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Doctor of Business Administration

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Study mode

Part time


4 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

DBA - Doctor of Business Administration

Subject areas

Business Administration

Course type


Course Summary

The Nottingham Business School (NBS) DBA is a part-time doctorate designed for senior professionals in industry and academia to advance their practice whilst working in their existing roles. Offering a diverse balance of industry and academic practice, it is designed to leverage careers and/or make the transition into the highest levels of academia.

Our DBA is designed to improve your business and managerial practice through the development of your personal, intellectual and academic abilities, via a major academic research project. Your research will make academically recognised contributions to your chosen fields, thus providing private and public sector organisations with doctoral-level research outputs that make an impact in terms of policy and practice.

The programme has an innovative course structure allowing you to have the option of submitting your work in the form of conventional documents (route A) or in the style of academic papers (route B). The course team and supervisory team will work with you to ensure that you understand the different routes and options available to you based on your career aspirations and interests.

The DBA is designed for you to:

  • explore the relationship between theory and practice, between understanding the world and changing it.
  • develop your judgement, foresight, and problem analysis by applying theoretical and forensic skills to the research material derived from their investigations.
  • develop you as a reflective practitioner who has the intellectual and personal adaptability to be able to deal with organisational change and ambiguity.
  • develop communication skills which will enable you to communicate effectively with both academic and managerial and business communities, and to act as interpreters between the two.
  • help you design and implement a research project at the boundaries of knowledge in your professional and managerial fields and thus make a contribution to academic knowledge and professional practice.

Why study the DBA at Nottingham Business School?

The Doctorate of Business Administration is a research-based qualification and has the same academic standing as a PhD. As a student you can therefore expect a challenging, stretching, and demanding experience conducted in a stimulating atmosphere of intellectual and academic debate.

Our DBA aims to have a wider impact and real-world influence, enabling you to make an important contribution to society, culture and business. Project topics tend to focus on strategic issues that are present within the applicant’s organisation and are sufficiently complex to warrant a large-scale research study.


The purpose of this module is to prepare you for working towards your doctorate degree, either the traditional document based (route A) or the academic paper based (route B). This includes scoping the overall shape of your DBA research project. The word scoping has been deliberately chosen because it suggests an indicative design rather than detailed specification of research methods and literature review; tasks that will be done later in the DBA. You will learn the importance of conducting research in an ethical way and obtaining approval for your project. You are encouraged to consider how your research might impact upon your organisation and key stakeholders, profession, wider policy and your own personal development. You will be required to start completing a learning log to support this element of the DBA and revisit this throughout your studies.

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Entry requirements

An MPhil, MBA or Masters-level degree in Business, Management or Organisation studies; a minimum of five years experience in a senior management post; the ability to conduct research and write a thesis at doctoral level.

University information

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the biggest and most popular universities in the UK offering a number of benefits for postgraduate students. The University offers a variety of taught postgraduate courses and a wide range of research degree options across their eight academic schools. There are many types of postgraduate study on offer including taught postgraduate courses, professional courses and research degrees. Whether you...more