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Business Administration (DBA) (Online) Doctorate

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Online | Teesside University | 27 months | MAR-23

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27 months

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Key information

Qualification type

DBA - Doctor of Business Administration

Subject areas

Database Administration Business Administration

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Course Summary

Course overview

Today’s global business environment is disruptive and dynamic, posing a range of leadership challenges for organisations. You develop the knowledge and skills required of business leaders within the complexities of the fourth industrial revolution, on this 100% online DBA course.

You learn through a combination of virtual live and pre-recorded sessions, allowing you to manage your studies at a time and location to suit you, and around your existing professional commitments.

You become a research-informed business leader who is able to apply best practice within your organisation and in your own managerial practices. The interaction between theory and practice provides you with a range of perspectives that add value in terms of business effectiveness, efficiency and capability. You reflect upon your own personal skills and engage in dialogue with global peers, to challenge your assumptions and transform your professional practice.

Working autonomously, but with support from your supervisory team, you build on previous knowledge and experience, gaining the confidence in academic research to undertake doctoral-level study.

You select a research topic aligned to your personal and professional objectives. Examples of previous research include studies of commitment to personal development, changes in public sector organisation, and the impact of organisational culture on efficiency.

How you learn

The DBA programme makes best use of technology towards affording learners a high quality meaningful learning experience that captures the realities of the dynamic and disruptive professional world, and to find solutions towards addressing some of the global and social challenges.

How you are assessed

The course adopts a range of formative and summative assessment methods to suit the demands and requirements of the contemporary business workplace. These include: research reports; literature reviews; case study analysis; individual presentations; self-diagnostic assessments; reflective analysis; research proposal and thesis.

Career opportunities

Typically graduates move into senior management and strategic leadership roles, internal consultant/project leadership roles or into external consultancy roles. DBA applicants are expected to be relatively senior business-based professionals at point of entry, so whilst the course will allow you to build on your existing work experience and skills, it will develop you as a research-informed business leader who is able to apply best practice within your organisational context and towards your own managerial practices.


This module is structured around three key interrelated themes:; 1. internationalisation and globalisation; 2. organisational practices; 3. theory of management. You develop a critical appreciation of contemporary issues in organisation behaviour and development and apply research skills to produce a literature review signposting a preferred theoretical underpinning. Due to the nature of this module and its focus on emerging management issues, the content may change year-on-year. However, typical content is likely to include organisational development, change theory, comparative management theory, talent management and reflective practice.

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Entry requirements

The DBA (Online) is designed for people who have achieved, or expect to achieve, senior organisational positions and/or who wish to enhance their analytical and research skills and knowledge. Applicants should have a master's degree in a subject that has aspects that relate to business and/or management. All applicants should have a minimum three years' managerial experience. All applicants are required to complete a short research proposal.

Department profile

At Teesside University International Business School we're proud to do things differently. We're a modern, enterprising and dynamic business school offering a blend of academic excellence, entrepreneurial thinking and real-world orientation. Through entrepreneurship education, we develop leaders with the skills, knowledge and mindset to make a real, practical difference to people's lives and the success of businesses, economies and...more

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