Doctorate in
Business Administration

Doctorate of Business Administration,
Awarded by Abertay University, Scotland, UK


Achieving a doctoral degree is a transformative journey for professionals seeking to deepen their expertise and enhance their credibility. Unlike traditional PhD programs that prioritize theoretical research, the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program emphasizes practical, real-world applications in business contexts. For professionals and aspiring leaders, the DBA offers a unique opportunity to leverage their industry experience directly in their research. This approach not only sharpens their strategic thinking but also equips them with the skills necessary to tackle complex business challenges effectively. It bridges the gap between theory and practice, empowering candidates to make meaningful contributions that drive innovation and organizational success.

The DBA program at Westford, in partnership with Abertay University, combines academic rigor with practical relevance, designed specifically for experienced professionals. It prepares learners to address complex business challenges and enhance organizational success. The curriculum integrates advanced theoretical frameworks with practical applications, ensuring graduates are well-equipped to solve real-world business problems.

The program emphasizes rigorous academic research that is directly applicable to professional settings, allowing for immediate workplace contributions. Through personalized one-on-one supervision, students receive tailored guidance aligned with their research interests and career goals, providing support throughout their doctoral journey.

A distinctive feature of the program is its global perspective. Participants join a diverse cohort of peers and faculty from around the world, gaining insights into international business practices and expanding their professional networks. This exposure enriches the learning experience and prepares graduates to make significant contributions in their fields upon completing their Doctorate in Business Administration. 

The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) program is divided into two stages:

Stage One: MSc Research Methods in Business Management

The MSc in Research Methods in Business Management equips students with advanced professional, practical, and technical research skills, providing a thorough understanding of the research process. This stage prepares students for careers in academia or research-intensive roles within the business sector. 

The Business Management pathway within the MSc Research Methods involves rigorous training in research methodologies, guided by experienced academic staff. Students will develop the necessary skills and confidence to independently conduct research related to business and management. This stage enhances learners’ understanding of contemporary organizational challenges and opportunities, while fostering critical thinking skills to assess various research approaches and perspectives effectively. Career development is supported through specialized professional research training, addressing individual needs and preparing students for significant contributions to business and management research. 

This stage includes six modules over 12 months, culminating in a research proposal that must be submitted before progressing to Stage Two.

Module List
Contemporary Issues in Business Management40 Credits
Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis20 Credits
Advanced Research Methods and Analytical Techniques20 Credits
Practical and Technical Skills for Research20 Credits
Developing and Measuring Research Impact20 Credits
Research Proposal & Literature Review60 Credits

Stage Two: Research Stage

In Stage Two of the DBA program, students engage in extensive primary research under the supervision of a mentor. This two-year stage is dedicated to developing a comprehensive thesis that meets the high standards of doctoral-level research. 

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    Early Exit Award: MSc Research Methods in Business Management

    The Early Exit Award provides researchers pursuing Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) an option to receive an MSc in Research Methods in Business Management if they decide to leave the program before finishing their final research thesis. 

    Entry Requirements:

    • A PG/Master’s degree (2.1) or higher in a field related to business or management.
    • OR a PG/Master’s degree (2.1) or higher in any discipline, along with at least 5 years of experience in business or management.

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    About Abertay

    Abertay University, formerly the University of Abertay Dundee, is a public university in the city of Dundee, Scotland. Abertay is a modern, friendly university in the heart of Dundee, Scotland, with a strong focus on teaching and preparing its graduates for the world of work, combined with excellence in research and knowledge exchange. With roots going back to 1888, Abertay has always responded to the needs of industry, supplying a pipeline of graduate talent to work, lead and innovate across a wide range of sectors. Abertay University prides itself in offering an inclusive, friendly, and welcoming environment for our students and staff alongside first-rate teaching and excellent student experience. An ambitious, forward-thinking institution, it offers degree programmes to prepare students for careers in the modern world. Graduates have gone on to work for organisations including Apple, Google, BBC, Rockstar, Microsoft, Barclays Bank, and Coca-Cola, as well as the NHS and government departments. 

