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OUS&UDG&TNU Doctor of Business Administration


The Doctor of Business Administration/DBA Fast Track Programme provides an excellent opportunity for applicants with the Qualifi Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership qualification to gain a further higher University qualification to enhance their career prospects. The degree of Doctor of Business Administration abbreviated DBA and equivalent to a PhD in Business Administration is a research doctorate in business administration. DBA candidates may specialise in areas such as management science, technology management, organisational behaviour, coaching/mentoring, economics, or finance or other practical fields.

The University Awarding Institutions

After completion of the Thesis, students will receive a DBA jointly awarded by:
1. Open University of Switzerland (Switzerland)
2. University of Dąbrowa Górnicza (Poland)
3. Taras National University (Ukraine)

The Open University of Switzerland is recognised and accredited by European Council for Leading Business Schools (ECLBS), Certified by the Swiss EduQua the Swiss national quality label for education, European Council for Distance Learning (EUCDL) and Premier Accredited University by Accreditation Service for International Colleges & Universities ASICUK.

The University of Dąbrowa Górnicza’ is a state recognized University, located in Dąbrowa Górniczain, Poland. University excels in the ranking of the best universities for several years.

Taras Shevchenko University is a State University. Officially recognised and located in the capital of Ukraine and is ranked within top 500 Universities in the world, founded in 1834. For QS Global World University Ranking click.

DBA Top Up (Thesis only via Qualifi Level 8 Diploma) FAQ’s for Learners click.

Entry Requirements

Candidates will be expected to satisfy the following requirements:

  Masters Degree (or equivalent) or

  Level 7 qualification (or equivalent) or

  Mature applicant with Degree (or equivalent) and work experience and

  IELTS 5.5 or CEFR level B2 (if applicable)

Programme Summary

Stage 1: Qualifi Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership consists of:

The student is allowed on this course to exit with Qualifi Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership qualification after completing stage 1 and pay stage 1 fees and which needs to be confirmed during the application stage.

Stage 2: Thesis (DBA Top-Up)

During this process the student will be acquainted with the theoretical and practical bases of academic research by formulating hypotheses, research questions and their analyses and implementation, expanding business theory and terminology, as well as increasing communication skills and understanding ethical standards for scientific research. The theoretical and practical knowledge gathered in the course of the research process enhanced by the acquisition of core courses learning outcomes will add a high value to professional work performance and academic-related skills and abilities. This guarantees the ability to handle business-related issues in a scientific manner.
Harvard referencing style is the standard which will be followed. There are numerous documents for the supervisor/students to study which will be provided to the student e.g. thesis module structure, ethical issues, how to write doctorate thesis, thesis regulations, informed consent form, thesis review form, harvard referencing system etc.
Thesis (DBA Top-Up) is delivered by EBMA.

Course Credit Value

540 Credits

Course Duration

12-36 months

Course Fees

Stage 1: £2000 (Distance Learning)

Stage 2: £7900 (Delivered by EBMA)

Course Intake

Distance Learning: Any Time

Awarding Body

Stage 1: Qualifi ltd via EBMA

Stage 2: Jointly by: Open University of Switzerland, University of Dąbrowa Górnicza and Taras National University

Awarding Body Fees

Stage 1: Included in Course Fees

Stage 2: Included in Course Fees