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Doctor of Business Administration DBA

Doctor of Business Administration DBA

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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

Our DBA is designed for high-performing professionals to stimulate organisational or inter/national development and contribute to wider debates in their field.

Course overview

Innovative research solutions are now required to tackle the challenging circumstances facing contemporary organisations. Our DBA participants positively engage with these challenges as active members of our research community. Our aim is developed leading practitioner-researchers who inspire strategic change and contribute to wider debates in our areas of expertise.

Why study this course with us?

Key benefits of researching with us:

  • We use innovative and whole person approaches aligned to international benchmarks (e.g. Vitae, Economic and Social Research Council).
  • You will join a growing researcher community with student satisfaction above national average (Higher Education Academy Postgraduate Research Experience Survey).
  • You will network with researchers recognised as creating World Leading research (2014 Research Excellence Framework).
  • You can fast track your doctoral journey by getting recognition for your previous Master’s-level achievements (It is expected that participants will apply for the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning for the first stage of the doctoral course: a MBA or equivalent Master’s award in the area of business, leadership or management.).
  • You will be able to target strategic workplace issues and challenges for organisational and even sectorial change and benefit.

Teaching methods

Our DBA doctoral participants engage with a combination of activities in our pioneering Researcher Development Hub at our Queen’s Park Campus, plus high-level critical reflection, and sustained independent self-directed study. Our researchers will engage in group workshops, seminars, an annual research conference, and any relevant professional body activities.

Job prospects

Our doctoral graduates typically advance their careers into roles which require high levels of expert knowledge and independent expertise, such as consultancy, organisational development, self-employment, executive coaching, senior roles in academe, and strategic leadership positions in business.


IS8005 Research Project (Thesis) is assessed through an academic report plus an oral examination (45,000-55,000 words).

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Entry requirements

Applicants will typically need to demonstrate the following within their application and interview: be employed or self-employed, and be in a position to influence organisational, sectoral or national policy (or are working towards this); an Honours degree with a minimum of an upper second class from a recognised university; an MBA degree (or equivalent) with a minimum of a ‘merit’ profile from a recognised university; a minimum of 5 years’ experience of substantial responsibility and influence (e.g. at organisational, sectoral or national levels); advanced skills in writing (through a 1,000 word (max) project proposal outlining the 'what, why and how' of a research project); and commitment to advanced continuing professional development.

University information

The University of Chester is a 21st century university which traces its roots back to 1839, placing it among the oldest higher education institutions in England. With a modern outlook, a strong research pedigree and guiding principles of supportiveness and inclusiveness, it’s an academic community that has stood the test of time. Today, it attracts thousands of students from around the world and is known for its commitment to helping students...more