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DBA Top Up FAQ’s

DBA Top Up (Thesis only via Qualifi Level 8 Diploma) FAQ’s for Learners


The Doctor of Business Administration/DBA Fast Track Programme provides an excellent opportunity for applicants with the Qualifi Level 8 qualification to gain a further higher University qualification to enhance their career prospects. The degree of Doctor of Business Administration abbreviated DBA and equivalent to a PhD in Business Administration is a research doctorate in business administration. DBA candidates may specialise in areas such as management science, technology management, organisational behaviour, coaching/mentoring, economics, or finance or other practical fields

What are the Entry Requirements?

The following qualifications are allowed to get direct entry onto the Thesis Level:
Qualifi Level8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership (601/5362/3)

Who are the University Awarding Institutions?

After completion of the Thesis, students will receive a DBA jointly awarded by:

1. Open University of Switzerland
2. University of Dąbrowa Górnicza
3. Taras National University

Open University of Switzerland is recognised and accredited by European Council for Leading Business Schools (ECLBS), Certified by the Swiss EduQua-the Swiss national quality label for education, European Council for Distance Learning (EUCDL) and Premier Accredited University by Accreditation Service for International Colleges & Universities ASICUK.

University of Dąbrowa Górnicza’ is a state recognized University, located in Dąbrowa Górniczain, Poland. University excels in the ranking of the best universities for several years.

Taras Shevchenko University is a state University. Officially recognised and located in the capital of Ukraine. KNU is ranked within top 500 Universities in the world founded in 1834

Course Duration and Structure

Applicants are allowed to complete the DBA within 1 year from registration. The Fast Track Scheme consist of undertaking a Thesis within rules and regulations set by the University accreditation requirements.

What does the Thesis consist of?

During this process the student will be acquainted with the theoretical and practical bases of academic research by formulating hypotheses, research questions and their analyses and implementation, expanding business theory and terminology, as well as increasing communication skills and understanding ethical standards for scientific research. The theoretical and practical knowledge gathered in the course of the research process enhanced by the acquisition of core courses learning outcomes will add a high value to professional work performance and academic-related skills and abilities. This guarantees the ability to handle business-related issues in a scientific manner.

The word count required for single Doctorate has to be between 5000 and 8000 words for every 10 credits (for 120 Credits means the thesis should be 60,000 – 96,000 words). However, if students (up to three) want to make a shared project, then the word count should be from 7000 to 11000 words. Harvard referencing style is the standard which will be followed. There are numerous documents for the supervisor/students to study which will be provided to the student e.g. (Thesis Module Structure, Ethical Issues, How to write doctorate thesis, Thesis regulations, Informed Consent Form, Thesis Review Form, Harvard Referencing System etc.)

What support will I get for the Thesis?

Learners will be assigned a personal tutor for the Thesis who will offer support throughout the process.

Will I be invited to attend the University graduation?

Yes, this is an option but at the student’s expense

When can I apply?

You can apply at any time as intakes are every month.

What are the Fees?

Fees will be with Qualifi and will include support for the Qualifi Level 8 Diploma and the Thesis.

Qualifi can offer over 50% reduction in fees for the DBA if applied directly to the Universities.

Typical fees are £9900 through Qualifi or an accredited Qualifi centre.

Are there any split payment terms?

Yes, you can pay 30% at registration for the Level 8 Diploma qualification, 30% when you submit your thesis and 40% 3 months into the thesis.

How to apply?

For students who have already completed a Qualifi Level 8 Diploma at an accredited Qualifi centre, the centre will assist with the application.

Students can apply also through their accredited centre direct to Qualifi

Qualifi Quality Standards

At the heart of Qualifi’s commitment to the creation and awarding of respected qualifications is a rigorous focus on high standards and consistency, beginning with recognition as an Awarding Organisation (AO) by the qualification regulators for England (Ofqual) and Wales (Qualifications Wales), and as signatory to BIS international commitments of quality.

Your pathway to a graduate degree

Our university progression agreements mean you can apply your Qualifi Level 5, Level 7 or Level 8 diploma towards a graduate or post graduate degree in the UK or the US.