Programmes

DBL - Doctor of Business Leadership degree (NQF level 10)

Applications open 16 September and close 8 November for the 2020 intake

The more informed you are, the more empowered you are and the greater your chances of achieving success.  Beyond gaining knowledge, DBL students are given the platform, skills and competence to make a significant contribution to new knowledge in business management and leadership.

Admission requirements and supporting documents

  • An MBL, MBA or equivalent Master's degree from an accredited tertiary institution (provide a clear copy of degree as well as transcript indicating the symbol or percentage obtained for each module and indicating that the qualification was completed)
  • An average pass mark of 65% and above for the Master's degree
  • Submit a 2 500 word research outline fitting the reasearch focus areas of the SBL displayed below
  • Submit a recent Curriculum Vitae
  • Submit a clear copy of ID or passport

The Graduate School of Business Leadership may institute additional selection criteria as deemed necessary

Prospective DBL candidates will be considered for admission to the respective research focus areas in the College. The initial selection of candidates for Doctoral studies will be done through the assessment of the research outline (maximum of 2,500 words) describing the following:

  1. Topic
  2. Description of the problem to be addressed
  3. Literature review indicating the gap in literature and the possible contribution to new knowledge
  4. Significance and impact of the desired outcome locally, on the continent and globally
  5. List of references (using the Harvard referencing method)

You need

You need to be knowledgeable of the ongoing research debate in your area of interest. How do I achieve this you might ask?

First of all acquire the text book: Trafford, V. & Lesham, S. 2012 Stepping Stones to Achieving your Doctorate: Focusing on Your Viva from the Start. Read this book which will clarify what is expected from you.

Secondly, have a look at our Research Focus Areas. Identify in which area your interest falls. You will also see who possible supervisors are. Make contact with them and bounce off ideas. Use them as sound boards.

Thirdly, you need to read scholarly articles from the current and previous year. Not just one or two but 50+. You can request access to our amazing library by sending an email to Prof HM van der Poll - vdpolhm@unisa.ac.za. Take a year to just read and formulate a gap in current knowledge.

To help you identify this gap you can summarize the articles you have read with the use of a table. The headings of the table should include: Author/s (year), problem researched, Findings, possible future work, seminal authors (from the reference list). You will soon see a gap appearing.

Ensure you know Word, how to use styles to generate your table of contents, add captions and much more. Also download Mendeley, a referencing software that will make your life much easier.

Once you have done all of this for a year or more you will ready to apply for admission to a Doctorate.

Criteria applied equally to assess the research outline

DBL proposal module fee: R12 000.00
Thesis fee: R29 495.00 (both payable in full upon registration)

* Please note that fees stipulated herein are provisional and subject to change pending council approval.  An approximate 10% increase on fees can be expected for the 2020 academic year.

Last modified: 2019/10/08