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Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


Attendance mode: Part-time | Entry year: 2022 - 2023 | Duration: 4 Years | Start Date: September | Location: Majan University College, Oman


The University of Bradford Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is the pinnacle of management education.

DBA is specifically designed for executives, professionals and senior managers who seek to combine the best of academic knowledge with the best of practitioner knowledge in order to push forward the boundaries of understanding contemporary and rapidly transforming business and management challenges. The DBA award allows the holder to use the title 'Doctor'.

The Bradford DBA provides advanced research methods training through a suite of four specifically designed taught modules. The modules are delivered by leading scholars from the University of Bradford School of Management, supported by scholars in Majan University College, and will equip you to undertake independent empirical research on contemporary business/management challenges, and to develop new knowledge and understanding.

You will be supervised by leading research-active academics from University of Bradford and Majan University College, who regularly publish in international journals and present at prestigious conferences.

Professional accreditation

The School of Management of University of Bradford belongs to an elite group of business schools to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".

Equis Accredited logo AMBA Accredited logo AACSB logo

We welcome applications for the DBA - Oman programme, particularly from applicants whose interests complement the expertise of the Universities Research Centres (People, Organisation and Entrepreneurship; Logistics, Supply Chain and Technology; International Business, Marketing and Branding).

For the DBA, you should have

  • a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree from an accredited institution
  • a minimum of five years’ relevant managerial work experience
  • a research proposal
  • two references (one academic, if possible)
  • a minimum score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS test (with no sub-test less than 6.0). TOEFL Test result min 94.

The Research Proposal

This is an important part of your application. Your research proposal will be used to assess the quality and originality of your research ideas, your critical thinking skills, grasp of relevant literature and the feasibility of the proposed research. It will also be used to identify suitable supervisors, so it is certainly worth devoting time and effort to it.

The research proposal should be between 1500 words and 2500 words. While we do not insist on a definite format, we do recommend you to follow the structure outlined below.

Title: the title should be a succinct summary of your proposed research

Introduction: this section should provide a brief description of the subject area in which the research is to be located in, state your central research questions clearly and explain the reasons for proposed research convincingly.

Literature review: this section requires a short review of existing studies (particularly those published in research and practitioner periodicals). You need to explain how your research is being driven by the gaps in the existing literature and comment on how your research could be informed by the existing literature both theoretically and practically. A good literature review should demonstrate how the proposed research is linked with previous studies, establish where its specific contributions could lie and show how the intended specific contributions could be materialised through drawing ideas and strengths from the existing research.

Research methodology: there are a variety of research methods, therefore it is essential that this section provides a clear description of your choice of research methodology (i.e. quantitative or qualitative research) and explain why the chosen one is most suited to your research. This section should also include details of methods of data collection and data analysis and comment on the feasibility of data collection.

Contribution: it is important that DBA research influences and impacts upon both academic theories and concepts, and also business and organisational practices.

Reference: any studies cited in the proposal should be listed at the end of the document using the Harvard style of referencing.

English Language Requirements

The programme is taught, supervised and examined in English, so you must be able to prove your fluency in the language if it is not your first language. You will be required to achieve a minimum score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS test (with no sub-test less than 6.0). TOEFL Test result min 94.

Please note: module information is subject to change.

Modules

Module code: MAL7040-B

Module Aims

  • To develop your systematic and critical knowledge of research methods in business and management studies at doctoral level, and build on your experience of research at masters level, and to develop and practise broad-ranging and advanced research skills;
  • To enable you to understand the philosophical framework that inform research methods and methodologies facilitating the critical analysis of the assumptions and methods of research;
  • To apply advanced understanding of research methodologies in business and management studies more generally.

Download the PDF for Research Design and Philosophy

Module code: MAL7041-B

Module Aims

To develop a comprehensive understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods, so as to equip you to undertake doctoral level study involving qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed methods research.

Download the PDF for Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

Module code: MAL7042-B

Module Aims

  • Undertake an advanced search and critically analyse literature on a specific topic in the discipline and assess its contribution to knowledge;
  • Organise and synthesise that literature in order to write a critical and detailed review of what is known about that topic;
  • Identify gaps in extant knowledge about specific academic and practitioner issues and explain how your doctoral research will contribute to both theory and organisational/management practice.

Download the PDF for Literature Reviewing for Doctoral Studies

Module code: MAL8011-B

Module Aims

This module critically examines how to contribute to developments in business and management studies and impact management/organisation practices.

It aims to help you do that through:

  • Developing advanced scholarship skills in writing academic papers for publication;
  • Create and interpret new knowledge and empirical research through designing and conducting a pilot study;
  • Develop a systematic and critical understanding of the current state of knowledge concerning how to translate research into practice;
  • To explore how you will apply advanced knowledge to translating the findings of your own empirical research into management/organisational practice, thus to achieve the core distinction between a DBA and a PhD.

