Research course

Doctorate in Business Administration

University of Gloucestershire · The Business School

Entry requirements

  • You will need a Masters degree or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
  • A minimum of two years' post qualification professional practice and ability to demonstrate professional competence of a high standard in the relevant research area

Months of entry


Course content

This DBA is for students with managerial experience who have a practical or professional position in an organisation and wish to develop their strengths in this area. Address a wide range of research topics from consumer behaviour to management accounting, or leadership to production control. Develop doctoral work that has relevance to theory and practice in whatever area you choose.The programme starts with a pre-thesis modular element which lasts, on average, 18 months, after which you present your formal research plan for an area focused on a topic of your choice. You then enter the thesis phase, which lasts a minimum of a further 18 months if studying full-time and 30 months as a part-time candidate. At its conclusion, you present and defend a thesis in viva voce. The great benefit of this period of study is that you achieve an understanding and perception of managerial work that cannot be attained by other means.

As a DBA graduate, you will become even more prominent in your area of practice. This provides significant benefits both you and to your organisation. It also offers a pathway to lecturing in your subject areas. DBA classes are recruited in cohorts of 10 and 20 participants who benefit from a collaborative learning environment.

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DBA
    full time
    30-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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