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Postgraduate Research Admission Requirements

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

To enrol on a UOWD postgraduate research program you will need to meet the University’s minimum academic and English language requirements. 

Academic Requirements

Candidates who hold a Masters degree in a business related discipline may apply for the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program. 
Applicants must have completed their studies from a recognised tertiary institution and achieved a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a scale of 4.0 (or equivalent).

Industry Experience

Relevant industry-related experience will be taken into consideration when assessing applications. However, applicants without work experience will be considered based on previous academic performance and demonstrated ability to complete a research degree.

English Language Requirements

All instruction at UOWD is carried out in English and you will need to demonstrate an adequate level of English language proficiency in order to enrol in a program at the University. English language skills are assessed based on a number of criteria including writing skills as demonstrated in your research proposal, language skills as demonstrated at the interview stage, and the submission of an Academic IELTS (or equivalent) result with an overall score of 6.5 and a minimum of 6 in each band. 
Additionally, you will be required to sit the WritePlacer test (at a cost of AED 150) to determine what further support (if any) you may need in academic writing. Based on the results of the WritePlacer, you may be required to successfully complete an additional English course –Writing for Research – at a cost of AED 6,850 in the first semester. A minimum grade of ‘C’ (Credit) is required in the subject Writing for Research (which is a non-credit bearing subject).