Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration

VUT Research offers students within the Faculty of Management Sciences the opportunity to complete a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration. This is the highest qualification a student can achieve within this field and shows their utmost dedication to a field and to their studies. Graduates can be seen as experts in the industry and have advanced skills and knowledge and can make a significant contribution within their desired field. The duration of the course is a minimum of two years and a maximum of six years of study. The course curriculum consists of a research project by thesis.

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration

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Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration Course Requirements

In order for students to gain admission to complete a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration, they need to have successfully completed a relevant Magisters or equivalent qualification approved by SAQA. Students also need to have completed a Research Methodology course and have proof of previous research experience.

In addition to academic qualifications, the following admission criteria also need to be satisfied before a recommendation for admission can be made;

  • The proposed topic must be appropriate for higher degree research and it must be consistent with the academic aims and objectives of the student.

  • The student must have access to the necessary resources, facilities and the necessary budget in order to complete the degree within the timeframe.

  • There must be a qualified staff member holding confirmed, continuous or fixed-term appointments of sufficient length for the purposes of supervision of the proposed research and student.

  • The proposed program of work must be able to be completed within the maximum period of submission for the degree.

  • A suitable level of contact with the university supervisors must be maintained.

  • Where the applicant is currently employed, capacity to meet the timelines and other requirements must be considered.

  • The proposed research cannot reproduce research that has previously been submitted for the award of a degree or diploma.

  • Where the intellectual property rights of the applicant may be a consideration, a suitable agreement protecting the rights of the student needs to be signed. If the student is unwilling to sign an agreement, the research proposal may not be approved and the student may be required to choose another topic in an area that is not commercially sensitive.

  • The applicant should have no outstanding financial obligation with the University and in the case of international applicants, they should be able to verify the necessary financial capacity to undertake the program.

  • The applicant must possess sufficient English language proficiency.

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration Career Opportunities

Students who have completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration, are able to excel at a variety of careers within both business and education. These graduates are experts within their field and can enjoy careers as heads of businesses, consultants and as lecturers and researchers within their field. Their advanced knowledge and experience will aid them in contributing back to their industry and improving it for future generations to come.

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