Research course

Doctor of Business Administration

University of Chester · Centre for Work Related Studies

Entry requirements

pplicants will typically need to demonstrate the following within their application and interview:

Be employed or self-employed, and be in a position to influence organisational, sectoral or national policy; and

An Honours degree with a minimum of an upper second class from a recognised university; and

A Master's degree in a relevant field and with a minimum of a ‘merit’ profile from a recognised university; and

A minimum of 5 years’ experience of substantial responsibility and appropriate seniority to specify and implement significant change initiatives within your organisation or sector; and

Relevance of your research proposal by ensuring that the proposed topic addresses a practice problem faced by managers and organisations, and that the results of the research have the potential to make a significant contribution by identifying relevant solutions; and

Advanced skills in writing evidenced by a 1,000 word (max.) project proposal outlining the 'what, why and how' of a research project (please contact the programme leader prior to application for specific guidance in this regard); and

Commitment to advanced continuing professional development.

Months of entry


Course content

Our DBA is designed for high-performing professionals to stimulate organisational, national or international development and contribute to wider debates in their field.

Innovative research solutions are now required to tackle the challenging circumstances facing contemporary organisations. Our DBA participants positively engage with these challenges as active members of our research community. Our aim is to develop leading practitioner-researchers who inspire strategic change and contribute to wider debates in our areas of expertise.

Information for international students

English Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate competence at IELTS Level 7.0.

For those who do not have IELTS or an acceptable in-country English language qualification, the University of Chester has developed its own online English language test which applicants can take for just £50.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Chester Business School