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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



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

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

To be considered for study for the Doctorate in Business Administration you must meet the following entry requirements: All candidates Candidates should be professionals with significant managerial experience at a senior level. Individual applicants with prior professional experience and a strong industry background may be considered for the programme (however this is subject to the individual having access to data which will inform the practice-based research project). Individual entrepreneurs may also be considered and will be provided advice and guidance by the Award Leader of the appropriateness of the course and how students may approach the modules and the research project. Applicants will be expected to have attained at least one qualification at a L7 level with a 50% pass or equivalent (Masters/MBA/MRes/MPhil). In exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not meet the above criteria but have an outstanding under-graduate degree along with significant professional experience will also be considered.

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University has decades of experience providing first-rate postgraduate education across a broad range of disciplines. The award-winning institution offers courses designed in collaboration with learning industry experts in a bid to provide solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. The main city campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent with the University’s dedicated Centres of Excellence in Healthcare...more

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