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Doctorate in Business Administration DBA

Doctorate in Business Administration DBA

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Full time | Oxstalls Campus | 4 years | JAN-23

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Full time


4 years

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Key information

Qualification type

DBA - Doctor of Business Administration

Subject areas

Database Administration Business Administration

Course type


Course Summary

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 18 months, after which you present your formal research plan. You then enter the thesis phase, which lasts a minimum of a further 18 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.


This module introduces participants to the theoretical frameworks and the many approaches to literature review. It also seeks to develop an understanding of doctoral authoring and addresses techniques to support this. Through encouraging a systematic engagement with a substantive body of relevant literature, this module aims to critically analyse and evaluate the previous research work contributing to the research area. This often informs and develops further research question(s) with reference to relevant ideas in the discipline. It also enables participants to synthesise ideas at a high level of understanding and begin to create new knowledge through the development of a conceptual framework relevant to the problem under consideration.

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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.

University information

The University of Gloucestershire is a progressive and research-driven institution with three campuses in the west of England, offering a wide range of options for postgraduate study. The university has built a reputation for teaching excellence and high levels of student satisfaction. It is home to a community of around 1,000 postgraduate students who form a creative and supportive community of learners. Gloucestershire is an outward looking...more

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