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Doctor of Business Administration (The Salford DBA)

Doctor of Business Administration (The Salford DBA)

Key information

Qualification type

DBA - Doctor of Business Administration

Subject areas

Business Administration

Course type


Course Summary

The Salford DBA is designed to bridge the gap between professional practice and academic research. Developed for senior professionals, the Doctorate in Business Administration is a research-based qualification that is delivered in a blended format, allowing you to earn a doctoral-level degree without sidelining your career. Whilst equivalent to a PhD, the part-time delivery and commercial focus of the DBA make it far more relevant to high-level business professionals. By helping you to build an advanced understanding of theoretical frameworks, methods and techniques, the DBA provides you with the skills and knowledge to improve performance at both an individual and organisational level. The research you undertake in the second stage of the DBA will be directly linked to your own profession or organisation, meaning the ideas presented in your work can be implemented effectively in the workplace.

Throughout the programme, you will benefit from the tuition and support of our team of lecturers, all of whom have extensive academic and industry experience. In such a competitive international marketplace, the empirical strategic approach that the DBA encourages helps to set your business apart from the competition and equips you with skills that could transform your career. The DBA is about putting research into action, working on real managerial challenges and developing relevant theoretical models. The skills and knowledge acquired throughout the programme not only enhance you as an individual but improve performance at an organisational level. Studying for a Doctorate in Business Administration is a challenging, but hugely rewarding way for senior managers and executives to reap the benefits of an empirical approach to problem solving. With a blended delivery, the DBA not only improves your career, but works around it.

Different course options

Study mode



5 years

Start date



Stage 1 takes place in the first two years of the course through four online taught modules and a research project. In years one and two, you will gain specialist knowledge via the development and application of theoretical frameworks, methods and techniques. You will complete the first stage of the programme by undertaking a 15,000 word applied research project concentrating on your specific area of interest.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


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 must have an MBA, MSc or MA in a business or law related subject; A minimum of 3 years post-degree work experience at management/executive level.

University information

The University of Salford’s campus is based across three sites, with Peel Park within walking distance of Manchester. More than 3,000 postgraduate students study taught and research degrees each year, contributing to some of Salford’s nationally and internationally-recognised research projects. There are four academic schools at the University of Salford: School of Arts and Media School of Health and Society Salford Business...more