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Doctor of Business Leadership

NQF 10 | SAQA ID 112552 | 360 CREDITS

Programme Details

Fees: From R52 466.67 Per Year

Duration: Min: 3 Years | Max: 6 Years

This qualification is aimed at business leaders, and/or senior managers in private and public organisations who have the desire to contribute to advanced scholarship and knowledge production in the field of business leadership. Students participating in this programme must demonstrate advanced levels of scholarly engagement with the subject matter and make a significant and original contribution to the knowledge and understanding of the business management and leadership fields.

Students must be able to develop perspectives that will change the way in which people view and respond to challenging situations in order to solve highly complex problems and to advance knowledge and practices in the field. Students who attain this qualification should generate knowledge in respect of highly complex social and economic issues in South Africa and other countries. These Doctoral students should seek to advance the sustainability of societies.


This qualification is thus directed at business leaders and/or senior managers in private and public organisations who seek to develop ideas that could alter the world by creating contextually relevant solutions.


Furthermore, the programme aims to:

  • transform individuals, organisations, and communities through the application of management and leadership strategies built on the effective utilisation of technology, innovation, people and systems;

  • enable graduates to function optimally in complex local and global economic contexts;

  • produce graduates who are equipped to debate and address socio-economic transformation challenges

Minimum admission requirements


  • A relevant NQF level 9 qualification in Economic and Management Sciences, or an MBA/MBL

  • or a cognate Master’s Degree.

Additional Admission Requirements

All applicants to the Doctor of Business Leadership must comply with the following minimum requirements: 


  • Candidates’ registrations are confirmed only once they conclude their draft research proposal with a minimum of 60%, within a maximum period of twelve months after admission.

  • Candidates are encouraged to attend The Institute’s Research Workshop series during the admission stage when preparing their draft research proposal.

Online Information Sessions:

Meet our Subject Matter Experts to find out more about this programme.

Choose from five intakes per year:


Study Mode:

​The mode of delivery is online distance learning, which utilises a wide range of research methodologies, supervision support and digital support.


Min: 3 years

Max: 6 years 


Fully supported


The DaVinci Institute for Technology Management (Pty) Ltd, Registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration No. 2004/HE07/003. This qualification is accredited by the Council on Higher Education and Registered on the National Qualification Framework (NQF) by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA).


Application Fee:

R 350.00

Admission Fee:

The admission fee is a non-refundable fee payable prior to the commencement of the programme.  


Registration Fee:

The registration fee is payable either monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or upfront. 


Positions some alumni of the programme hold:

  • Chief Director

  • National Talent Manager

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Independent Consultants

  • Chief Marketing Officer

  • Quality Assurance Manager

  • Senior government officials

  • CEO’s

  • Managing Directors

  • HR Executives

  • Directors in various sectors

When you exit the qualification you should be equipped to:

  • Demonstrate a high level of the specialised knowledge and skills required for advanced academic research within the scholarly discipline of Business Leadership (as a sub-category of the greater Business Management discipline).

  • Analyse, formulate and apply suitable business analytical techniques to solve original convergent and divergent research problems relating to Business Leadership in a manner that is innovative and ethically sound.


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The DaVinci Institute for Technology Management (Pty) Ltd is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration No. 2004/HE07/003.

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