Taught course

Doctor of Business Administration - DBA

London Metropolitan University · Guildhall School of Business and Law
DBA by taught

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a master’s degree with merit or an equivalent recognised qualification
  • five years’ experience in an appropriate professional role
  • satisfactory outline of research interest summarised on the DBA Application Support Form and a successful interview

Please complete the DBA Application Support Form and email this to our course leader, Dr Hazel Messenger, on h.messenger@londonmet.ac.uk.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet our standard requirements

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Months of entry


Course content

Make an impactful and sustainable difference to your organisation through work-related research that addresses a complex workplace issue.

This course is designed to help you carve a distinct progression route if you’re an experienced professional who’s passionate about making a positive impact on organisational practice.

Our business and management courses are ranked first for teaching quality in the Guardian University Guide 2023.

More about this course

Stand out in the marketplace and develop personal, consultancy and research competences on this Doctor of Business Administration programme.

This Doctor of Business Administration is suitable for experienced professionals from a wide range of sectors and organisations who are interested in becoming a specialist in their field of applied research. We welcome professionals from around the world as well as from a range of organisations, including SMEs and large organisations.

Positioned at the intersection between theory and application within the business sector, your focus will be on developing socially responsible and sustainable solutions to complex business problems. By planning original applied research in a supportive and structured environment, this professional doctorate will enable you to undertake a research study. You'll build your expertise and have the opportunity to make a positive impact on organisational practices.

Students are welcomed from the UK and around the world. You'll be supported to interpret evidence-based practice and enhance your capabilities as reflective practitioners. This will develop your executive and professional practice through the application of sound theory and rigorous research into real, topical and complex issues in business and management.

You’ll work collaboratively to analyse organisations, practices and markets, plus conduct your own research to build contexts more critically and reflectively. The goal will be to find sustainable solutions to key challenges in the workplace.

This course will use a hybrid learning approach, including face-to-face teaching as well as interactive workshops, virtual lectures and seminars.

Our research centres


You’ll be assessed through a variety of challenges that have been carefully selected to support your learning and be appropriate for the nature of disciplines covered. This includes coursework assignments, personal presentations and reflective accounts.

During the first part of this course, assessments for the modules are designed to help you focus on your own research interest. The final stage of the DBA involves independent research and the production of a final research project report or portfolio of 50-60,000 words, with an oral examination (viva).

Modular structure

This course is open to full-time and part-time students, and is organised in three stages.
Stages one and two are the preparatory stage and support you in developing your research project proposal. Stage three involves a pilot study and transfer to the full research phase.

Full-time students are anticipated to complete the course in two to four years (with four years being the maximum).
Part-time students are anticipated to complete the course in four to six years (with eight years being the maximum).

Course modules

Stage one

  • Planning Your DBA Journey (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Organisations and Management (40 credits)

Stage two

  • Developing as a Practitioner Researcher (20 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Research Design (40 credits)

Stage three

  • Impacting Organisational Practice: Research Pilot Study (60 credits)
  • Organisational Research Project (360 credits)

Information for international students

Due to unprecedented demand for our courses for the spring 2023 intake, international admissions are now closed for the majority of our postgraduate courses. You can still apply for the autumn 2023 intake. Distance learning courses courses are still available for spring 2023.

If you require a Student visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DBA by taught
    part time
    48-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Hazel