Doctor of Business Administration


The Doctor of Business Administration is an engaging course that will provide a framework for an alternative route from the traditional PhD for skilled practitioners who wish to demonstrate an outstanding and innovative contribution to their area of expertise.

The programme caters to middle or senior managers who are interested in studying while working and carrying out research projects based on professional practice settings. You will carry out advanced research into a key aspect of business administration, underpinned by a series of taught modules.

4 Years Part-Time
Ranked 8th in London for Business Studies

*based on The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Awarded 'Business School of the Year'

*based on Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2019

Programme Structure

Designed to accommodate and complement the busy commitments of today’s global managers and professionals, this is a 4 year DBA Doctor of Business Administration programme that comprises of 6 Modules and 1 DBA Thesis which are delivered on a modular basis.


Executive Leadership: Critical Reflection and Perspectives

This module starts with advanced underlying principles and progresses into a self or organisational reflective approach based on empirical data and current trends for local, national and global leadership approaches. This module also reflects upon leadership as an ongoing process of experience-based learning and refining using principles such as transparent information flow, fail-safe, access to consultation, and seamless execution that once is practiced at an individual level, can be replicated across the organisation.

Professionalism in Social Context

This module helps the students to develop the skills and knowledge for contemporary practice in their chosen professional field. Students will develop knowledge of the many factors that contribute to understanding the professions in their social context. They will identify the capabilities, attributes and authority they bring to the programme and what makes them the professional they are with their own unique practice developed with time and experience.

Evaluating Data in the Professions

This module enables the students to develop their understanding of quantitative and qualitative research skills, enhancing their ability to conduct rigorous research, analyse data and reach sound analytical conclusions, which can form the basis for the development of effective service delivery in professional organisations. Students will develop a thorough understanding of a broad range of data analysis methods and equal emphasis will be given to the teaching of qualitative and quantitative research and study designs.

Strategic Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice

This module covers strategy formation, entrepreneurial manifestation of the strategy and the mitigation of risks by integrating conceptual, empirical and case methods in order to ensure that these perspectives are simultaneously considered. The module also critically examines the global nature of entrepreneurial activity to, for example, create or manage profit, social or high-tech ventures and firms based on economic, societal and regulatory international environment.

Connecting Research and Practice

This module introduces the students to the operational and strategic issues that they are likely to face when conducting and implementing research in professional practice. Students will learn how to clearly differentiate between the professional researcher and professional practitioner roles and will explore the challenges of undertaking research in a professional setting. The module will critically discuss the ethical and consent issues pertaining to research in professional practice and introduce research governance procedures and protocols.

Methods of Professional Enquiry and Research

This module enables the students to develop their theoretical, methodological and research skills to enhance their ability to conduct rigorous research and reach to sound analytical conclusions, which can form the basis for the development of effective service delivery in professional organisations. Students will develop a thorough understanding of the principles, theory and epistemology of research and links with the data analysis methods discussed. Students will be guided and supported to conduct research in practice exercises by developing a pragmatic research proposal for an applied research project.

DBA Thesis

This module gives the students the opportunity to demonstrate an original contribution in their subject, field or profession, through original research or the original application of existing knowledge or understanding to produce a DBA thesis.


This is a 100% coursework based programme.

Delivery Structure

Each module (except DBA Thesis) spans over 4 consecutive days per month, and includes a comprehensive coverage of 21 hours of face-to-face lectures that is complemented with online course support, additional readings and resource materials.

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Professor Malick Sy

PhD (Economics & Finance)

  • Professor of Finance at Royal Melbourne Institute ofTechnology (RMIT)
  • Has more than 25 years of experience in financial consulting and advisory to many financial institutions
  • Visiting Professor at the City University of New York (USA)

Dr Patrick Chan

PhD (Behavioral Finance)

  • Director, Synergi Consulting Pte Ltd
  • Board Member of Asia Pacific Risk and Insurance Association (APRIA) and Risk and Insurance Management Association of Singapore (RIMAS)
  • Adjunct faculty, NTU and Uni SIM
  • Co-author of several books and frequent article contributor to international academic journals

Dr Christopher Fong

Doctor of Professional Studies

  • CEO of Psych.Line Consultant
  • A prolific faculty member that brings leadership from the concert hall to the boardroom
  • 20 years of track record in the psychology field including 12 years of teaching experience
  • Member of the renowned American Psychologist Association (APA) & Singapore Human Resource Institute

Dr Sia Eng Kee

Doctor of Engineering
• More than 10 years of academic programme supervision and lecturing experience
• Experienced Head of School (Business) for renowned private universities
• Previously possessed a professional career which culminated in being a manager for several companies


The 4 Year (part-time) University of West London Doctor in Business Administration will equip graduates with well-developed skills, highly sought after by employers in both the private and public sectors.

Potential career routes, destinations and jobs for graduates include:

• Entrepreneurs
• C-Suites
• Managing Directors
• Presidents & Vice-Presidents of Organisations
• Executive Directors
• Business Consultants
• Postdoctoral Researchers

Degree Awarded

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded a Doctor of Business Administration degree by the University of West London.

The Degree awarded will be the same as that awarded on-campus.

Admission Criteria

Candidates are expected to contribute to the class learning experience and participation. You will be assessed based on experience, aptitude, potential and ability to add value to the interactions between peers and faculty.

Master’s degree with Merit or Distinction or equivalent in the relevant field of study.

Minimum of two years’ full-time work experience in supervisory/ managerial roles that are relevant to the subject you wish to study.

All applicants will be interviewed and must show that they have undertaken recent and relevant study or practice in the field of business and/or management.

Minimum of 6.0 IELTS overall with no less than 5.5 in any band, or equivalent (applicable only for graduates from non-English programmes).

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