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Doctor of Business Administration DBA

Doctor of Business Administration DBA

Key information

Qualification type

DBA - Doctor of Business Administration

Subject areas

Business Administration

Course type


Course Summary

The DBA programme aims to provide you with novel and relevant management and leadership approaches which will allow you to operate in a reflective, reflexive, positive and constructive manner in order to achieve efficient and effective outcomes in dynamic individual and group interactions and also in wider contemporary organizational and international settings. Students have the opportunity to bring issues from their workplace experiences and study them in a complex and comprehensive manner to doctoral level.

The programme promotes and supports strongly developmental interactions within transformative environments. It achieves this through innovative modules which have been designed in a manner which actively encourages the challenging of norms and orthodoxies so as to generate original and energised thinking and solutions. The delivery schedule of the programme provides the busy professional people who make up the participant cohort with opportunities to learn and engage flexibly across a range of modes including, for example, lectures, workshops, project work, coaching and distance learning. Working with the programme team, the discursive and exploratory learning mode of the programme provides a wide variety of opportunities for students to develop to their full potential.

The programme is thoroughly underpinned and informed by the latest research in each of the subject areas addressed. The programme core team comprise advanced and established professors with developed publication records, international presence and conduct international roles in high prestige networks. The skill and knowledge base of the team allows connections to be made with practical applications and what is often referred more popularly to as ‘real world’ problems.

Teaching is delivered through a mix of block sessions /formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions, supervisory sessions and e-learning platforms. A number of modules use in-course situations to encourage deeper learning and develop on-the-job skills of future managers and entrepreneurs. Assessment is through a combination of individual assessments/presentations, logs, action learning sets and thesis preparation and defence.

Enhance your existing qualifications and career prospects with a specialist focus on management in an international context. You will benefit from access to DMU’s established Careers and Employability Team, who offer employability sessions and workshops, with personalised support via a careers coach to advise you on your options and to help develop your plans.

Different course options

Full time | Leicester Campus | 3 years | SEP

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date



Throughout the course of the programme, students will have the possibility of undertaking modules from the extensive suite of available modules provided by the Graduate School Office/Doctoral College. This facility will provide a diverse range of opportunities for students to complement and supplement their learning. If students wish to take these modules they will be supported in contacted the appropriate contact points and accessing them. The modules are in addition to the validated programme and not part of it. They are undertaken entirely on the volition of the student but the course team will support and advise students in concert with colleagues from wider areas.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

This is a doctoral programme which requires honour undergraduate degree level entry (2.1) or equivalent. Equivalent here indicates - professional qualification, membership of a professional body, high level managerial/directorial role etc. In addition, all DBA students will be interviewed and this will also form part of the entry criteria in line with DMU doctoral processes and policies. In addition, students will be required to draft a detailed research proposal at the time of their application. The research proposal will be referred to in the interview process.