DBA – DUAL Award from Brittany Université, France and VERN’ University of Applied Sciences, Croatia
The Doctorate in Business Administration (“DBA”) is a 120 ECTS credits (equivalent to 240 UK credits) programme. It allows students to achieve dual doctoral awards from Brittany Université and VERN’ University of Applied Sciences. The programme will be managed and promoted by London Examinations Board for all off-campus delivery.
The Doctor of Business Administration programme equips senior business practitioners and high-potential individuals with both knowledge as well as the applied and research skills needed to become executive-level organizational leaders, industry innovators, consultants and policy makers. Students ethically address complex and practical business challenges and learn how to transform business practices to create organizational optimization, growth and sustainability.
Awards to be conferred
Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), awarded by Brittany Université – view sample certificate
Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) awarded by VERN’ University of Applied Sciences – view sample certificate
Ability to plan and conduct research and evaluation studies with a clear purpose to improve educational lives of others and based on findings make recommendations to improve future educational practices. In designing this programme, the prior qualifications and corporate experiences of participants are taken into consideration in order to ensure the programme shall build on their prior knowledge and skills
Programme Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
- Use self-assessment, reflection, evaluation, feedback and developments in theory and
evidence-based practice to improve their ethical business practice in a variety of contexts
- Apply a deep understanding of relevant theory and practices to predict outcomes and create
business solutions in complex environment
- Communicate key issues effectively and creatively using numerical, graphical, oral and
- Conduct ethical research on business topics, based on critical analysis of academic research
and professional practice, and communicate findings
- Demonstrate proficiency in applying a systematic, vigorous research methodologies, design
and process when undertaking an original research via the thesis requirement as part of the
fulfilment to gain the doctorate award
The DBA taught modules are assessed through coursework, assignments and/or work based reports.
The Thesis shall be between 20,000 and 30,000 words or between 40,000 and 45,000 depending on the route taken
There is also a mandatory Oral defence
- A Master’s degree qualification in any subject from a recognised institution; or
- A professional qualification equivalent to a Master degree; and
- English language proficiency in order to participate in the programme taught in English
The DBA has a total of 120 ECTS credits and there are two routes to a DBA degree
Route 1: – Mixed Mode
This route has taught modules, an unassessed research methods module and a Thesis as follows:
|Taught Modules/Thesis||ECTS Credits|
|2||Finance for Managers||10|
|3||Managing Human Resource||10|
- the word count for the Thesis will be between 20,000 to 30,000 words
- There is a mandatory oral defence of the Thesis
Route 2: Research Mode
There is a more extensive ‘Thesis only’ route as set out below.
|Stage 1||Thesis Preparation||N/A||N/A|
|Thesis Proposal||25%||4,500 – 5,000|
|Stage 2||Final Thesis||75%||40,000 – 45,000|
|Stage 3||Oral Defence||N/A||N/A|
Stage 1 – Thesis Preparation
Student must undertake a Research Methodology module prior to commencing their thesis research or be exempted from it should students have already undertaken a similar or equivalent Research Methodology module prior to enrolling on to the programme.
Following the Research Methodology module students have up to three months to submit a Thesis Proposal for grading and approval before progressing to Stage 2.
A supervisor will be assigned to a student who, under the guidance of the supervisor, shall continue to work towards completing the Final Thesis.
Stage 1 should be completed in 4 months.
Stage 2 – Thesis Proposal Approval, Research and Documentation
Stage 2 commences once the Thesis Proposal has been approved and graded and should be completed within 12-18 months.
Stage 3 – Oral Defence of Thesis
Once the supervisor has vetted the Thesis submitted by the student, the student must contact the Thesis Oral Defense Committee to arrange for the oral defence