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Doctor of Business Administration

4-7 years
September 2024

If you are an experienced practitioner in business, industry and the professions, and are seeking to engage in a part-time research-orientated programme of postgraduate study leading to the award of a professional doctorate, then the DBA is for you.

Why study with us

  • Advance your career and study for the highest qualification available in business and management.
  • This part-time degree is designed for senior managers and consultants who want to study at an advanced level while working full-time. It can be completed over a maximum of seven years although you can choose to complete within four.
  • Research active staff will bring their experience and knowledge into their teaching as well as drawing on current research in their particular field.

What you'll do

  • Your learning journey will include lectures and guided reading; active group work; case studies, videos, reviews of current events and student presentations.
  • You’ll develop applied research skills as you start to critically evaluate industry related problems.
  • Identify a contribution to practice & give recommendations to industry partners to solve current issues.


Four modules on this course are delivered in one and two week blocks of face to face teaching. The remainder of the course is delivered online.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

How to apply for postgraduate research

Interested in studying postgraduate research? The application process can vary but we have some helpful tips.

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Academic expertise

Dr Andy Clarke
Senior Lecturer in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

Entry requirements

To be considered for admission to the DBA programme you should meet the following criteria:

Application process

To apply for the DBA, you must  make a formal application with the following:

Fees and funding

Part-time (Year 1 - 4)£5,000 per year
Part-time (Year 5 onwards)£1,000 per year
Part-time (Year 1 - 4)£5,000 per year
Part-time (Year 5 onwards)£1,000 per year
Full-time£5,500 per year
Part-time (Year 1 - 4)£5,500 per year
Part-time (Year 5 onwards)£1,000 per year
Full-time£5,500 per year
Part-time (Year 1 - 4)£5,500 per year
Part-time (Year 5 onwards)£1,000 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Business

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