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Doctorate in Business Administration DBA

Doctorate in Business Administration DBA

Key information

Qualification type

DBA - Doctor of Business Administration

Subject areas

Business Administration

Course type


Course Summary

The University of Derby’s Doctorate in Business Administration is a new executive doctoral research degree programme that centres on the creation and application of knowledge in business and management. It provides a structured approach to a doctoral award for high-achieving individuals. Our Doctorate in Business Administration is a research-based qualification, which is aimed at advancing your professional practice in management alongside developing your research credentials

The Doctorate of Business Administration: offers a practice-based route to a doctoral qualification, developing skills to undertake applied research; supports students to generate an advanced and critical understanding of their chosen study area, demonstrated through an original contribution to professional knowledge in the organisational context; develops students to synthesise ideas and concepts, using relevant theoretical frameworks to solve problems innovatively and drive change within their professional domain; benefits organisations and employers with students developing as change agents; supports and prepares students for enhanced career opportunities.

Assessments have been designed to be broad, wide-ranging, flexible and innovative, facilitating professional learning and allowing students to produce work relevant to their own specialism. Students undertake doctoral research for many reasons and many see benefits in terms of promotions in their professional area. Students are encouraged to maintain links with the University beyond their programme, possibly to contribute to joint research projects, associate lecturing, or publication with their former supervision team.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


6 years

Start date



Introduction to research (20 Credits)
Negotiated module (20 Credits)
Designing research projects (40 Credits)
Communicating your research (20 Credits)
Developing the professional self (20 Credits)
Practitioner project

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Year 1: £7,400; Year 2: £7,400; Year 3: £5,500; Year 4: £5,500; all fees may be subject to annual increase.

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

Applicants should have a master’s degree in a relevant field. A good first degree may be considered instead of masters and applicants should have at least three years professional experience.

University information

The University of Derby is spread across three campuses in Derby, Buxton and Chesterfield. Derby is proud to welcome students from more than 100 countries around the world, so you’ll be part of a diverse, international community. Whether you are progressing from undergraduate study, want to change or develop your career, or simply study the subject you love in more depth, the University offers a wide range of courses and flexible study...more

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