Programme Structure

The Doctor of Business Administration Programme requires students to complete 120 credits in 4 years on a part-time basis. Students are required to complete 66 credits from the Coursework Phase in two years' time and to complete 54 credits from the Research Phase.

Coursework Phase

Year 1 + Year 2

Students are required to complete 66 credits:

  • Research and Enrichment Module (18 credits)

  • Core Courses (36 credits)

  • Elective Courses (12 credits)

The coursework components aims at equipping students with advanced business knowledge and comprehensive research skills in various areas. It enables them to apply research outcomes to real-life cases. It benefits to the students in broaden up their visions, mindset and to establish global leadership and innovative spirits.

The courses are designed in three featured areas:

1.    Economics, Finance and Accounting;

2.   Management and Strategy; and

3.   Marketing and Business Analytics

DBA candidature will be confirmed after all coursework requirements are completed and pass preliminary oral defense.

Research Phase

Year 3 + Year 4

Students who progress to the research phase are required to attain 54 credits through completion of a thesis (40,000 words in total) under the supervision from the scholars from HKU and/or Peking University.

The DBA candidates to complete the credits though preparing the:

  • Research Proposal;

  • Preliminary Oral Defense;

  • Thesis and Thesis Oral Defense.


The degree of Doctor of Business Administration will be awarded by The University of Hong Kong upon successful completion of the graduation requirement.


Doctor of Business Administration Programme Office
HKU Business School
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100 Cyberport Road,
Hong Kong


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