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Executive Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Doctorate

Executive Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Doctorate

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Study mode

Part time


4 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

DBA - Doctor of Business Administration

Subject areas

Database Administration Business Administration

Course type


Course Summary


The University of Bradford Executive Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is the pinnacle of management education.

The programme is as academically rigorous as a PhD, but is specifically designed for executives, professionals and senior managers who seek to combine the best of academic knowledge with the best of practitioner knowledge in order to push forward the boundaries of understanding contemporary and rapidly transforming business and management challenges.

The Executive DBA provides advanced research methods training through a suite of four specifically designed taught modules delivered by leading scholars to equip students to undertake independent empirical research on contemporary business/management challenges and to develop new knowledge and understandings.

Students will be supervised by leading research-active academics who regularly publish in international journals and present at prestigious conferences.

DBA students will have opportunities to present their research at the Annual Doctoral Conference at the Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences. They will also have the opportunity to give guest lectures on their research and/or managerial expertise as part of the International Guest Lecture Series. DBA students can also publish their research in academic and practitioner journals.

Learning and assessment

Teaching combines academic rigour with practicality and relevance to professionals, executives and managers.

The programme integrates applied and theoretical knowledge and, in particular, facilitates the development of new knowledge which is at the forefront of the discipline and organisational/management practice.

Each module builds on the learning achieved in previous modules, so learning is cumulative, and all modules relate to each other.

You will develop an understanding of the issues of translating research into practice - a fundamental aspect of a DBA. You will be expected to reflect on the key issues you are tackling and explore how such findings, if replicated in a bigger study, could be translated into practice.

Career prospects

The Executive Doctor of Business Administration is specifically designed for MBA (or equivalent) graduates who are looking for the next challenge in their careers.

Given that the DBA programme was first launched in 2001 at the School of Management, our DBA students will be joining our international alumni network of prominent business executives. Current and recent DBA students work for leading multinational companies such as Shell International, Siemens, Coca Cola, Volvo, Bayer, ING Group and Phillips International.


To develop your systematic and critical knowledge of research methods in business and management studies at doctoral level, and build on your experience of research at masters level, and to develop and practise broad-ranging and advanced research skills; To enable you to understand the philosophical framework that inform research methods and methodologies facilitating the critical analysis of the assumptions and methods of research; To apply advanced understanding of research methodologies in business and management studies more generally.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

£41,000 payable over four years as follows: Year 1: £13,000; Year 2: £13,000; Year 3: £7,500; Year 4: £7,500. An annual continuation fee of £5,000 is applicable for each year after year four.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

£41,000 payable over four years as follows: Year 1: £13,000; Year 2: £13,000; Year 3: £7,500; Year 4: £7,500. An annual continuation fee of £5,000 is applicable for each year after year four.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

For the DBA, students should have: a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree from an accredited institution; a minimum of five years’ relevant managerial work experience; a research proposal; two references (one academic, if possible); a high level of fluency in English.

University information

The University of Bradford uses technology to benefit society through its teaching and research. There are world-class facilities on site, and students enjoy a high-tech learning environment at this city centre university. The University employs industry-leading academics for its courses and has been conducting ground-breaking research for over 50 years. The campus is one of the most sustainable in the UK. Buildings are made using hemp, and...more