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The Doctor of Business Administration at Winchester is designed to give you the tools to become thought and practice leaders in your field, with the capabilities to gather and make sense of the information you need to operate and lead in a global environment.

During this period of exponential change, there is increasing demand for business professionals who can make sound decisions in situations of complexity and uncertainty. At Winchester, we focus on helping you to become a recognised thought leader, known for leading-edge expertise in your field and able to network with recognised experts all over the world. We also build your leadership capacity by equipping you with high-level research skills that enable you to build confidence and demonstrate evidence-based decision-making, which assists in career progression to more senior roles. Graduating with the title of ‘Doctor’ could open important career and professional opportunities for you.

As a UK Champion school for the UN PRME (Principles for Responsible Education) initiative, we stretch and challenge you in the areas of values and ethics, helping you develop as a responsible, creative and future-thinking leader who will make a significant impact in your field.

For the first two years of the programme, there are taught modules that equip you with the knowledge and skills required for the research phase of the thesis. A pilot project then further develops your advanced research skills. Finally, you submit a 55,000-word thesis which is assessed by means of a viva voce. A particular feature of these stages is the use of action learning sets, facilitated by experienced research-active academics, where you are able to share your learning and experience while simultaneously supporting and challenging your peers.


The Doctor of Business Administration at Winchester is designed to give you the tools to become a thought and practice leader in your field, with the capabilities to gather and make sense of the information you need to operate and lead in a global environment.


Learning and teaching

Students are expected to attend six weekend workshops per year (consisting of a Friday and Saturday) to support the completion of the modules prior to commencing the thesis.

Various teaching methods are used dependent on the nature of the subject and the size of the group. These methods include lectures, action learning, peer review, presentations and student-led seminars. A central feature of the weekend programmes is the action learning set discussions focused on professional practice development and progress with the modules. The sets include staff-facilitated discussions where peers offer each other feedback, support and challenge around each other's work. Further support is offered in the form of a personal advisor who will be accessible to students as they pursue their studies between the workshops.


A variety of assessment methods are employed during the taught phase of the degree. An indicative list of assessment types you might encounter includes literature reviews, reports, presentations, essays, portfolios and pilot studies. There are regular opportunities to receive formative feedback from both peers and tutors. After two and a half years, students move on to the thesis stage where, rather than submitting formal set assignments, progress is evaluated throughout the year. The candidate finally submits a 55,000-word thesis which is assessed by means of a viva voce.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on by attending an Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Further information 

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures. 



The DBA is designed for experienced senior managers or business professionals who already possess graduate qualifications and who wish to develop their professional expertise to an advanced level. Applicants are normally expected to have an Honours degree in the first or upper second-class range, a professional management qualification, and a Masters degree in a relevant area. We will also consider applicants without a Master's degree as long as an ability to study at doctorate level can be evidenced by means of alternative professional qualifications. 

Applicants typically are actively engaged as a practising manager or professional in the workplace and have had five years middle or senior management experience with responsibility for people, and/or functions, and/or technical expertise. It is expected that applicants would have some experience of change management or leadership. In addition, suitable candidates who are in a career break, but who have access to a workplace for research purposes, will also be considered.

Participants come from a range of disciplines and whilst it is not expected that prior degrees will be in a related subject area, personal experience of and an interest in business is crucial.

Winchester offers an intensive research training programme with leading experts sharing the latest developments in social media, online methodologies and insight management.  Applicants should also be aware that the course stretches and challenges participants in the areas of values and ethics with a view to developing future-thinking, creative and responsible thought leaders who make a significant impact in their field.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent

Recognition of Prior Learning 

Applicants who wish to apply for advanced standing (exemption from part of a programme) based on previous study and/or experiential learning may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Please note that any credits or marks gained from previous study shall not be counted in your final result as your award is calculated solely on the credits and marks accumulated while registered at the University of Winchester.

An application for RPL to exempt the postgraduate research student from part of the research skills programme, or from a module of the pre-thesis stage of a professional doctorate programme should normally be submitted at the application stage.  Please note it cannot be used in relation to the thesis for Professional Doctorate, MPhil or PhD qualifications. Please refer to the RPL Policy for further details or email

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If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

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Course structure

Modules Credits

The Critical Reflective Practitioner
Pilot Study
Contemporary Research Methods
Philosophy, Methodology and Ethics of Research
Maximising Engagement and Impact
Thought Leadership in Context

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.


The fee structure for professional doctorates has been simplified and aligned to the research doctorate fee structure for 2018/19.  The previous fee distinction between the thesis and the taught element of the doctorate has been maintained for all but the Doctorate of Education (EdD) to reflect the higher cost of delivering the pre-thesis stage.  The EdD has been calculated as a flat rate fee to allow for the 2 to 3 years nature of the pre-thesis stage and on reflection that the majority of the students complete the full doctorate.

All the below in table 6a are studied part-time and the fees are the same for home/EU or non-EU students, reflecting that a part-time non-EU student is unlikely to attend if they have not already been granted the right to study in the UK.  Thus there is a negligible increase in cost for administering either home/EU or non-EU students.

The doctorate is to be completed in a maximum of 7 years.

2018/19 entry


Year 1 | £6,500

Year 2 | £6,500


Year 3 | £2,000

Year 4 | £2,000

Year 5 | £2,000

Year 6 | £2,000

Total cost: £21,000

Key course details

Part-time only: 4-7 years
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester