Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Awarding Body


3 - 4 Years

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The Doctor of Business Administration programme is specifically designed for experienced practitioners in business, industry and the professions, who are seeking to engage in a part-time research-orientated programme of postgraduate study leading to the award of a professional doctorate. 

The DBA is of the same status as the more commonly known PhD, with the “Dr.” title. It will enable you to design and conduct an investigation into a contemporary business, management or professional issue, the outcomes of which make a significant and demonstrable contribution to both appropriate knowledge, theory and professional knowledge and practice.

As a professional doctorate, the Doctor of Business Administration course consists of two Stages: 
Stage 1 consists of a 2-year taught programme of six modules, each being completed through a 3-day intensive face-to-face workshop plus a period of private study both before and after the workshop. During Stage 1 you will develop critical and reflective skills at doctoral level, through the requirement to think conceptually, apply critical thinking, and reasoning skills and to challenge orthodoxy relating to the body of knowledge and research relating to Management and Organisation. 

Assessment in Stage 1 will consist of individual assignments rather than formal examinations. Once you have passed all of the taught modules and have had your DBA project proposal approved, you then progress on to Stage 2 of the DBA. Assessment at Stage 2 will be via examination of the submitted thesis.

Stage 2 DBA Thesis - as part of the development process of your DBA project, you will have worked with the DBA staff to agree a suitable supervisory team, including a Director of Postgraduate Studies. 

Stage 1(a): Year 1 - consists of 3 modules, each with a 3,000 words assignment

Management, Rhetoric, Policy and Practice

Research Methodologies and Design

The Reflexive Practitioner

Stage 1(b): Year 2 - consists of 3 modules, each with a 3,000 words assignment

Qualitative Research Methods

Quantitative Research Methods

Review of Management Literature

Stage 2: Year 3 onwards - consists of the 60,000 words final thesis

DBA Thesis

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

3 - 4 Years

Entry to Doctor of Business Administration

Hold an approved Masters degree in business, management or in a relevant subject

Hold an Undergraduate degree or other equivalent international degree qualification, with work experience of 5 years and above

Provide two appropriate and satisfactory professional/academic references

Demonstrate the potential to conduct research and write a thesis

Pass a 15-minute selection interview

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you will be able to study at a postgrad degree level English, e.g., IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550/213 or LIBT-EPT

As an online learner, you’ll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.

Total Programme Fee

£8000 per year


Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the cost of my programme?

All course material, including online modules and written assignments

Personal tutor support with online sessions

Dedicated student support

Access to an online community learning forum

Assignment marking and feedback

Am I eligible for this programme?

You are eligible if you meet our stipulated entry requirements.

Will there be an interview?

You will have to fill out a short application form to make sure you meet the criteria. You will then have to pass a 15-minute selection interview.

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