Doctor of Business Administration

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a professional doctorate which provides a structured programme of study through the delivery of taught modules, closely integrated with an individual’s professional career development (Places on this course are limited). 

International Students Only

DBA model (1 + 2 Model)
Year 1:
Students will be on campus and taught face-to-face.
Years 2 & 3: Students will be in their home countries (continuing their work) and research supervision will be provided remotely and any other support they may require will also be provided in the same way.

Key Facts

Course Length:
UK/EU students: 4 years

International students (1+2 Model)
- 1 year in the UK
- Year 2 & 3 in home country

Fees: Visit our fees section to find out more.

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The programme has two parts and is composed of taught modules and a doctoral-level work-based research project. The element of reflection on professional practice distinguishes the professional doctorate from the award of a PhD.

Part One consists of taught modules, which prepare candidates for the independent practice-based research project of Part Two. During the first year the taught modules are delivered at the rate of two modules each term.

Year One: Part 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Approaches to Research and Academic Communication
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods

Elective modules (Three modules from the list below):

  • Visions for the Future – Theoretical Perspectives on Management
  • Strategic Change and Organisations
  • Managing in Complex Environments: Strategies, Insights and Solutions
  • Entrepreneurial Perspectives


Year Two/Three/Four: Part 2

  • Preparing for Doctoral Research
  • Research Dissertation

It is widely recognised as the pinnacle of qualifications in the world of business and management. This DBA programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals working in Business Administration and Management related areas in the UK and overseas.

The normal minimum entrance requirement for applicants for candidature for professional doctorates is a master’s degree with a Merit classification or an overall mark of minimum 60% in an area relevant to the doctoral programme, awarded by a UK or other recognised University or higher education institution, or by the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA).

English Language requirement for international students applying to complete the DBA via 2+1 model of delivery with the taught element, Part 1 of the DBA in the UK and then return to their home country to complete part 2
Proficiency in English of candidates whose first language is not English is at or exceeding an average IELTS score (or equivalent in any other approved test) of 6.0 with no lower than 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Visit our fees section to find out more.

£500 (reduction of the first year fees) for applicants with 70% or above marks in the qualifying award.

Early bird offer
10 bursaries of £500 each per intake are available to applicants who have submitted complete applications and who have been issued with an unconditional offer letter at least two months before the registration week for their chosen programme. the £500 reduction only applies to the first year’s fee.

There will be no mandatory additional costs to study beyond the payment of tuition. Students should be prepared to incur the basic costs associated with study such as transport, and may wish to purchase coffees, snacks or other sundry items on campus.

Many students also choose to invest in study support tools such as laptops over the course of their study, though this is not a programme requirement. Any activities related to study or student life which bear a cost beyond tuition will be optional, and the expense shall be clearly communicated to students at the time of registration.