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Professional Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

Are you a senior manager, consultant or entrepreneur who wants to draw together both the theoretical and practical aspects of leadership and managerial experience? Designed to enable you to develop professional practice, theoretical understanding and reflexive capability, the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) is a high level, innovative qualification and an alternative route if you wish to research your professional practice at doctorate level.

Key features

Enjoy being central to the progress of the course - the DBA assumes that your organisation and society are continually changing, and will relate these issues to wider theoretical questions.

Further your understanding of leadership and change and, through the study of specific situations, make general conclusions about practical problems.

Develop a creative mind in relation to individual perspectives and organisational contexts.

Benefit from direct involvement with the Plymouth Graduate School of Management research community.

Gain new perspectives and learn precise methodological approaches that add value in terms of effectiveness, capability and efficiency.​

Course details

You will undertake an individual research project drawing on your practical experience and theoretical frameworks. Initially there is an emphasis on close direction through workshops, presentations and written papers. On the basis of the written papers and a research proposal, the second phase involves the completion of a thesis. You will be expected to concentrate on an issue directly related to your workplace, such as solving a problem or identifying new operational procedures. Before you start your thesis, you’ll agree your area of research with the University, individual student and any other participating organisations. Individual tuition and supervision will be available to you for the duration of the programme.


The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email .

Visit the Business Administration (DBA) page on the University of Plymouth website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Entry criteria will reflect the status of the programme and include workplace experience as well as previous qualifications. You will be interviewed and your capability to undertake the taught part of the programme will be established. Progression onto the research element will depend on successful completion of six modules and a research proposal.

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