This section should be read in conjunction with the University’s Guide to the Submission and Presentation of a Thesis for Research Students.
Students for the degree of Doctor of Business Administration shall be examined in four parts:
- the first part shall comprise assessments of an advanced character in fields of study prescribed by the appropriate programme director.
- The second part shall take the form of a thesis embodying the methods and results of the research project. All theses should be presented in accordance with the University’s Guide to the Submission and Presentation of a Thesis for Research Students.
- The third part shall take the form of a verbal presentation of work by the student to an audience including a member, or members, of the thesis Examining Board.
- The fourth part shall take the form of an oral examination (viva voce) as detailed in paragraph 15 below.
The Executive Dean may delegate the administrative tasks concerning the submission and examination of a thesis to a member of their staff and shall also nominate a Chair of the Examining Board. The Chair should be a member of staff of the Faculty/School with appropriate experience who has not been otherwise directly involved with the supervision of the student.
In relation to the taught element of the programme, students are required to submit assignments by the specified deadlines. Failure to sit an examination or submit work by the specified date will result in a mark of 0% being recorded.
The pass mark for all taught modules shall be 50% and there shall be no condoned failures.
Students shall be given one opportunity to redeem a failed module at the next available opportunity. All failed modules must be redeemed within the maximum period of candidature.
Students who pass the module at the second attempt/ re-sit shall obtain an uncapped mark.
Failure of a module at the second attempt shall result in the Faculty/School recommending to the Progression and Awards Board that the student either:
- be required to withdraw from the programme;
- be required to withdraw from the programme and the University.
Students who fail more than one module shall be required to attend an interview with the programme director. If as a result of this interview the Faculty/School recommends that the student be withdrawn, the Progression and Awards Board will require the student to withdraw from the programme with immediate effect.
The results of assessments shall be viewed and approved by the Faculty/School Examining Board in conjunction with the programme external examiner who shall be nominated and appointed in accordance with the procedures detailed in the Swansea University Code of Practice for External Examiners. The programme external examiner may also be responsible, or partly responsible, for other taught programmes or elements of research programmes.
The Director of the programme shall be responsible for collating the results of the taught element and presenting the results of all students to the Progression and Awards Board.
Students who are required to withdraw from the University shall be given the opportunity to appeal through the Swansea University Accuracy of Published Marks procedure or Academic Appeals procedure.