Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
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3 - 4 YEARS
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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.

Programme Overview

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.

Course Content
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
Entry Requirements
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 emai

Course Duration
Doctor of Business Administration

To complete the Doctor of Business Administration, it will take 3 - 4 Years. Every month, the student will be required to complete one assignment.

Tuition Fee

Total Programme Fee
£8000 / per year

Payment Terms

  • Installment plans are available on request. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information!
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?

There is no interview process. You will have to fill out a short application form to make sure you meet the criteria.

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