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The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program at the University of Wollongong in Dubai combines research skills training with exposure to the latest business intelligence and original theoretical study, to help you develop as a ‘researching professional’. The program enables you to critically evaluate existing knowledge, use research practices to explore important questions in your field, and thus create new knowledge and effectively apply research findings in a workplace setting.

Course Overview

The DBA will help you develop an understanding of contemporary business issues and define an appropriate research question. It will enable you to plan your research realistically and to select, justify and implement appropriate ethical research methods in order to write a high quality dissertation. The program also incorporates a period of coursework, which enables you to master a range of relevant research approaches and methods, and provides you with up-to-date knowledge in the context of your chosen field of business.

Career Opportunities

DBA students at the University of Wollongong in Dubai are generally already working in middle, senior or executive management positions in private companies or government agencies and have significant experience in business. The aim is therefore to apply your new research skills and findings to improve the performance and practices of your current workplace and in doing so, secure promotion to more senior positions within the organisation.

Accreditation and Recognition

This program is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and is fully recognised within the UAE, GCC nations and internationally for further education and employment in the private and public sectors.

In addition, the program is quality assured by UOW, which is registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), the national regulator of the higher education sector in Australia. UOWD graduates have the opportunity to exchange their UOWD degree for the equivalent UOW degree after completion.

Subjects

The DBA Program consists of 48 credit points of coursework and 102 credit points of research. It can be undertaken on a full-time (six semesters) and part-time (eight semesters or 10 semesters) basis.

The study sequences for the full-time and part-time DBA modes are provided below.

DBA (Full-time)

Semester 1

HDR 973 Business Development
HDR 900 Research Methodology
HDR 972 Current Issues in Business
HDR 903 Literature Review

Semester 2

HDR 901 Quantitative Research Methods
HDR 902 Qualitative Research Methods
HDR 972 Current Issues in Business
HDR 903 Literature Review

Semester 3

HDR 905 Advanced Research Methods
Comprehensive Exam

Semester 4 - 6

HDR 990 Dissertation (96 credit points)

DBA (Part-time: Example 1)

Semester 1

HDR 973 Business Development
HDR 900 Research Methodology
HDR 972 Current Issues in Business

Semester 2

HDR 901 Quantitative Research Methods
HDR 902 Qualitative Research Methods
HDR 972 Current Issues in Business

Semester 3

HDR 903 Literature Review
HDR 905 Advanced Research Methods
Comprehensive Exams

Semester 4 - 8

HDR 990 Dissertation (96 credit points)

DBA (Part-time: Example 2)

Semester 1

HDR 973 Business Development
HDR 900 Research Methodology

Semester 2

HDR 972 Current Issues in Business
HDR 901 Quantitative Research Methods

Semester 3

HDR 972 Current Issues in Business
HDR 903 Literature Review

Semester 4

HDR 903 Literature Review
HDR 902 Qualitative Research Methods
HDR 905 Advanced Research Methods
Comprehensive Exam

Semester 5 - 10

HDR 990 Dissertation (96 credit points)

Progression

To progress to the research component of the doctoral program, you will be required to pass both the written and oral components of a comprehensive exam. The results of the exam will determine one of the three possible outcomes:

  1. Progression to doctoral studies;
  2. Progression to a Master of Business Research;
  3. Exclusion from the remainder of the program.

You will be allowed a maximum of two attempts at the comprehensive examination. If you progress to the MBR program, you will undertake HDR912 (48 credit points) instead of HDR990 (96 credit points).

Graduation Requirements

To qualify for a Doctoral degree, you will need to successfully complete the coursework subjects outlined in the Postgraduate Research Handbook, the comprehensive exam, and satisfactorily fulfil each year of research, culminating in an external examination of your dissertation by the Thesis Examination Committee. The maximum period for completion of a doctoral program is 14 semesters.

For more information on fees and entry requirements please follow the links below:

   

 

Please note that the UOWD doctoral programs are currently fully-subscribed. The next intake will be announced shortly.