Entry requirements

The DBA (HEM) is designed for participants who have held a mid to senior level of responsibility in the field of higher education.

  • You should be a graduate of an approved university or hold a graduate-equivalent professional qualification and a post- or advanced graduate qualification (normally a Masters level degree) and have at least 3 years managerial experience in higher education. You will also be required to supply the names of two referees, one of which should be academic if you have studied in the last 5 years.
  • Exceptionally, we consider applications from those who do not fulfil the above criteria. Such cases will be assessed on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

The higher education environment of the 21st century is changing dramatically and requires managers who can respond creatively to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
The Bath Doctor of Business Administration in Higher Education Management was developed in response to such developments and is the first programme of its kind offered world-wide.
Why study the DBA in Higher Education Management?
The DBA (HEM) is distinctive in that it is based in a leading School of Management and combines research excellence with professional practice. The interdisciplinary nature of the research carried out puts Bath at the forefront of this exciting field.

Department specialisms

Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Governance and Regulation, Strategic Change and Leadership, The Future of Work, Sustainability and Responsibility, Healthcare, Higher Education Management.

Information for international students

For those whose first language is not English, we require evidence of an appropriate level of language proficiency. The preferred test is the IELTS which is administered by the British Council. We require a score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component of the test) and the pass date must be not more than two years old on the start date of the course.

Fees and funding

Please see the postgraduate funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-96 months

Course contact details

DBA (HEM) Administrator
01225 386213