Doctor of Business Leadership
Student Domestic
Study mode Online
Campus locations Online
Course duration2 to 3 years full time
Start date
12 Sep 2022 20 Feb 2023 05 Jun 2023 18 Sep 2023

This course is accredited by Torrens University Australia ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 03389E and delivered by the Australian Graduate School of Leadership.

Code DBL

What is a Doctor of Business Leadership?

The Doctor of Business Leadership is designed to produce outstanding leaders who are ready to deal with a variety of challenges in the ever-changing business environment. Using critical analysis of potential issues and an understanding of social and cultural change, this course gives graduates the confidence and ability to lead large organisations, moving to the top tier in competitive markets.

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A strong educational heritage
The Australian Graduate School of Leadership at Torrens University Australia has been providing executive leadership training for over 45 years. 

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Industry leading and future-focused: we give you all the tools you need to create your own success. 

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Our diverse academics and industry partners will help you gain new perspectives and a wide-reaching business network.

Course overview

The Doctor of Business Leadership develops the skills and knowledge to become an effective and motivating leader in even the most dynamic situations. Through critical analysis and real-work experience, you will learn what is required to be a highly respected leader, committed to achieving socially responsible outcomes. The Doctor of Business Leadership commences with four course work double subjects. After completing these four subjects, under supervision, you will evolve and critique a personal contingent leadership concept through documentation and analysis of personal leadership experiences. A personal contingent leadership concept is a set of theoretical propositions and personal values that logically underpin a set of guidelines that shape how you perceive and respond to leadership challenges.

Career opportunities

The Doctor of Business Leadership (DBL) is designed to prepare senior executives to more effectively assume overall leadership responsibility within a substantial multi-business unit organisation operating in intensely competitive national and global markets. The DBL involves a learning journey that has been identified by corporate leaders, their boards and past DBL participants as vital preparation to deal with increasingly complex and dynamic contexts.

Career paths

  • CEO
  • Managing Director
  • Director of a Department
  • Executive Board Member
  • General Manager
  • Principal of a Department
  • Future careers
    • CEO
    • Managing Director
    • Director of a Department
    • Executive Board Member
    • General Manager
    • Principal of a Department

Subjects and units

Phase One will involve approximately 20 hours of work per week.
Phase Two is approximately twice the total workload of Phase One.
Our experience is that CEOs and senior executives are able to cope with one double subject per trimester in addition to their full time employment.
To embark on this personal development journey, relevant knowledge, research skills and basic leadership insights derived from personal experiences need to be acquired, which is the function of Phase One, which involves successfully completing the coursework double subjects:
  • RDBLTP701: Business Leadership - Theory and Practice
  • RDBLTP702: Business Leadership - Case Analyses
  • RDBLTP703: Critical Reasoning and Ethics for Business Leaders
  • RDBLTP704: Business Leadership Issues.
Candidates may proceed to Phase Two if they successfully present to a Review Panel a potentially feasible Leadership Critique Proposal for delivering significant and innovative insights regarding how the practice of leadership can be advanced in their specified context, based on their work during Phase One. Candidates who do not proceed to Phase Two and who have successfully completed the four double subjects will be awarded a Graduate Diploma of Business Leadership.

Industry partners

When you study with Torrens University Australia, you will benefit from our extensive network of industry partners. You’ll learn from industry professionals, gain invaluable insights and build key industry relationships. We are proud of our expanding network of partnerships and welcome opportunities to build new ones.
Andrew Latham - Doctor of Business Leadership student testimonial
One of the major benefits from completion of the Doctor of Business Leadership has been the improvement in my ability to mentor other leaders.
Andrew Latham
Doctor of Business Leadership

Learning outcomes

  • Develop expertise in leadership theory and practice
  • Build knowledge of cultural, social, demographic and economic change
  • Expand decision-making and communication skills in a variety of situations
  • Critically analyse leadership issues likely to emerge in any given industry
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Why study with us?

As the country’s fastest-growing university, Torrens University Australia brings a fresh approach to higher education. We focus on giving you the skills and the knowledge to ensure long-term success in your career. Our academics are highly qualified and will support you in every step of your study.
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Learn from industry-connected experts
Our academics are the best in the business. With their expertise and guidance, you can find a placement in the field you love.
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A more collaborative experience
Our smaller class sizes provide a more immersive and effective learning environment. Collaborate with peers and spend more time with academics in your field.
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Make your mark
With globally recognised qualifications from Torrens University Australia, you'll be well equipped to work anywhere in the world.
Bring out your best in a business course.
You’ll get hands-on, practical experience with some of the brightest minds, solving genuine industry problems.
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Domestic entry requirements, fees and scholarships


  • Domestic
  • International

Fees: Domestic students

Fees
Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.
FEE-HELP
Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.
  • Domestic fees

    Check the Domestic Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course.

