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 • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

With over 230 students based in Cyprus, Germany and the UK, the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) programme is one of the largest of its kind in Europe and has recently been ranked in the world's top ten by its students.

This programme is for executives able to engage in major projects inside their employing organisations. It benefits you, makes a contribution to knowledge, and can significantly develop your organisation.

You can address a wide range of research topics, from consumer behaviour to management accounting, or leadership to production control. The key is that you are able to develop doctoral work that has relevance to theory and practice in whatever area you choose.

The DBA is a structured route to doctoral level achievement. The initial pre-thesis modular element lasts 18 months, after which you present your formal research plan. You then enter the thesis phase, which lasts a minimum of a further 18 months. At its conclusion, you present and defend a thesis in a viva voce exam. You achieve an understanding and perception of managerial work that cannot be attained by other means. The DBA provides you with a vocational and professional doctorate that is better suited to your needs, and that of your industry, than a more traditional PhD.

DBA classes are limited to between ten and 20 participants who benefit from a collaborative learning environment.

Qualification and course duration


full time
30-48 months

Course contact details

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