Download the PDF for Translating Research into Practice

Module code: MAL8012-D

Module Aims

To present and defend an advanced research proposal incorporating an introduction and justification for the study, critical engagement with current research at the forefront of business and management studies, a clear and advanced research methodology, and clear contributions on how this research will create new knowledge, and advance business and management theory and organisational practices

Download the PDF for Progression to DBA Research Stage

Module code: MAL8013-T

Module Aims

The aim of the thesis research module is to produce managers and leaders who, through advanced scholarship are able to conceptualise, design and implement a research project for the generation of new knowledge at the forefront of business and management studies. You will combine your academic and business expertise, make important contributions to both business and management theory and also organisational and management practices.

Download the PDF for DBA Thesis

Teaching combines academic rigour with practicality and relevance to professionals, executives and managers.

The programme integrates applied and theoretical knowledge and, in particular, facilitates the development of new knowledge which is at the forefront of the discipline and organisational/management practice.

Each module builds on the learning achieved in previous modules, so learning is cumulative, and all modules relate to each other.

You will develop an understanding of the issues of translating research into practice - a fundamental aspect of a DBA. You will be expected to reflect on the key issues you are tackling and explore how such findings, if replicated in a bigger study, could be translated into practice.

In the first year of the Executive DBA, the Director of Studies will be the Personal Academic Tutor for each new cohort of students. Once you pass the first three taught stage modules you will have acquired advanced scholarship and research skills required to create a research proposal. You will work with the DBA Director of Studies on developing your research proposal, and 2 suitable supervisors will be allocated to you, who will become your Personal Academic Tutors.

In the Progression to DBA Research Stage module you will present and defend a detailed 7000-word research proposal, preparing you for the main research stage and ultimately writing a thesis. During the main research phase, you will attend Peer Review Workshops that enhance understanding, provide motivation and support, enable networking, prepare you for presenting your work to non-specialists, give opportunities for the cross-fertilisation of ideas, and will expose you to research from outside your specialist area.

The Programme culminates with the Doctoral thesis of 60,000 words defended at a viva voce examination at University of Bradford, UK.

The Doctor of Business Administration is specifically designed for MBA (or equivalent) graduates who are looking for the next challenge in their careers.

Given that the DBA programme was first launched in 2001 at the University of Bradford School of Management, students and graduates of the DBA programme in Oman will be joining the university's international alumni network of prominent business executives. Current and recent DBA students work for leading multinational companies such as Shell International, Siemens, Coca Cola, Volvo, Bayer, ING Group and Phillips International.

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Join The Marketing Strategy Course

Majan University College and Market2Win, UK offers The Marketing Strategy Course Register Now!

About The Marketing Strategy Course

This course was developed to provide students, entrepreneurs and middle and senior managers with the in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of strategic marketing and development of a sustainable marketing plan. When owners and managers are drafting a marketing plan, they may struggle with defining a starting point, knowing what to include, and understand who to involve and when to complete.

Is my registration guaranteed when I register for the Marketing Strategies course?

The registration will only be guaranteed once course payment is completed! Once you register for the course through the following link (Register Now), you will be contacted by the course manager and MTU personnel when to complete the payment process and enrol and. You will receive access to the course LMS Webpage.

Is my enrollment login access permanent?

Not permanent! Your enrollment purchase guarantees you 60-day full access to the course. You will still be able to access all course materials after the course including discussions forms, and course page access. page.

Do you offer any discounts?

We do offer early-bird and group discounts! Contact our Majan Training Unit on 24730498 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Is this a self-paced course or can I take it at my own pace?

This is not a self-paced course, it is guided by a trainer and has a specified end date. Check the website on the exact dates or contact Majan Training Unit on 24730498 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Not attending the sessions will result in not meeting the course completion criteria.

What is a Market2Win Simulation?

Market2Win simulation is a virtual computer simulation that is created by Market2Win UK and it is used throughout the Marketing Strategies Course to reinforce and solidify the theories and concepts covered throughout the course. This means, as a student you will have the opportunity to be able to go through each skill covered in the class through practice and collaborative workshops. With the help of the trainer’s guided knowledge, the Simulation will allow you or your registered employees to upskill their knowledge on Marketing strategies.

Will Marketing strategy be covered fully in this course?

You will know the practical skills involved in developing and analysing a Strategic Marketing Plan for your own company. You will be able to create and construct a basic marketing plan and advise your colleagues or manager on topics and keywords with your newfound skills.

What are the prerequisites of the course?

We recommend good communication in English language and some decision making experience. However, this course is built to educate even the newest of marketing beginners. You also do not need any prior knowledge of the tools taught in this course – every tool and template comes with a step-by-step, easy-to-follow tutorial on how to use it.

