General information

The Doctorate of Business Administration is the job integrated doctoral program for highly motivated young academics with up to five years work experience in all relevant fields. The English-speaking program is offered by SIBE Scientific Projects (SISP), SIBE’s own institute for scientific research, in cooperation with the renowned Edinburgh Business School (EBS) of Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, UK. EBS offers the DBA program since 2003. Each doctorate is based on an autonomous research project which focuses either on SISP’s research topics leadership, personality and innovation or on a company specific issue.

  • Target group: High performers with Master’s degree or equivalent, up to five years of work experience and excellent English language skills
  • Degree: Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
  • Duration: min. 6 semester, start is possible any time
  • Program is offered in cooperation with Edinburgh Business School (EBS) of Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, UK (degree awarding university)
  • Either financing by student or financing by company
  • Course work includes distance learning courses and optional on ground seminars which take place on the campus either at Edinburgh or Dubai.
  • On the job – full flexibility – intensive supervision
Program

The duration of the doctoral program is at least three years. The program consists of two stages, the Course Stage and the Research Stage. During the Course Stage you complete the three distance learning courses Introduction to Business Research 1, 2 and 3. Each course has to be assessed by a written examination which can be completed in Germany. In addition to the distance learning program, EBS offers an optional seminar per course which lasts four days each and can be attended at one of the campuses of Heriot-Watt University either at Edinburgh or Dubai. The seminar dates will be announced as soon as EBS has published them. The aim of the seminars is a profound examination preparation while allowing you to expand your international network at the same time. During the Research Stage you already start a discussion with your supervisor about the topic of your doctoral project. After successful completion of all IBR courses, you will write a research proposal which you then submit to the Doctoral Review Committee (DRC) for approval.

Working under the guidance of your supervisor, you will then carry out your research and write your thesis. Each stage of your research must be developed to a level acceptable to the Doctoral Review Committee. Therefore, you submit a first manuscript after about two years (Intermediate thesis). On completion, your thesis is submitted for examination, which takes the form of an oral defense held at Edinburgh.

Examinations

3 courses: Introduction to Business Research 1, 2, 3, each assessed by a written examination Research proposal Intermediate thesis Thesis Oral defense

Application and admission
  • Successfully completed Master’s degree in a relevant field or comparable degree
  • Very good English language skills
  • Up to five years post-qualifying full-time work experience
  • Successfully completed selection process
  • A first idea of your research project with focus on the research topics leadership, personality or innovation in case of financing the DBA program by yourself or
  • A business company, that supports your doctorate and for which you will carry out research in a relevant field. We would be glad to support you in coordinating your research project and/or finding an appropriate partner company.

Please send us the following documents:

  • Application form
  • Motivation letter (in English)
  • CV (in English)
  • Degree certificate including certificate of study
  • English language certificate IELTS 7.0 or equivalent
  • Job references
  • Contact details of two referees

Please fill in the application form and send all your documents in one single PDF to dba@sibe-scientific.de. Selection procedure We use a multistage selection procedure. Once we checked your documents, we will conduct a telephone interview with you. This will be followed by a first personal conversation with the potential supervisor of the doctoral project. Then, the decision about the admission to the program will be made. KODE®-Evaluation In case of your admission to the DBA program, you will perform the KODE®-Evaluation. It serves as an instrument for competency diagnostics and development, and has been approved by an independent institute according to DIN 33430. It confronts you with situations that reflect on skills that are essential for everyday work life. The KODE®-Evaluation gives us an overview of your competencies and experience so that we can make a sound decision on final admission to our DBA program. In addition, the test offers you a very good basis for your own strengths and weaknesses profile, which you can draw on in job interviews.

Costs and financing
Financing of the DBA program by student:

The dissertation focuses on the topics leadership, personality and innovation as well as on the confrontations that can arise from them.

Conditions:

The registration fee amounts to 2,000 €, to be paid by the first monthly installment. The tuition fees include the following:

  • Supervision and full support by a local and recognized SIBE professor
  • Supervision by an academic member of EBS
  • Support service by staff of SISP
  • Allocation of course material and use of specific IT programs
  • Access to study portal of EBS, online libraries and research platforms
Financing of the DBA program by company:

The doctoral thesis deals with a topic from the direct business practice of the financing company.

Conditions:

Parts of the costs are subject to VAT and social assurance contribution.

* The registration fee amounts to 2,650 €, fully due in 1. month. Therefore, the program costs in the first year amount to 15,960 €. The total program costs (3 years) amount to 45,000 €.

** Additional travel costs for the examinations and optional attendance of the seminars have to be calculated. The assumption of these costs as well as all other additional costs, e.g. for issuing certificates, graduation, and repetition of examinations, are agreed between the company and the doctoral student.

  • The cost of the graduation ceremony varies between 45 £ and 175 £, depending on whether you attend the ceremony in person or not
  • Re-examination: 160 £
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Business Research Methods (optional): 45 £

The program costs include:

  • Supervision and full support by a local and recognized SIBE professor
  • Supervision by an academic member of EBS
  • Support service by staff of SISP
  • Allocation of course material and use of specific IT programs
  • Access to study portal of EBS, online libraries and research platforms
  • Additional academic counselling services, e.g. regarding the fields leadership, digitization, innovation
  • Recruitment and placement services of doctoral students

We would be glad to support our applicants in finding a suitable partner company. Similarly, we would be happy to assist companies as well in finding the right candidate for the DBA program. Please contact us on this behalf via dba@sibe-scientific.de