UKZN Business School Doctoral Programs



Prospective students (who may originate from any disciplinary background) will undergo a rigorous process of selection. If you are committed to:

  • rigorous research in an applied context
  • high-intensity learning that stretches you intellectually and practically
  • contributing to knowledge in the field of leadership and cognate areas in Africa and globally
  • making a positive difference to organisations, communities or society,

Extract from the UKZN Academic Rules: 

Criteria for admission to study





a) An applicant shall not be registered for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy / a supervised Doctoral degree by research in any college unless the applicant has:

  • (i) satisfied the requirements for a relevant prerequisite degree as
    specified in the College concerned (Masters); or
  • (ii) been admitted to the status of that degree in terms of Rule GR7(a); or
  • (iii) attained a level of competence as defined in Rule GR7(b)

b) A college may prescribe further minimum criteria for admission to study. 

Periods of registration

A student registered for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy / a supervised Doctoral degree by research in any college shall be so registered for a minimum period of four semesters for full-time students or eight semesters for part-time students before the degree may be conferred.





The staff have interest in a variety of Leadership areas and you are invited to discuss aligned interests with them.
Leadership and Strategic Development (Shamim Bodhanya)
email: bodhanyas1@ukzn.ac.za

Leadership and Whole Systems Change (Shamim Bodhanya)
email: bodhanyas1@ukzn.ac.za

Modeling and Managing Complex Social Systems (Shamim Bodhanya)
email: bodhanyas1@ukzn.ac.za


Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

The choice of a doctoral degree programme should be based on an individual’s research interests and the approach one wishes to apply to that research. The Graduate School of Business & Leadership offers the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), a degree that combines academic rigor and managerial relevance. It provides candidates with the flexibility to apply a broad range of research methods to their chosen managerial discipline. It is an intensive programme that is individual in nature and demands a great deal of time, initiative and discipline from every candidate. The purpose of the doctoral education offered by the School is to produce scholars who will lead in their fields of research and make an active intellectual contribution to the complex organisational, financial and technological issues of an increasingly challenging business world.

Duration

A student registered for a Doctoral degree shall be so registered for a minimum period of four semesters for full-time students or eight semesters for part-time students before the degree may be conferred.

Entry Criteria (extract from the College of Law and Management Studies 2012 Handbook)

DR2

a)     An applicant shall not be registered for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy / a supervised Doctoral degree by research in any college unless  the applicant has:

  • (i) satisfied the requirements for a relevant prerequisite degree as specified in the college concerned (Masters); or
  • (ii) been admitted to the status of that degree in terms of Rule GR7(a); or
  • (iii) attained a level of competence as defined in Rule GR7(b)

b) A college may prescribe further minimum criteria for admission to study.