International Business
  • Business Administration
  • Management/International Management
  • Human Resource Management (HRM)/Int. HRM
  • Marketing/Int. Marketing
  • Commerce
  • Event Management
  • Tourism/Tourism Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Enterprise/Entrepreneurship/Innovation
    Leadership/Strategy
  • Financial Management
  • Public Administarion and Management
  • Law/Legal Studies/LLM

Applicants with a masters qualification outwith the aforementioned areas may still be eligible and should contact us for more information.

All applicants must also have at least 3 years of experience at management level and 5 years of work experience at senior level.

However, work/professional/managerial experience alone, even if substantial, cannot guarantee admission to the DBA without an acceptable Masters qualification or equivalent as specified above.

In individual cases, advanced entry to the research phase of the DBA may be available to exceptional candidates who can demonstrate an authoritative understanding of research and leadership issues through prior experience and qualification within a higher education environment. This will be considered on an individual basis and be demonstrated through the submission of a detailed research proposal and the successful completion of an applicant interview.

The Programme Leader reserves the right to make the final decision on this.

The Programme Team reserve the right to apply discretion and may reject an application following an interview even if an applicant meets the entry criteria.

Applicants can apply for either Paisley or London campus but should indicate their first choice if applying for both so that their application is considered by the relevant person. Applicants rejected for one campus cannot ask for their application to be considered for the university’s other campus, and applicants will only be interviewed once.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course Details

The taught DBA focuses on advanced research-based modules and a thesis.

NB Full-time and part-time students can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Research Practice after completing the two core modules in term 1 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Research and Professional Development after completing all four core modules across terms 1 and 2.

Full-time

Phase One lasts 12 months and involves four taught, compulsory core modules, each studied in an allocated three month learning period.

Phase Two involves 24 months’ thesis work. You will have at least one academic supervisor who will provide guidance and encouragement.

Part-time

This offers two phases of learning experience and commitment for all students.

Phase One – Year 1: taught component (two core modules) & Phase Two – Year 2: taught component (two core modules) 

Phase Two involves the thesis development.

Phase 1 - Full-time

Four taught compulsory core modules, each studied in an allocated learning period lasting approximately 3 months:

  • Advanced Research Methods 1
  • Advanced Research Methods 2
  • Professional Development and Leadership
  • Research Proposal

Phase 2 - Full-time

Phase Two involves 24 months’ thesis work. You will have at least one academic supervisor who will provide guidance and encouragement.

Candidates must have the ability and opportunity to conduct detailed research with one or more participating organisation(s). Access to and support from appropriate organisation(s) is essential for initial selection of candidates and during the programme.

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

DBA 2018/19

DBA year 1

£10,400 per year of study

DBA year 2

£5,230 per year of study

DBA year 3

£5,230 per year of study

DBA further years

£5,000 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Norther Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

How to apply

Postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, MEd, MBA, DBA, PG Cert, PG Dip, etc.) & Post-experience courses (BA, Grad Cert, Grad Dip, etc.)

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

 

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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