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Business Administration DBA

Key information

Qualification type

DBA - Doctor of Business Administration

Subject areas

Business Administration Office Skills / Administration

Course type


Course Summary

The world of business and commerce demands highly competent professionals – individuals who are equipped with the ability to make key decisions and face strategic challenges head on. If you want to be able to support your judgements with evidence-based data and bring measurable change to your organisation, the Doctor of Business Administration course is ideal.

This course (equivalent to the PhD) is the highest qualification that you can achieve in higher education. It’s a natural choice if you’re a practising manager or senior professional practitioner who wants to pursue your academic, personal and career development beyond Masters Level through a rigorous and challenging programme of study and research.

The DBA is a broad and flexible research based programme incorporating six modules, a reflective practice portfolio and a substantial research thesis. The research training element of the DBA focuses on both philosophy and methods of advanced research. It places a particular emphasis on the participative and action-oriented processes relevant to applied doctoral study of this nature.

It’s a doctoral research degree that investigates real businesses and managerial issues via the critical review and systematic application of appropriate theories and research to professional practice. The DBA course differs from a more traditional PhD - it will give you an applied research perspective and you will be expected to contribute not only to the body of knowledge but also to management practice through your research.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


4 years

Start date



Research Design in Management
Contemporary Issues and Challenges in Management Practice and Theory
Research Methods and Analysis
Organisational Settings

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Educational qualifications You must have a first degree in any subject and have (or expect to acquire prior to starting) a Masters degree in Management (MBA, MA or MSc) from a UK University or the equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution. Practitioner experience You must have senior management experience of at least 5 years pre- or post-Masters qualification. In exceptional circumstances, applicants without a Masters qualification will be considered where they have substantial compensating business and/or professional experience (a minimum of 10 years' senior management experience), and, a high score first degree (Upper Second Class minimum) in an appropriate field (e.g. Business, Management, Organisation Studies), plus other relevant experience (e.g. research training) would be considered.

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University offers many different postgraduate courses across a wide range of different subject areas and study options. The main city campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent with the University’s dedicated Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education located in Stafford and Shrewsbury. Students can study Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters, PGCE or PhDs at the University, and these...more

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