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Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

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Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

DBA - Doctor of Business Administration

Subject areas

Database Administration Business Administration

Course type


Course Summary

Transform your business: make an impact

The Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) programme is cohort-based, with groups of up to 10 candidates mentored throughout their research degree by an expert academic team.

The DBA is designed for practising managers with the experience and roles to facilitate impactful change within their organisations as a result of their research.

Whilst the programme contains some taught elements designed to enhance your research skills and capabilities, the final award of the Doctorate is based on a portfolio of original research, presented in a thesis.

Is the DBA right for me?

Professional doctorates are for practising managers with the experience and roles which will facilitate impactful change in their organisations as a result of their research. Professional doctorates contain significant taught elements, but the final award of the doctorate is based on a portfolio of work, presented in a thesis. In the Faculty of Business and Law (FBL), the professional doctorate is the DBA, which is a Doctorate in Business Administration. The DBA is located within the Centre for Business in Society, one of FBL’s dedicated research centres.

The DBA process

Your DBA journey will go through three important phases, each designed to add an additional layer to your final submission.

Phase one (12-24 months)

Creating the foundation for the DBA: establishing the research question, context and methodology.

Phase two (12-24 months)

Conducting the research: one or several practical focused projects.

Phase three (12-24 months)

Assembling the thesis: critical reflection on research findings, implementation and observation of 'change'.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Candidates must have: a postgraduate Master’s degree with Merit or above, or with a minimum overall average mark of 60% or above, in a relevant discipline/subject area and a minimum mark of 60% in the project element or equivalent; OR a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline/subject area, or an approved equivalent award, with a minimum mark of 60% in the project element or equivalent; OR appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of achievement. Additional requirements are that candidates: have a minimum of five years’ practitioner experience in a relevant field; are undertaking a role within an appropriate setting that will allow the implementation of innovation and change necessary to meet the requirements of the programme; have an identified mentor who is an experienced practitioner in a relevant field.

University information

Coventry University is a well-established higher education institution located in the West Midlands. As the UK’s fastest growing university, and the 6th largest overall, Coventry offers students a wide range of postgraduate courses, award-winning facilities and an extremely high standard of teaching. The main campus is in the heart of Coventry, a truly global metropolitan city with a diverse and dynamic student population. The university...more