The Durham DBA is an executive doctoral programme for motivated, high achievers who want to develop their research, analytical and critical thinking skills to the highest level. The Doctorate in Business Administration is structured around a research project driven by the individual, with a focus on practical application in the business environment.
The programme is offered on a flexible part-time basis and takes from 4 to 6 years to complete. It is structured in phases, which enables you to receive regular feedback to facilitate progression.
Five taught modules delivered at the School (order of delivery may vary):
-Assessment is by individual written assignment for Modules 1-4.
-Between Modules 4 and 5 you will develop your research proposal.
-The individual written assignment for Module 5 has a 10,000 maximum word count.
Years 3 to 6 comprise individual supervised research and study.
Throughout your studies you’ll have access to specialist training opportunities. These sessions provide the opportunity for you to meet with visiting researchers and work closely alongside Durham’s academic faculty. Additionally, you will be supported to present your research findings at other universities, research institutes and international conferences.
There are a number of ways we can support you in preparing your research proposal. You can now access online guidance on how to write a research proposal, attend one of our global workshops, register for an online information session or if you want to experience all that the Business School has to offer, attend an introductory workshop here in Durham. Find out more >
It is important that your general research interests match those of at least one member of our academic staff. For information on the range of expertise and experience of our academic faculty and details of their research interests see Our People.
Successful application is based on your ability to meet the entry requirements, your research proposal and the School's capacity to provide relevant supervision for your research.
Our admissions process follows three stages:
Please ensure that:
Applications should be made using the on-line application form. You will be asked for the following information:
The following documents should also be submitted online as part of your application. Without these documents your application cannot be processed:
Only files of type .doc, .docx, .gif, .jpg, .pdf, .png, .rtf are permitted to be uploaded.
The maximum file size is 5MB.
If you have any problems attaching your supporting documents to your online application, [email protected].
We will process your application on the basis of all the information provided and will normally let you know our decision within four to six weeks. In certain circumstances we may need to request further information.
A successful application will be sent to Durham University's Student Recruitment and Admissions Office (SRAO) with a recommendation for approval. (We will contact you direct if we are unable to recommend your application for approval.)
The SRAO is responsible for approving all postgraduate applications. You should be aware that approval by the SRAO is not a formality and that in some cases where we recommended approval, the SRAO will be unable to support this. Until you receive an offer from the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office, you have not received a formal offer of a place.
If you have any queries about the application process, contact:
Doctoral Admissions, Durham University Business School
Mill Hill Lane, Durham, DH1 3TH, UK
Tel: +44 (0)191 334 5404
Email: [email protected].
Visit the DBA Doctorate of Business Administration page on the Durham University website for more details!