Taught course

Doctorate in Business Administration

University of Derby · College of Business, Law and Social Sciences
DBA by taught

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for UK students: You should have a Masters degree in a relevant field, although we will consider a good first degree instead of a Masters. You should also have at least three years’ professional experience. If English is not your first language, you may need to provide the minimum English qualification: IELTS level 6.5 (with no less than 6 in each component) by the time of entry. IELTS may not be needed if you have already obtained your degree in the UK or in an English speaking country (predominantly English speaking professional settings may be considered).

Months of entry


Course content

To recognise the diverse needs of today’s business professionals, we have created two DBA programmes:

The first DBA covers technical and theoretical development, professional development and research methods guidance. Professional development cycles will encourage you to make interventions in your working life to apply and reflect upon your learning.
You will be expertly supported in advancing your research capability to enable you to complete the final independent study. This study is your contribution to knowledge, an opportunity for you to generate a substantial piece of research which addresses an issue of your choosing.
Year One
· Contemporary Business and Management Practice – 20 credits
· Professional Development Cycle 1 – 20 credits
Year Two
· Designing and Executing Your Research – 20 credits
· Professional Development Cycle 2 – 20 credits
Years One and Two
· Research Skills (online) – 40 credits
Years Three-Six
· DBA Independent Study (50,000 words and viva voce)
– 420 credits

This is a unique way to study towards a doctoral qualification. You begin by studying the core of the Derby MBA but, at the independent research stage, you can choose between continuing working towards the MBA award or committing to more substantial DBA study to gain a doctoral award.
This option will suit anyone wanting to gain more diverse knowledge through studying a multitude of business functions. There is also more classroom teaching and learning as part of this programme.

Fees and funding

UK students
To be confirmed
International students
To be confirmed

If you are a Derby alumnus, you receive a 10% loyalty discount. This may be of particular interest to former Derby MBAs or MSc students. You are welcome to discuss finance options with the Fees and Finance team.

Qualification and course duration

DBA by taught

part time
72 months

Course contact details

College of Business
+44 (0)1332 591896