Do I get instructor mentoring?

Yes! In addition to the engagement session during the course, you will have the opportunity to be mentored personally by the trainer, and get all-access credentials to the course Moodle page. In addition, you’ll be able to reach the instructor and his team for hands-on feedback and critique on each of your Strategic Marketing Course activities. You’ll receive help all the way through to analyse your given Marketing Plan for your virtual company and earn certification. This includes email and chats support. With your emails and chat messages, please allow for 24-48 hours excluding weekends. We’ll do our best to get back to you as soon as we can.

How does the Certificate of Course Completion work?

After completing the specified 25 hours, you will receive two certificates of completion from the Omani Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and Market2Win UK certifying the new skills you have learned after you finish the Marketing Strategies Course.

How can I ensure that I will learn the skills advertised in the course objectives?

We are confident that this dual certification course can help any serious person who is embarking on a new business or currently working with an organisation to be successful, but we make no guarantees as to what skill level you will reach. We also cannot guarantee that you will be able to develop your own strategic marketing plan at the end of it. However, if you engage and follow the trainer’s guidelines we are confident that you will be able to gain all the skills and knowledge covered in this course.

Can I share my MUC Moodle or Simulation login with someone else?

Absolutely not. The login given is for you and your registered group only. Sharing it with someone else will negatively impact the learning experience.

Do you offer refunds?

As the Course has a limited number of seats and a minimum number of students to begin with, hence refunds will not be issued.

IELTS Preparatory Course

Majan University College is pleased to announce IELTS Preparatory Course to support applicants aspiring to take IETLS Academic exam and thereafter seeking admission to one of the Post Graduate Courses, offered by the Postgraduate Centre.

Course Entry Requirements

Applicants have to take Majan’s In-house Placement test as an entry requirement to do IELTS Preparatory Course.
The In-house Placement test includes three sections- Listening, Reading and Writing. Applicants who are interested to take the ONLINE IELTS Preparatory course should get a minimum score of 5 in the placement test.
For more details about the Placement test, feel free to contact the Postgraduate Centre.

Course Details

IELTS Preparatory course offers a 40-hour course (Level 2) for applicants who score 5 or 5.5 and a 20-hour course (Level 3) for those who score 6 or above in Majan’s In-house placement test. It should be noted that applicants who score 6 or above are welcome to take our 40-hour course (Level2) if they wish to.

Mode of Delivery:

  • The course will be offered completely Online via GoToMeeting, a video conferencing software
  • Majan Online Virtual platform (MOVE) will be used extensively by the lecturers. Students who register for the course will be given access to MOVE
  • The course will be delivered only on Thursdays and Weekends.
    • Thursday (7-9pm)
    • Friday (10am-12noon) & (2pm-4pm)
    • Saturday (10am-12noon) & (2pm-4pm)

Class size

Maximum of 15 students per cohort (group).

IELTS Teaching team

IETLS Preparatory Course is taught by qualified English Language Teaching professionals from Majan’s Faculty of English Language Studies (FoELS) who are teaching different language skills to both Foundation and Undergraduate students. They have a vast and varied experience, ranging from 5 to 25 years, in teaching English to students in Oman.

Course Content

The IELTS Preparatory Course will deliver classes in all the four skills that are tested in IELTS- Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

In Level 2(40-hour course), each skill will be taught for 10 hours and in Level 3(20-hour course), each skill will be taught for 5 hours.

Material

All the teaching material will be available on Majan’s Virtual Learning Platform (MOVE). All students enrolled to the course will have access to this material. They can also download the material for study purposes. If students want to use the material prepared by the lecturers for any other purpose, they have to seek copyright permission from the college.

Lecturers teaching each skill will upload material that could include:

  • Teacher prepared material: (power point slides/word document….)
  • YouTube or any other appropriate external videos
  • Instructional or explanatory videos
  • Cambridge IELTS exam papers – (inclusive of audio in the case of listening section)
  • Activities or Tasks adapted from some popular books
  • Open-source material

All classes will be recorded and uploaded on MOVE.

Focus of Learning

  • During this course, lecturers will provide opportunities for students to
  • Increase familiarity with the test format of each skill
  • Use different strategies involved in dealing with the different question types and tasks of each skill.
  • Practise all the question types and tasks
  • Benefit from lecturer feedback through discussion forum on MOVE
  • Work asynchronously (outside class hours) during the week days
  • Gain confidence in doing the test

Note: Majan IELTS Preparatory Course is NOT A GENERAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNIG COURSE. The aim of this course is only to provide exam taking strategies to confidently attempt all the four skills tested in IELTS Academic exam and to help students achieve an overall IELTS band score of 6-7.

Course Starts

April 2021

Contact Information

For any further queries and clarifications, feel free to contact the Postgraduate Centre:

Phone: 24730441 / 448

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