Doctor of Business Administration

University of Wales Trinity Saint David, United Kingdom

Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance
Registration Number: 252717

Programme Highlights

  • Integration of Theory and Practice

    The integration of both theories and practices of management enables in-service executives to gain management knowledge, expertise and insights they require to take on the personal and professional challenges of their future lives and careers. The programme is designed by experts in management education at the University and built on engaged scholarship and evidence-based management to enable students to solve practical issues and complex business problems, with a focus on the development of applied research skills in interdisciplinary areas.

  • Learn from the Experts

    To give students an up-to-date understanding of business practices, the programmes will be taught by international faculty associates mostly based in Hong Kong comprising senior management executives and professionals who are both academically qualified and professionally experienced. The faculty is a good mix in terms of both education background and professional experience. Capitalizing on HKMA's strong links with the business community, the faculty can incorporate the latest business and management trends in their teaching.

  • Strong Research Supervision Support

    Supervision policy and arrangement are designed in a way to ensure that students' progress and skills acquisition are closely reviewed and due assistance will be offered. In the research stage, every candidate will be assigned to a supervisory team of two members, a Director of Study and a supervisor, approved by the University's Research Degrees Committee. Regular formal supervisory sessions will be arranged to enhance the communications between students and supervisors.

  • Exclusive Networking Opportunity

    HKMA's strong network in the business community offers students an exclusive opportunity to keep up on the latest management trends and the top-of-mind issues of CEOs and leading corporations. Throughout the year, the Association organizes various activities including conferences, seminars, talks, and workshops led by local and overseas business leaders and management experts. Students of this programme are entitled to a complimentary one-year HKMA Associate Membership (value at HK$490) which enables them to join many of these activities with privileged or complimentary offers.

UWTSD Achievements

  • Historic & Modern

    The University's Royal Charter is the oldest in Wales and England after the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, with HRH the Prince of Wales being the University's Royal Patron. It also became the newest university in 2013 when Swansea Metropolitan University merged into the institution. The University's long-established reputation and its current academic infrastructure and curriculum designs place the University in an advantageous position to serve the talent development needs of modern society.

  • Outstanding Academic Experience

    The University ranked 7th in the UK for Academic Experience in The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018, reinforcing the personal teaching and learning experience the University offers.

  • Strong Student Satisfaction

    The University ranked 11th (out of 126 overall) in the UK for university of the year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

  • Significant Research Impact

    The University has demonstrated the strength in its research work and the contribution it makes in seeking solutions to real world challenges: 60% of its research work was judged to be either outstanding (23.3%) or very considerable (36.7%) in terms of its reach and significance.

  • Excellent Postgraduate Research Experience

    UWTSD provides excellent postgraduate research learning and supervision experience evidenced by the excellent results it received in an important sector-wide survey:

    • 89% of respondents agreed that their skills in critically analysing and evaluating findings and results have developed during their programme.
    • 88% of respondents agreed that they understand the required standard for their thesis.
    • 88% of respondents agreed that their skills in applying appropriate research methodologies, tools and techniques have developed during their programme.
    • 88% of respondents agreed that their supervisor/s have the skills and subject knowledge to support their research.
  • Excellent Postgraduate Research Experience

    In addition to postgraduate research experience, the University also received outstanding results in postgraduate taught experience in an important sector-wide survey:

    • 91% of respondents agreed that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching.
    • 84% of respondents agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating.
    • 83% of respondents agreed that the course has enhanced their academic ability.
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Program Structure

The programme consists of two parts, taught modules (face-to-face) in Part 1 and Doctoral-level work-based research project in Part 2. Part 1 must be completed successfully before Part 2 can be attempted. The award of Doctor of Business Administration is granted on the successful achievement 540 credits by completing both parts.

Part 1 (180 credits)

  1. Approaches to Research and Academic Communication
  2. Qualitative Research
  3. Quantitative Research Methods
  4. Visions for the Future - Theoretical Perspectives on Management
  5. Strategic Change and Organisations
  6. Managing in Complex Environments: Strategies, Insights and Solutions

Part 2 (360 credits)

  1. Preparing for Doctoral Research
  2. Research Dissertation


3 years


Upon successful completion of the programme, a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) will be awarded by UWTSD which carries equivalent academic status and recognition to the same DBA degree conferred by the University to the local students in the UK.

Language Medium


It  is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.


HK$ 295,000  (by 10 instalments)

Entry Requirements

  • An upper second class Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree relevant to the Doctoral programme with at least three years of recent and relevant management experience.
  • Applicants who do not possess the normal minimum entrance qualifications, but hold another professional qualification or have experience at a level which the University considers to be equivalent to, or higher than, that of an upper second class honours degree of a UK University may be considered for candidature on their merits.*
  • Interview will be required.
* Applicants in such case will be considered on an individual basis by the Research Degrees Committee of the University.

English Language Requirements

  • Completion of an academic qualification equivalent to a Master's degree which was taught in English; or
  • An overall IELTS test score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.5 in both reading and writing components should normally be obtained.


Ms Jacqueline Chui: 2774 8537
General Enquiry Hotline:
2774 8500 OR 2774 8501