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Doctorate of Business Administration

Doctorate of Business Administration,

Awarded by Abertay University, Scotland

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With the developing complexities in the management of businesses worldwide in the realm of Business, explore a world of opportunities and unlock the future with a Doctorate in Business Administration at Westford University College.

    About the Doctorate of Business Administration

    Program Highlights

    Achieving a doctoral degree is a transformative journey for professionals looking to enrich their expertise and credibility in their field. Unlike traditional PhD programs that emphasize theoretical research, the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program focuses on practical, real-world applications within business contexts. For professionals and aspiring leaders, the DBA offers a unique opportunity to delve deep into their industry experience and apply it directly to their research. This approach not only enhances their strategic thinking but also equips them with the skills needed to tackle complex business challenges head-on. It is about bridging theory with practice, empowering candidates to make meaningful contributions that drive innovation and organizational success.

    The DBA program at Westford in partnership with Abertay University combines academic rigor with practical relevance, tailored for experienced professionals. It equips learners with the skills to tackle complex business challenges and drive organizational success. The curriculum integrates advanced theoretical frameworks with practical applications, ensuring graduates can effectively address real-world business issues.

    The program emphasizes rigorous academic research that is directly applicable to professional contexts, enabling immediate contributions in the workplace. Through personalized 1:1 supervision, students receive tailored guidance aligned with their research interests and career goals, ensuring support throughout their doctoral journey.

    A notable aspect of the program is its global perspective. Learners join a diverse cohort of peers and faculty from around the world, gaining insights into global business practices and expanding their professional networks. This exposure enriches the learning experience, preparing graduates to make significant contributions in their fields upon completing their Doctorate in Business Administration. 

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      The Doctorate of Business Administration is structured in two stages

      Stage one: MSc Research Methods in Business Management

      The MSc in Research Methods in Business Management is designed to give students in-depth professional, practical and technical research skills and an understanding of the research process, preparing students for a career in academia or in non-academic research-literate occupations in business.

      Additionally, The Business Management pathway in the MSc Research Methods involves intensive training in research methods under the guidance of academic staff. learners will acquire the skills and confidence necessary to independently conduct business or management-related research. This stage will enable learners to develop a deep understanding of contemporary challenges and opportunities within organizations. Additionally, it will foster critical thinking abilities, allowing them to evaluate various research approaches and perspectives effectively. Career development is further supported through tailored professional research skills and training, addressing individual needs and enhancing their readiness for impactful contributions to business and management research. 

      This stage consists of six modules spanning over 12 months, including a research proposal that must be submitted before the commencement of Stage 2. 

      • Critically review a specific contemporary issue and establish its impact on business management practice.
      • Analyse and evaluate the social and organisational dynamics that influence the strategic approaches to business management.
      • Provide recommendations for future research and practice relevant to a specific issue in business management.
      • Learn appropriate techniques to collect primary and secondary data.
      • Process and visualise data in Excel, produce calculations apply function commands and create and interpret pivot tables.
      • Evaluate analytical approaches and techniques.
      • Apply specialist software skills for the analysis of quantitative methods preparing data and running descriptive analyses and inferential tests with autonomy.
      • Apply and understand qualitative analysis and mixed methods approaches.
      • Communicate professional level of core knowledge in quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
      • Synthesise knowledge of research method approaches in your research area and critically reflect on your own methodological development needs, to lead the formulation of a plan to acquire the requisite advanced research skills.
      • Identify, conceptualise and define aims and research questions.
      • Evaluate external data sources to determine suitability for own analysis.
      • Apply advanced skills in quantitative or qualitative analysis dealing with complex data.
      • Effectively interpret and communicate key findings from advanced analyses, to both academic and lay.
      • audiences, integrating findings with extant research and showing critical awareness of their contribution.


