Doctorate of Business Administration

Calendar & Phasing

Academic Calendar

The BSL DBA program has four intakes per year: February, May, September and November.


Phase 1 – Admission

At BSL, our admissions team provide comprehensive support in the submission of your application. The primary purpose of which is to provide you with guidance and advice on your personal capacity to embark on your DBA journey.

Aside from the administrative tasks required for acceptance to the course, the admission process incorporates a letter of intent and a preliminary research proposal. This first step will help you determine your area of interest and focus for your studies.

Once you have submitted your completed application, a preliminary review will be rendered and an acceptance decision will be provided to you. A preliminary admission means that your research topic is accepted and the Doctoral School has potentially identified an appropriate faculty supervisor.

Phase 2 – Definition of the Research Question

(estimated duration under optimal conditions: 18 months)

Once fully accepted to the program, a consultancy session will be held with the Director of the Doctoral School, in order to shape the first step of the research process.

This will allow you to contextualize the ways in which BSL will assist you in reaching your desired research aims and program objectives. Following this consultancy session, a faculty supervisor will be appointed to you.

During Phase 2, in collaboration with your supervisor, you will work on and will be required to submit a literature review along with a first assignment based on a case study. Both the literature review and case study should be developed around the foundations of the assumptions of your preliminary research proposal.

During this phase, the match between you and your assigned supervisor is assessed. If the literature review and/or case study lead to a research question demanding an unexpected field of expertise, our program is sufficiently flexible to allow for a new or additional supervisor to be assigned to you.

Phase 3 – Action Plan

Your literature review and case study will be presented to and subsequently discussed in collaboration with the supervisor and the Executive Committee of the Doctoral School. This provides a final validation of the research question.

The presentation can be made in person at the BSL campus or, if you are unable to attend in person, via an online platform.

After a consolidated validation of your research question, a DBA thesis action plan will be determined with you to prepare you for Phase 4, which includes setting the first milestones for writing your DBA thesis.

Phase 4 – Writing of the Thesis

(estimated duration under optimal conditions: 18 months)

Your DBA dissertation, centered on the research carried out throughout the program, is the primary piece of work that is assessed for the eventual awarding of the Doctoral degree.

In accordance with your supervisor, a progression plan will be defined to ensure the completion of your dissertation.

During phase 4 of your thesis regular feedback, support and progression monitoring will be provided in order to make sure that you have the appropriate guidance during the writing process, whilst simultaneously ensuring the timely completion of the thesis. Your dissertation will also include a revised literature review.

Phase 5 – Oral Defense

The assessment of the DBA Thesis includes a face-to-face or video live examination.

The thesis is assessed by a minimum of two appropriately qualified examiners, who hold a doctoral-level research degree.

Phase 6 – Publication

Your DBA dissertation is published on the BSL repository once completed.

BSL can help you publish your DBA dissertation in a scientific journal. In order for this to happen, you will need to present an appropriate article, based on your dissertation, to the Executive Committee of BSL’s Doctoral School.