    Achievements of Abertay University:

    • Top Scottish Modern University- National Student Survey
    • Top 10 in UK for Student Experience- Guardian University Guide 2024
    • Top International School in Europe for Video Games Education- The Princeton Review 2024
    • “One of the great success stories of the British University Sector”- Daily Mail University Guide 2024

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    Westford Uni Online Research Journals

    Professionals pursuing a DBA with Westford Uni Online have the valuable opportunity to submit their research papers to Westford’s own Online Research Journal. This scholarly journal follows a rigorous blind peer-review process and is published bi-annually. It provides an open-access platform for researchers to share their work with a wide audience and contribute to the academic community.

    Annual Research & Leadership Boot Camp

    Westford Uni Online organizes an annual ‘Research Leadership Boot Camp,’ a dynamic two-day Research Forum that serves as a platform for experts to identify trends, generate ideas, and discuss strategies for enhancing universities and research organizations. The forum aims to gain a comprehensive understanding of how global education and research institutions contribute to innovation and competitiveness. It fosters an environment of collaboration, enabling participants to form new partnerships and engage in meaningful discussions.

    This initiative also provides global visibility to relevant experiences and original thought in the field, showcasing the diverse perspectives and innovative approaches within the research community. Through knowledge sharing and networking opportunities, the Research Leadership Boot Camp promotes the exchange of ideas, encourages forward-thinking discussions, and strengthens the global network of education and research professionals.

    The outstanding support I've received from both faculty and
    The outstanding support I’ve received from both faculty and students has been one of the most impressive aspects of the UCAM DBA programme at Westford. The faculty members have been professional, knowledgeable, and responsive to my needs throughout the programme, allowing me to progress smoothly in my research journey. I must thank my supervisor for his unwavering efforts in guiding me through the programme.

    Go Thian Seng (Alan)

    Education Strategic Management Consultant, Eduvalue Pte Ltd

    I chose to undertake my Doctoral program the Doctor of Business
    I chose to undertake my Doctoral program the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) through Westford because of its Global presence and its agility. I was also attracted to the highly experienced faculty and its ability to attract global leaders who are peer learners.
    This brings diversity to the learning process and great insights from across the regions.

    Cleopas Chiketa

    Director - Human Resources & Administration, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ)

    Westford certainly makes world class tertiary education reachable.
    Westford certainly makes world class tertiary education reachable. The flexibility of the course and the program design is undoubtedly one of the best in the world. Having a doctorate opens many doors and opportunities, for me, within my profession. The greatest benefit is that I can now make a direct impact in my field of work. By doing the research and analysing it, I can now confidently contribute to my field and hopefully make a positive impact on someone’s life.

    Fazela Sahib – Smith

    Medical Team Leader, Advanced Care Paramedic

    International,Excellent and Balanced Faculty

    At Westford Uni Online, our faculty is dedicated to fostering an exceptional learning environment. Our educators, hailing from diverse ethnic backgrounds, contribute to the vibrant multicultural setting that we strive to cultivate for our students. Going beyond their roles as professors, they also serve as mentors, offering guidance and support that extends beyond their areas of expertise. This ensures that students continue to make progress and thrive throughout their educational journeys. We believe that this holistic approach to education enhances the overall learning experience and empowers our students to reach their full potential.

    About DBA

    A DBA is a doctorate is one of the highest levels of educational degree in business and administration. It is designed to enhance

    with an international scope and reputation, designed to enhance executive and professional practice through the application of sound theory and rigorous research into real and complex issues in business and management. Part-time DBA program enhances the capability of the learners to develop knowledge theory, their application in business. Key aspect of the program is to develop personal, consultancy and research skills in the context of rigorous and relevant research.

    DBAs are driven by a desire to ignite real change in their companies or fields through data-driven decision-making. The online or part-time program will be of particular benefit to experienced C-level executives, senior managers, department heads, consultants, management educators and entrepreneurs. The DBA degree experience challenges the learner to sharpen critical and analytical expertise. You will develop your skills in research to become an expert in your domain with a proven ability to think outside the box.
    The DBA is an executive-level program designed for working professionals with extensive managerial experience as well as a master’s degree, who are looking to advance further in their career. DBA program has both the rigour and relevance as it contributes to theory, practice and research in business and management. The online or part-time DBA program is a full-fledged Doctoral degree, but contrary to the Ph.D., there is a focus on professional experience. The PhD program is targeted towards those interested in pursuing research-focused careers in academia.