Business Administration - DBA

The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) is the international post-masters qualification for senior management advancement and career progression. It is designed to guide the participant from initial research ideas and conceptualisations to design and execution; through a series of research workshops, and with the support of a specialist mentor. The innovative four year design of the DBA provides the optimum research structure. During Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) there are specialist research workshops. In Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) participants undertake a cumulative research paper series. Stage 3 involves the production and defence of the DBA thesis.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an accredited MBA (or equivalent Master's degree in the field of business and management or organisational studies) and a minimum of five years management experience, ideally at senior level.


Two days per semester over a four year period.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Progression and Career Opportunities
The DBA is a professional practice research degree where the field of study within the management discipline, and the application of theory is to field-based research in pursuit of innovative executive and professional practice. It allows participants to develop their ability to conduct empirical research on managerial areas of interest, often within their own organisation. Most PhD graduates lead careers as academics or as senior researchers in business.
The DBA and PhD are academically equivalent in that both entail a rigorous course
of study and typically culminate in the defence of a doctoral dissertation.

The DBA provides a logical intellectual growth path for an executive Master's graduate, who has a broad set of business skills, and knowledge in traditional management areas as a result of his/her previous studies. Students will typically be at senior level in their organisation and as the DBA has a stronger research orientation than the Master's it will allow participants to study a particular management challenge in great detail through an in-depth study. On completion of the DBA programme many students pursue further senior management roles within their own companies while others seek research and consulting roles in Irish and overseas companies and universities.

Further enquiries

Dr. Patricia Bowe
Prof. Denis Harrington /Ms. Margo O'Dowd,
051 302424,

Subjects taught

We aim to develop the participant's ability to undertake independent research at an advanced level and make a significant contribution to knowledge and professional practice through the evaluation of business management structures, contexts and processes.

Through the application of research to business problems and issues, the programme focuses on the skills required to contribute to the enrichment of trans-disciplinary professional practice in management, and to lead organisations facing a complex global business environment.

This three-stage programme concentrates on the enhancement of professional practice by:

•Focusing on professional development

•Enhancing enterprise leadership & development skills

•Assimilating knowledge

•Honing analytical, conceptual & critical thinking skills

•Developing advanced research skills

Following completion of a series of workshops in Stage 1, participants will submit a research proposal, to be presented at a doctoral colloquium. Students will then research and write up a series of research papers in Stage 2, guided by an academic mentor and a WIT working paper series, before submitting and defending their thesis in Stage 3 of the programme.


Qualification: Doctorate in Business Administration (180 credits, Level 10)

Application date

Closing Date 31 July 2018

Course fee

Programme fee details available at

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