Taught course

Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

Birmingham City University · Birmingham City Business School
DBA by taught

Entry requirements

To join the DBA programme, you must have completed an MA, MSc or MBA degree in a particular area of business-related professional practice and have at least five years related professional practice experience, as well as being employed in the professional capacity that you propose to study. You must have the formal agreement and active co-operation of the organisation where the DBA studies are to take place.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

Birmingham City Business School (BCBS) Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) qualification is explicitly intended to assist mid-career professional managers who wish to develop themselves as ‘scholar-practitioners’. The modules taught are based on appreciating the range of methodological approaches to carry out research based upon consideration of theoretical aspects of your organisation’s practice.

  • Our DBA will ensure that you:
  • Understand the basis of management theory and the models presented
  • Give you opportunities to engage in collaborative appraisal of intellectual ideas
  • Allow you to explore aspects of organisational practice and seek improvement through the application of theoretical concepts
  • Develop your learning and ability to critically reflect through thinking and writing
  • Enhance awareness of strategic issues
  • Create opportunities to use tools and techniques to take better decisions
  • Write a research-based thesis on a topic of interest or concern in your organisation

Please note:

  • This course is part-time and therefore for Home/EU students only.
  • For September start the application deadline is the end of July, and for February start the application deadline is the end of October.
What's covered in the course

The DBA (in contrast to a traditional academic PhD) is designed to help you apply research-based thinking to business ideas, whilst deepening and broadening your understanding of professional practice. You will also develop essential research skills which will enable you to play a leading role in strategic organisational development, policy formation and evaluation at a strategic level.

The programme addresses strategic issues in professional practice globally, and places a high priority on the beneficial transfer of knowledge to the workplace. There will be a balance of intellectual scholarly enquiry with an applied problem-focused approach of direct relevance to your organisation.

The course combines workshops, research based activities and a substantial research enquiry thesis to:

  • enable you to focus on your own or participating organisations in a new way, based on a doctoral level understanding
  • enhance management professional practice by developing and applying new knowledge
  • empower you to improve your own personal practice as a professional
  • employ new learning in change management and organisational development
  • extend the range of ideas and skills to deliver change within your own or participating organisation
  • enjoy considerable personal development, so that you achieve a greater level of effectiveness as a professional
  • develop an action research/learning approach to organisational problems
  • encourage critical engagement with consultancy and research processes.

The programme is intended to help you apply theory and professional practice perspectives to your own situation and work-based practice, and on completion, you may consider putting the thesis forward for publication.

Information for international students

Due to the part time nature of this course, only home/EU students are elligible to apply for the DBA programme.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,125 per year

Qualification and course duration

DBA by taught

part time
36 months

Course contact details

Dr Steve McCabe
+44 (0) 121 331 5595