Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

the United Kingdom

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The award
DBA

How long you will study
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Domestic course fees
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How you will study
part-time

Course starts
March, October

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About Doctorate in Business Administration at University of Derby

  • Our DBA programme leads to a highly recognised doctoral level qualification, enabling you to build your research credentials while advancing your professional practice in management
  • Your doctoral studies will be specific to you and your working role: you will undertake independent research in the area relevant to your professional and academic development and advance your knowledge which can be harnessed to improve your own organisation's performance
  • You do not have to put your career on hold: the DBA is structured to offer maximum flexibility, with teaching in short study blocks and a substantial research project which can be fitted around your work schedule
  • We equip you with high-level research and analysis skills so that you can integrate evidence into practice and become a more critical and reflective practitioner
  • You will receive extensive support from academic supervisors with specialist knowledge in your subject area

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardDBAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study find out
    Course startsMarch, OctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

The programme seeks to admit highly capable individuals able to demonstrate motivation, interest and aptitude for doctoral level study with interests in business and management research. Both home and international applications are encouraged.

  • Applicants should have a masters degree in a relevant field. A good first degree may be considered instead of a masters
  • Applicants should have at least three years professional experience
  • Where English is not the first language, applicants may need to provide the minimum English qualification IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in each component). IELTS may not be needed where a degree has been obtained in the UK or another English speaking countries. English speaking professional settings may be considered
  • All applicants must be interviewed
  • Decisions about entry to the programme are made on the basis of application, prior education attainment, interview, professional experience and research proposal

Where English is not the first language:

  • Applicants need to provide the minimum English qualification IELTS level 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component area). All tutorials, supervision and assessment are in English. Other substantial evidence of English Proficiency may be taken into account
  • Applicants may be required to undertake a pre-sessional English course at additional cost to ensure that they have a standard of English appropriate to this level of study. If applicants do not pass this course they will not be permitted to study on this programme

Potential applicants are strongly advised to discuss the programme and alternative doctoral study options with the Programme Leader prior to applying to ensure a best fit in terms of personal, professional and career aspirations.

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