Research course

Doctorate in Business Administration

Coventry University · Centre for Business in Society

Entry requirements

Candidates must have:

  1. A postgraduate Master’s degree with Merit or above, or with a minimum overall average mark of 60% or above, in a relevant discipline/subject area and a minimum mark of 60% in the project element or equivalent; OR
  2. A First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline/subject area, or an approved equivalent award, with a minimum mark of 60% in the project element or equivalent; OR
  3. Appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of achievement.

Additional requirements are that candidates:

  1. Have a minimum of five years’ practitioner experience in a relevant field;
  2. Are undertaking a role within an appropriate setting that will allow the implementation of innovation and change necessary to meet the requirements of the programme;
  3. Have an identified mentor who is an experienced practitioner in a relevant field.

Months of entry

January, May, September

Course content

The Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) programme is cohort-based, with groups of up to 10 candidates mentored throughout their research degree by an expert academic team. The DBA is designed for practising managers with the experience and roles to facilitate impactful change within their organisations as a result of their research. Whilst the programme contains some taught elements designed to enhance your research skills and capabilities, the final award of the Doctorate is based on a portfolio of original research, presented in a thesis.

The DBA process

Your DBA journey will go through three important phases, each designed to add an additional layer to your final submission.

Phase one (12-24 months)

Creating the foundation for the DBA: establishing the research question, context and methodology.

Phase two (12-24 months)

Conducting the research: one or several practical focused projects.

Phase three (12-24 months)

Assembling the thesis: critical reflection on research findings, implementation and observation of 'change'.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DBA
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

You may complete your DBA within four years

Course contact details

Dr Harjit Sekhon