The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) is a 120 ECTS credits (240 UK credits) programme designed to lead to a doctoral award by Brittany Université
Awards to be conferred
Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), awarded by Brittany Université – view sample certificate
Dual Award by VERN’ University of Applied Sciences – 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
- 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 25,000 and 30,000 words.
On completion, students will gain a dual award and be awarded a DBA from Brittany Universite as
well as VERN University of Applied Sciences.
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
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:
- Strategic Management 10 ECTS
- Finance for Managers 10 ECTS
- Managing Human Capital 10 ECTS
- Marketing Management 10 ECTS
- Project Management 10 ECTS
- Thesis 70ECTS
* (including an unassessed component and Business Research Methodology)
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.|
For the Blended Mode and Face to Face Fully Taught Mode please Contact Us to find an Approved Learning Centre near you.
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 spread over 5 taught modules plus a doctoral
thesis requiring 2400 notional hours. The programme can be completed within 12 to 15 months.