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Business Administration - Doctor

In Hong Kong ()

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  • Typology


  • Duration

    3 Years


This programme educates senior executives to be “scholar-leaders” who apply research findings to solve real-world management problems. It integrates academic study and management practice to form a significant part of students’ business careers.

Broaden, update and deepen students’ knowledge of business administration in general.
Acquire an in-depth knowledge of specialised areas.
Sharpen students' ability to conduct original applied research in business administration.

To take into account

To enhance the international dimension and academic vigour of PolyU DBA, collaborations have been established with the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland and the Summer School and Executive Programmes Unit of The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in London, U.K.. IMD offers a credit bearing elective for PolyU DBA students. IMD is ranked first in open programmes worldwide and in the top three in executive education worldwide – six years in a row (Financial Times, 2012-2017). LSE, with an international intake and a global reach, has been ranked London’s top university for three years in a row. Its research and teaching span the full breadth of the social sciences, from economics, politics and law to sociology, accounting and finance. For more than 25 years, the School has been offering open enrolment short courses to provide students and professionals with insights into cutting edge research relevant to their studies and work.

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What you'll learn on the course

  • Business Strategy
  • Financial Management
  • Business Administration
  • Doctor
  • Business and Administration
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Statistical analysis
  • Qualitative research
  • Experimental Design
  • Econometrics Methods

Course programme

  • PolyU DBA is a part-time credit-based programme.
  • Students are required to complete 51 credits including 8 taught subjects (a total of 24 credits), 2 DBA Residentials (1 credit for DBA Residential I; 2 credits for DBA Residential II) and a DBA Thesis (8 credits for DBA Thesis I; 16 credits for DBA Thesis II).
  • All taught subjects are at an advanced level, and students are assumed to have prior knowledge of each subject area.
  • The normal duration of study is 3 years, with a maximum study period of 6 years.
  • There is a possible exit award of Master of Science in Management Research Studies for students who have completed 8 taught subjects, 2 DBA Residentials, and passed the DBA Thesis I (thesis proposal presentation) (a total of 35 credits).

Compulsory Subjects

  • Business Research Analysis & Design
  • DBA Residential 1
  • DBA Residential 2
  • DBA Thesis I
  • DBA Thesis II

Core Subjects^ (any two)

  • Econometrics Methods
  • Qualitative Research & Experimental Design
  • Statistical Analysis for Management Research

Elective Subjects^ (any five)

  • Advanced Business Strategy
  • Advanced Financial Management
  • Advanced Topics in Economics for Managers
  • Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting & Corporate Disclosures
  • Current Issues in Organisational Behaviour
  • Frontier of Leadership Research
  • Incentives & Monitoring in Accounting
  • Independent Studies in Business
  • Independent Studies in Business - International Collaborations Experience
  • Methodologies for Business Decisions
  • Services Marketing Management
  • Strategic Management of Information & Organisation in Digital Economy
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Strategic Quality Management
  • Strategic Supply Chain & Logistics Management


^ 1. Subject to the University’s minimum enrolment requirement, not all subjects will be offered each year. And, registration is subject to the availability of quota.

2. All subject details (e.g. subject description form, offering pattern, class timetable etc.) are subject to review and change from time to time.

DBA Residentials
Attendance at the 2 DBA Residentials is compulsory.

DBA Residential 1 is a 2 to 3 day mandatory orientation workshop scheduled for the beginning of the programme in August/September.

DBA Residential 2 is a research workshop which is held normally in May / June after students have completed all their taught subjects. The main purpose of the workshop is to give students an opportunity to present their thesis proposals and to prepare them for writing the theses.

DBA Thesis

Students must pass the Compulsory Subject, 2 Core Subjects and at least 3 Elective Subjects before beginning their theses. In the Thesis, students need to integrate and apply what they have learned to critically and rigorously examine a topic of interest in the field of business or management. They are challenged to make an important contribution and/or provide innovative insights to the practice of management.

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