International University in Geneva

Are you a senior manager, consultant or entrepreneur who wants to draw together both the theoretical and practical aspects of leadership and managerial experience? Designed to enable you to develop professional practice, theoretical understanding and reflexive capability, the DBA is a high level, innovative qualification and an alternative route if you wish to research your professional practice at doctorate level.
 

The DBA program is designed for working professionals who have the motivation to expand their knowledge/skills and get a doctorate degree without interrupting their work. It is a collaboration between Plymouth University and the International University in Geneva. The first four modules will be taught over four weekends at the International University in Geneva (IUG). The DBA degree is awarded by Plymouth University, one of the UK's most prominent and dynamic universities with an educational history dating back to 1862. IUG is an accredited academic institution specialzing in business education and is ranked among the top ten business schools in Switzerland by Eduniversal. The program starts in October of each year.

 

 

Why DBA and DPA ?

DBA and DPAs are part-time research based programs in business and public administration with the aim to prepare business managers and future leaders. These degrees are academically rigorous and provide practical professional qualification. They are designed to enable participants to synthesize and develop professional practice, theoretical understanding and reflexive capability.

 

Furthermore, participants will enhance their personal and professional development by fueling their research curiosity, learn the importance of critical thinking and decision making and prepare themselves to address the unique challenges and opportunities of today’s business and public policy environment.

 

Many of the students work full time while pursuing the DBA or DPA. These degrees whilst being equivalent in status and challenge to a PhD, are more appropriate to advance professional practice.

  • Duration
    4-5 Years
  • Starting
    October
  • Courses
    Courses

Key Benefits

  • Flexible course length, it can be completed in 4 to 5 years.
     
  • The program is studied part-time and designed for working professionals who have the motivation to expand their knowledge/skills and get a degree without interrupting their work.
     
  • Benefit from direct involvement with the Plymouth Business School research community.
     
  • While the degree is awarded by Plymouth University UK, the workshops are conducted at the International University in Geneva which provides access to the region with major private and public organizations such as Nestle, Procter and Gamble, United Nations, World Trade Organization, WHO, Red Cross.
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Professor Kerry E. Howell Director of Research
University of Plymouth

Program Details

 

Year 1 - Taught phase


You will attend three 3-day (Friday-Saturday-Sunday) workshops organized in around every 3 months at IUG:

 

1- Advanced Qualitative Research Methods for Doctoral Study
2- Advanced Quantitative Research Methods for Doctoral Study
3- Applying Theory to Professional Practice

 

Year 2 - Research proposal preparation and validation phase
 

There will be workshops and seminars to help you to develop a Research Proposal under the supervision of a research advisor.

 

Year 3 & 4 (can be extended to 5 - Research Phase)
 

Upon the successful completion of your Research Proposal, you will be promoted to candidacy status and continue with your research (any topic linked to your work or passion/interest), finally producing a thesis. This will be done wherever you are based through email/skype under the guidance of assigned supervisors at Plymouth University.

 

Doctorate Timetable

Module Schedule
 

Module title Teaching Block Dates
   
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods for Doctoral Study (Cohort 10) 17, 24-25, 31 October 2020
   
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods for Doctoral Study (Cohort 10) 22-24 January 2021
   
Applying Theory to Professional Practice (Cohort 10) 23-25 April 2021
   

Plymouth University

The University

The University

Plymouth University is one of the UK’s most prominent and dynamic universities with an educational history dating back to 1862. The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 named Plymouth as one of the top three universities in the United Kingdom.

Students

Students

Plymouth University has over 25’000 students and has a long record of high quality innovative research as demonstrated by its achievements in the RAE.
 
 

Scoring 4 stars

Scoring 4 stars

The university submitted twenty-five Units of Assessment in the 2008 RAE. The results show that the majority of research submitted by the university included world-leading research, achieving the highest rating possible - scoring 4 stars.

The Research

The Research

Overall, 80% of the research was judged as being of international repute. In the Research Fortnight research power league table, on the basis of the results of the 2008 RAE Plymouth has leapt 15 places to join the top 50 universities.

Admission Requirements

Students applying to the DBA program must submit the following documents (All together)

1) A completed application form (with 'Apply now' below)
2) Personal statement: Provide details about your professional experience. This document should be approximately 800 words in length (more information)
3) Research idea: Describe the research area or topic that you hope to investigate for your DBA doctoral research project. This document should be approximately 1'000 words length (more information
4) CV
5) Scanned copies of transcripts and official degree certificates in English
6) Scanned copies of reference letters (min. two and at least one should be academic)
7) Copy of valid passport and a photo
8) IELTS (academic level) or equivalent for applicants whose education was not in English: Min. overall 6.5 and 5.5 in all components​
 

A non-refundable application fee payable in Swiss Francs CHF 150.- (download here)

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Minimum Requirement

- A Master's degree (candidate with strong professional experience may be considered)


- Work experience

 

Tuition Breakdown

  Home / EU
(par an)
International & Islands
(par an)
Year 1 (Taught phase)
 
£ 13'000 £ 13'000
Year 2 (Research proposal preparation and validation phase) £ 8'950 £ 8'950
Year 3 & 4 (can be extended to 5 - Research Phase) £ 6'000 £ 6'000

Our current Doctoral Graduates

Name Award Date Research topic
 Arzoo Syeddah  30/04/17 

 A Dialectical Discourse on Responsible Business Behaviour with Small Medium   Enterprises: A Case Study of Pakistan

 Erdem Erciyes  01/05/17

 The Impact of Culture, Leadership and Power on  Staff Motivation in the Context of   International Organizations

 Kosmos   Akande-Alasoka  17/07/18 Communication Technology and Governance: The Case of Nigeria
 Abdulla N Al   Noaimi  28/10/18

 The Relationship Between Culture, Manager's Leadership Styles and Employees       Motivation Level in a Bahraini Service Organization Environment

 Reynatou   Noma   Mounkaila  11/02/19

 Corporate Social Responsibility, Path Dependency and Cultural Difference:

 An Analysis of Equitable Health Insurance Schemes for Niger