Doctor of Business Administration (C9C)

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The Doctor of Business Administration is a professional doctorate consisting of a rigorous program of advanced study and research, designed specifically to meet the needs of management professionals  on issues of contemporary professional management practice.   It is designed to enable participants to pursue higher degree research within the context of their role in the workplace and to receive academic support and recognition.

The course normally takes up to three years of full time equivalent (EFT)* and consists of coursework components and;

  • either a supervised research project and completion of a thesis, circa 50-60,000 words, written in English,
  • or a portfolio of published papers and a substantial integrated overview of the research, 50-60,000 words, written in English.

This award is independently assessed by a minimum of two examiners external to the University on the successful completion of the dissertation or portfolio of published papers and coursework components.

The campus of study will vary depending on the location of the candidate, the supervisor and the research field.

The research topic will reflect the interests of the candidate, their workplace and the expertise of their supervisors.  To find an expert in your field of interest, see the Web Access Research Portal (WARP) site.

To apply, see the Graduate Research site: for application information.

* A full time workload refers to a loading of 1.0, or an equivalent part time loading of 0.5

The Doctor of Business Administration will provide management professionals with the opportunity to make a significant contribution to knowledge and practice in their professional context and may formalise workplace-based research and development. Its interdisciplinary nature and opportunity for inter-professional research provides a framework for the integration of professional expertise and scholarly enquiry.

The course aims to develop the managerial competencies of candidates by equipping them with the ability to evaluate different conceptual approaches to management issues in the context of their own experience and workplace.

Candidates will acquire advanced specialist research training and provide evidence for independent thought and critical analysis, effective communication and expert knowledge of the discipline within a broader framework of knowledge in the international context.

At the University of Tasmania candidates are encouraged to demonstrate academic leadership, increasing independence, creativity and innovation in their research and are supported in their acquisition of a wide range of advanced and transferable skills.

Graduates will fulfil the skill requirements in the Australian Qualification Framework for this degree and the University of Tasmania expects all graduates of a Doctor of Philosophy to meet its Generic Attributes.

Through the provision of research-focused coursework and a substantial dissertation, candidates will deepen their knowledge of specific areas of management theory and practice, identify problems and formulate strategies to address these problems. Through the course of study candidates will develop:
a critical awareness of the nature and practice of research in professional contexts in the field of health services management;

  • the skills necessary to evaluate critically research directly related to management practice;
  • knowledge of research methodologies and skills in research design, data preparation and analysis;
  • knowledge, skills and experience to operate as practitioner-researchers in a management context thereby

enhancing their ability to address high level management problems and opportunities creatively, strategically and within a framework of societal values.

Graduates will fulfil the skill requirements in the Australian Qualification Framework for this degree and the University of Tasmania expects all graduates of a DBA to meet its Generic Attributes.


Graduates of a Doctor of Philosophy will be able to:

  • make an original and substantial contribution to knowledge of a subject within or across academic disciplines or areas of professional practice;
  • demonstrate a systemic and critical understanding of a substantial and complex body of knowledge of a subject within or across academic disciplines or areas of professional practice; and
  • demonstrate a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.


Graduates of a Doctor of Philosophy will be independent researchers able to:

  • evaluate the appropriateness and usefulness of various perspectives, methods and processes in research projects;
  • independently and systematically develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge or professional practice;
  • expert technical and creative skills applicable to the field of work or learning; and
  • critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise new and complex ideas;
  • work collaboratively in a team, recognising the need for and value of complementary expertise/skill sets, and work productively with other people; and
  • communicate orally and in written form sufficient to publish and present their work,  and communicate ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Application of Knowledge

Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will have the knowledge and skills to be able to:

  • undertake research with autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility as an expert and leading practitioner or scholar.
  • understand and apply the social and ethical implications of research and appropriate professional behaviour consistent with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and other relevant guidelines.

Career outcomes

The DBA is designed for managers who wish to prepare for a leadership role in the private or public sectors. Successful completion of the DBA provides graduates with a substantial background in relevant management theory, research and practice that should enhance their ability to plan and manage successfully in an increasingly complex and turbulent national and international environment, and within a framework of societal values.

Professional Recognition

Course structure

A Doctor of Philosophy is a course of supervised research and professional development conducted over 3-4 years (full-time) or 6-8 years (part-time), culminating in the examination of a thesis or creative equivalent, by at least two external examiners.

PhD Candidature is structured around a series of milestones:

  1. Draft Research Plan submitted at 3 months   equivalent full time enrolment
  2. Confirmation of Candidature by 12 months equivalent   full time enrolment
  3. Annual Reviews of Progress at 24 and 36 months   equivalent full time enrolment
  4. Thesis or creative equivalent submission for   examination no later than 48 months equivalent full time enrolment

PhD candidates are concurrently enrolled in a Graduate Certificate in Research designed to provide you with a range of training activities and career development opportunities that assist in developing high-level research, communication and management skills. The skills obtained will give you an edge with future employment opportunities.

The University also offers candidate opportunities to engage in research seminars, present at conferences and participate in skill development workshops.

The campus of study will vary depending on the location of the candidate, the supervisor and the research field.

Entry requirements

Admission Prerequisites

Requirements for admission include:

  • completion of a Master of Business Administration (Health Management) or a Master of Business Administration or equivalent postgraduate coursework masters course from a recognised Australian or international tertiary institution, which includes a substantial portion in research methods / data analysis units and a significant workplace research project or equivalent. The research methods units and workplace project combined should be equivalent to at least one third of a Master's degree with a full-time duration of 18 months, or at least one quarter of a Master's degree with a full-time duration of 24 months.
  • Students should have achieved a minimum of a credit average in their graduate coursework studies as a demonstration of their capacity to undertake graduate work at an advanced level.
  • Candidates would also be expected to have relevant experience in the relevant sector/industry.

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Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students will be provided with a Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset scholarship of AUD $22,000- $33,000. This scholarship is provided to individual students to offset their tuition fees.

These funds are provided by the Commonwealth Government as a contribution to the University towards the direct costs of a student’s research training (supervision, access to resources or facilities at the University, costs associated with fieldwork, training in techniques and necessary coursework undertaken outside the School/Institute).

International students

2019 Annual Tuition Fee (international students): $32,085 AUD.

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.


Higher Degree by Research Candidates may apply for a variety of scholarships to assist with the cost of living, tuition fees and other research costs. For a full list of scholarships available to domestic and international candidates please visit the Graduate Research website.

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