      • Plan an original research project, evaluate existing literature to identify gaps, develop project aims and hypotheses, select appropriate methodology and develop specialist technical skills.
      • Apply an understanding of subject-specific ethical research practices, showing appraisal of risk and consideration of appropriate mitigations to ensure physical and digital safety.
      • Develop an understanding of research integrity and how to manage a research project.
      • Develop an understanding of how data should be appropriately collected and safely stored.
      • Develop detailed knowledge on how to communicate research findings to a range of academic and non-academic audiences.
      • Communicate a critical understanding of the links between research and changes in behaviour, practice or policy, and evaluate the effectiveness of research-based impact in their specialist area.
      • Appraise a variety of pathways to impact involving multiple stakeholders, showing awareness of current issues in the field and the need to use different forms of effective engagement for different audiences and potential beneficiaries.
      • Critically evaluate and measure research impact, showing professional judgement and understanding of appropriate tools and metrics within their specialist area.
      • Consider real-world complexity to identify potential pathways to impact from their research ideas, demonstrating creativity, judgement and understanding in maximising impact opportunities.

      The Research Proposal & Literature Review module guides learners in crafting scholarly investigations. It emphasizes formulating clear research aims, reviewing pertinent literature, and constructing a robust theoretical framework. Through structured steps, learners develop essential skills in academic inquiry and critical analysis.

      Stage Two: Research Stage

      Stage Two of the DBA program centres on conducting comprehensive primary research under mentor supervision. Spanning two years, this stage is dedicated to crafting a detailed thesis that meets the rigorous research standards expected at the doctoral level. 

      Program Highlights

      Early Exit Award: MSc Research Methods in Business Management

      The Early Exit Award offers Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) students the opportunity to earn an MSc in Research Methods in Business Management if they choose to exit the program before completing their final research thesis. This award recognizes the achievements and skills acquired during their DBA studies. 

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        Eligibility Criteria

        • PG/Master’s degree (2.1) or above in a cognate area aligned to business or management.
        • OR PG/master’s degree (2:1) or above in any area, with a minimum of 5 years of business/management experience.




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        What is a DBA

        The Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) is a blended part-time professional doctoral degree with an international scope and reputation, designed to enhance executive and professional practice through the application of sound theory and rigorous research into real and complex issues in business and management. Part-time DBA program enhances the capability of the learners to develop knowledge theory, their application in business. Key aspect of the program is to develop personal, consultancy and research skills in the context of rigorous and relevant research.

        Who should consider a DBA

        Doctorate of Business Administration are driven by a desire to ignite real change in their companies or fields through data-driven decision-making. The online or part-time program will be of particular benefit to experienced C’level executives, senior managers, department heads, consultants, management educators and entrepreneurs. The DBA degree experience challenges the learner to sharpen critical and analytical expertise. You will develop your skills in research to become an expert in your domain with a proven ability to think outside the box.

        DBA and PhDs. - Equal but Different

        The Doctorate of Business administration or DBA is an executive-level program designed for working professionals with extensive managerial experience as well as a master’s degree, who are looking to advance further in their career. DBA program has both the rigour and relevance as it contributes to theory, practice and research in business and management. The online or part-time DBA program is a full-fledged Doctoral degree, but contrary to the Ph.D., there is a focus on professional experience. The PhD program is targeted towards those interested in pursuing research-focused careers in academia.

        About Abertay

        Abertay University, formerly the University of Abertay Dundee, is a public university in the city of Dundee, Scotland. Abertay is a modern, friendly university in the heart of Dundee, Scotland, with a strong focus on teaching and preparing its graduates for the world of work, combined with excellence in research and knowledge exchange. With roots going back to 1888, Abertay has always responded to the needs of industry, supplying a pipeline of graduate talent to work, lead and innovate across a wide range of sectors. Abertay University prides itself in offering an inclusive, friendly, and welcoming environment for our students and staff alongside first-rate teaching and excellent student experience. An ambitious, forward-thinking institution, it offers degree programmes to prepare students for careers in the modern world. Graduates have gone on to work for organisations including Apple, Google, BBC, Rockstar, Microsoft, Barclays Bank, and Coca-Cola, as well as the NHS and government departments. 

        Achievements of Abertay University:

        Annual Research & Leadership Boot Camp

        Westford University College looks forward to conducting a ‘Research Leadership Boot Camp’-A 2 days’ workshop Program. The Research Leadership Forum is a dynamic think tank that identifies and discusses trends as well as generate ideas in improving universities and research organizations.

        The institution hopes to gain a better understanding of how global education and research institutions contribute to the innovation and competitiveness. We also look forward to facilitating new collaborations and providing global visibility to relevant experiences and original thought in the field, through this initiative.

        Westford Research Journals

        A Scholarly, Blind Peer Reviewed, Bi-Annual, Open Access, Online Research Journal


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