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Doctorate in Business Administration DBA

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Study type
Full Time
Course length
4 Years
Campus
Oxstalls, Gloucester
UCAS Code
N/A

What is Doctorate in Business Administration DBA?

You’ll develop skills in business through an in-depth research project on a topic of your choice and the development of advanced academic skills. You’ll cover a wide range of research topics, from consumer behaviour to management accounting, or leadership to production control. The key is that you are able to develop doctoral work that has relevance to theory and practice.

Based in our new, purpose-built Business School at our Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester, you’ll develop professionally, build connections and enhance your knowledge and skills on our range of flexible courses, many of which are accredited by industry bodies. Our lecturers are current and active business professionals, experts and researchers who apply real-world industry experience to their teaching.

Study style

The DBA is a structured route to doctoral-level achievement. The initial pre-thesis modular element lasts 12 months, after which you present your formal research plan. You then enter the thesis phase, which lasts a minimum of a further 24 months. At its conclusion, you present and defend a thesis in a viva voce exam. DBA classes are limited to a maximum of 20 people who benefit from a collaborative learning environment.

Modules include:

  • Reflective professional development,
  • Systematic literature review,
  • Methodological fundamentals,
  • Research methods and analysis.

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Entry requirements

    • A master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic

    • A minimum of two years’ post-qualification professional practice and ability to demonstrate professional competence of a high standard in the relevant research area

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent.

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Fees and costs

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Start date Course code Fee (UK)
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June 2024 £8,200 £8,200
September 2024 £8,825 £8,825
January 2025 £8,825 £8,825
April 2025 £8,825 £8,825
June 2025 £8,825 £8,825
September 2025 TBC TBC
January 2026 TBC TBC
April 2026 TBC TBC
June 2026 TBC TBC

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DBA study in the UK or Germany

2023 sees us celebrate 15 successful years of working closely with IHP, our official German DBA partner. IHP has introduced us to many high-calibre German DBA applicants and more than 40 of them have now graduated from our programme.

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Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) - Euro Economic Committee Global DBA Rankings

Our Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) is ranked 21st overall in the European Economic Committee's Global DBA Rankings 2023.

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DBA study in the UK or Germany

2023 sees us celebrate 15 successful years of working closely with IHP, our official German DBA partner. IHP has introduced us to many high-calibre German DBA applicants and more than 40 of them have now graduated from our programme. If you are interested in studying the taught element of the DBA in Munich, Germany, please visit their website.

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