    Download domestic fees PDF

  • FEE-HELP
    Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

    View more info on fees

Scholarships: Domestic students

We’re serious about supporting your studies from start to success, which is why we offer the opportunity to earn a reduction in your course fees, so you can focus on getting into a career you’ll love.

Admissions criteria and pathways: Domestic students

To be eligible for admission you must satisfy one of the entry requirements below.
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Master degree (AQF Level 9) or above
Successful completion or completion by thesis, dissertation or coursework completed at a superior level and appropriate to the professional field.
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Bachelor’s degree (AQF Level 7) or above from an Australian University or equivalent
With Honours (typically 1st Class or Class 2A Honours level), or equivalent.

OR in exceptional circumstances, an equivalent academic background that is considered by the Dean to be an appropriate preparation for independent study and research work at doctoral level.

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

How to apply: Domestic students

Get started
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
Apply
It’s easy! Apply online below or contact us and we can help on 1300 575 803.
Offer
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.
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Get started
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.

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Apply
It’s easy! Apply online below or contact us and we can help on 1300 575 803.

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Offer
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.

Admissions criteria and pathways: International students

Before you begin your course application, check you meet all the requirements listed below

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Master’s degree either by research or by coursework with a substantial element of research work; and
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An applicant may be required to satisfy the Dean of the University, the ability to understand and communicate in both written and spoken English at a level adequate for the purpose of pursuing doctoral level research. To proceed to stage 2 the candidate will need to present a Critique proposal that satisfies their Review Panel.

OR International students must have a minimum of 10 years of relevant professional leadership practice experience; and submit a research proposal.

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning. Learn more about study pathways.

Fees: International students

Fees
Check the international course fee schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.
Fee payment
Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.
  • International fees

    Check the International Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.

    Download international fees PDF

  • Fee payment

    Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.

    Fee payment

Scholarships: International students

We want you to have the best possible chance to succeed, which is why we offer a range of financial scholarships to support our international students during their study journey.

How to Apply: International students

Get Started
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
Offer
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.
Apply
It’s easy! You can apply online below or contact our International team on 1300 575 803.
This course is not currently available to International students.

Frequently asked questions

  • What does admissions criteria mean?

    Admissions criteria is a set of criteria that must be met to be eligible to apply for a chosen course.

    To gain entry to an accredited undergraduate course at Torrens University Australia, applicants must both satisfy general admissions criteria and meet any additional course requirements where specified.

    All admissions criteria and course-specific requirements apply consistently across campus locations and study modes. To find out more, visit admissions criteria.

  • What if I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?

    Torrens University Australia has recognised pathways to help you gain entry into our bachelor degrees based on different criteria.

    To find out more, visit Study pathways or contact one of our knowledgeable Course and Careers Advisors.

  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?

    Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval.

    If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be able to receive credits towards your degree. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

    Our Program Directors will carefully review the learning gained from your previous qualification and/or experience to ensure we provide you with credit towards our degrees whenever appropriate. Review our course credits page or chat to one of Course and Careers Advisors.

  • What are course credits?

    Course credits are credits that can be applied to your course based on your prior experience or qualifications. To find out more, visit course credits

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  • What are Torrens University Australia’s courses’ ATAR requirements?
    Torrens University Australia no longer considers ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) as our primary entry requirement. We have removed ATAR as the key admissions criteria for applicants aiming to study at Torrens University Australia. We strongly believed an alternative to the ATAR system should be found, which more broadly assesses students, especially when soft skills are emerging as important employability attributes. So, students with a recent secondary school education are now considered for admission if they have a Year 12 (Australian secondary school) certificate.
  • Am I a domestic or an international student?

    Domestic students are Australian and Permanent Residents. International students are those who hold citizenship or Permanent Resident status of all other countries.

    International students from countries whose first official language is one other than English need to provide evidence of English Language Proficiency.

  • How do Torrens University Australia fees charge?

    Torrens University Australia is a full-fee paying institution. To find out more, visit Tuition Fees.

    Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP. For more information on FEE-HELP, please visit: https://www.studyassist.gov.au/.

    Please note we do not currently offer any full fee waivers for international students. We do not offer stipends or living allowances.

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