Research course

Business Administration

Sheffield Hallam University · Sheffield Business School

Entry requirements

Normally you should

• have an MBA, or masters qualification in a relevant area

• be pursuing, or have pursued, a significant career in professional or business areas that fall within the research interests of Sheffield Business School

• display evidence of your potential to develop work of doctoral standard

Applicants whose first language is not English must show evidence of

• IELTS 7.0 overall with no element under 6.5

• TOEFL iBT test with an overall score of 100 with a minimum of 23 in listening, 23 in reading, 26 in writing and 22 in speaking

Exceptionally, we may consider applicants without a masters degree who

• have a good first degree in an appropriate discipline

• have at least three years’ management or professional experience that reflects the research interests of Sheffield Business School

• can demonstrate continued development/education since graduation

You also need to talk to the course or programme leader to ensure that

• you meet the admissions criteria

• you have the potential ability to complete the course successfully within four years

• you can demonstrate intellectual curiosity, a capacity for critical analysis of issues, and the ability to abstract and formulate underlying principles in a systematic way

• your proposed area of research is appropriate to the programme

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able toclaim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Months of entry


Course content

This research-based doctorate (DBA) is ideal for those people who are enthusiastic about learning and want to make a difference to the way that management and professional practice is developed in their specialism. Studying for a business doctorate allows you to develop evidence-based research and a full doctoral thesis, equivalent to a PhD, whilst continuing to pursue a career as a senior professional or manager.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
£7,315 a year for years one and two, £4,755 a year for years three and four, and £2,385 a year for years five and six (if required)
International students
£10,145 a year for years one and two, £5,630 a year for years three and four, and £2,820 a year for years five and six (if required)

There is support available to help you afford tuition fees and living costs whilst your study at Hallam. Find out at

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to international students who study this course. Visit to find out more.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 to 72 months months

Course contact details

Sheffield Busienss School
+44 (0)114 225 5555