The Doctor of Business Administration (“DBA”) is a 120 ECTS credits programme. It allows students to achieve dual doctoral awards from Brittany Université (“Brittany”) and VERN University of Applied Sciences (“VERN”). The programme will be promoted by London Examinations Board.
The DBA programme equips senior business practitioners and high-potential individuals with both knowledges as well as the applied and research skills needed to become executive-level organizational leaders, industry innovators, consultants and policy makers. Students ethically address complex and practical business challenges and learn how to transform business practices to create organizational optimization, growth, and sustainability.
Awards to be conferred
A: Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), from Brittany Université – view sample certificate
B: Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), from VERN’ University – view sample certificate
The programme will be managed and promoted by Brittany Université for all off-campus delivery.
In designing this programme, the prior qualifications and corporate experiences of participants are taken into consideration in order to ensure the programme shall build on prior knowledge and skills.
Programme Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
- Use self-assessment, reflection, evaluation, feedback and developments in theory and evidence-based practice to improve their ethical business practice in a variety of contexts
- Apply a deep understanding of relevant theory and practices to predict outcomes and create business solutions in complex environment
- Communicate key issues effectively and creatively using numerical, graphical, oral and written skills
- Conduct ethical research on business topics, based on critical analysis of academic research and professional practice, and communicate findings
- Demonstrate proficiency in applying a systematic, vigorous research methodologies, design and process when undertaking an original research via the thesis requirement as part of the fulfilment to gain the doctorate award
The DBA taught modules are assessed through coursework, assignments and/or work based reports.
The Thesis shall be between 20,000 and 30,000 words.
A Master’s degree qualification in any subject from a recognised institution; or
A professional qualification equivalent to a Master degree; and
English language proficiency in order to participate in the programme taught in English
Route 1 – Mixed Mode
This route has taught modules, an unassessed research methods module and a Thesis.
The DBA has a total of 120 ECTS credits and comprises of 5 taught modules at 10 ECTS credits each
and a Thesis at 70 ECTS credits. The modules are:
- Managing Strategy 10 ECTS
- Corporate Finance 10 ECTS
- Managing Human Resource 10 ECTS
- Marketing Management 10 ECTS
- Managing Projects 10 ECTS
- 20,000 – 30,000 words Thesis 70 ECTS (and mandatory oral defence)
* (including an unassessed component and Business Research Methodology)
Route 2 – Research Mode
There is a more extensive ‘Thesis only’ route comprising:
- Thesis preparation and Thesis Proposal of 4,500 – 5,000 words (25% of the marks)
- Final Thesis of 40,000 – 45,000 words (75% of the marks)
Stage 1 – Thesis Preparation
Students must undertake a Research Methodology module prior to commencing their thesis research or be exempted from it should students have already undertaken a similar or equivalent Research Methodology module prior to enrolling on to the programme.
Following the Research Methodology module students have up to three months to submit a Thesis Proposal for grading and approval before progressing to Stage 2.
A supervisor will be assigned to a student who, under the guidance of the supervisor, shall continue to work towards completing the Final Thesis.
Stage 1 should be completed in 4 months.
Stage 2 – Thesis Proposal Approval, Research and Documentation
Stage 2 commences once the Thesis Proposal has been approved and graded and should be completed within 12-18 months.
Stage 3 – Oral Defence of Thesis
Once the supervisor has vetted the Thesis submitted by the student, the student must contact the Thesis Oral Defence Committee to arrange for the oral defence
Mode of Delivery
Blended Delivery Mode
|Self-Instructional Learning Material||Face to Face Tutorials||Online Discussions|
|Students are given a complete set of learning materials to facilitate independent study which can be downloaded from the designated Learning Portal.||Face-to-Face classes conducted at a learning centre at 12 hours per module.||Learners are encouraged to participate in online discussions with other learners and their tutors for at least 18 hours per module.|
Fully Online Mode
|Self-Instructional Learning Material||Online Discussions|
|Students are given a complete set of learning materials to facilitate independent study which can be downloaded from the designated Learning Portal.||Learners are encouraged to participate in online discussions with other learners and their tutors for at least 18 hours per module.|
Face to Face Taught Mode
|Face to Face||Online Discussions|
|Face-to-Face lasses conducted with not less than 12 hours of classes per module at a learning centre.||Learners are encouraged to participate in online discussions with other learners and their tutors for at least 18 hours per module.|
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For the Fully Online Mode please enrol now to sign up for the next available intake.
Notional hours are defined in terms of the amount of time it should take a learner to achieve the learning outcomes. Each ECTS credit requires on average 20 notional hours of a learner’s time.
Guide to Learning Hours / Student Learning Time
This Level 8 Programme accrues 120 ECTS credits requiring 2400 notional hours and can be compleyed in 36 months. With exemptions, the programme can be completed within 24 months