Overview of Pre DBA Programme in London


DBA programmes are becoming an increasingly attractive way in which to advance qualifications and enhance professional development. However, the application process is more difficult and confusing than for other degree courses. Our Pre-DBA programme, completed over four weeks, helps to take students step-by-step through the process as well as developing research skills once a student starts his or her DBA course.


Through small group workshops and one-to-one assistance, our programme will help you to produce a proposal suitable for applications to DBA courses in the UK and elsewhere. It will help you to choose a suitable topic which is of interest to you and will be of value to your organisation, investigate previous research in your chosen area, identify specific research questions and consider appropriate research methods.

The course will also help you with all other aspects of the application process, develop a relevant and attractive CV and prepare you for the interview which universities will conduct prior to offering you a place.

Tutors on the course have vast experience in academic business research and you will have access to a wide range of online resources covering all aspects of the programme.

By the end of the course, students will:

  1. Have developed their understanding of different aspects of research methods;
  2. have developed language and communication skills in an academic context;
  3. have developed a range of skills to successfully apply for DBA study at universities in different countries;
  4. have completed an appropriate and viable research proposal;
  5. be able to defend the proposal at an interview.

Topics include:

  • Academic English
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Academic rules, skills and processes
  • Initial research into universities and suitable research topics
  • Literature review searches
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Developing research questions and objectives
  • Research methodology and design
  • Preparing a CV

Defending your proposal at an interview

Preparing a DBA application

Length of course

4 weeks

Entry Requirements

Academic qualifications which meet university requirements for DBA study, typically these will include a Master’s degree and an English language level equivalent to 6.0 or 6.5 IELTS

Intake Dates

Start dates:
Monday 30th September 2024
Monday 6th January 2025



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