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University of Bath Featured Professional Doctorate Programmes

Professional Doctorate in Doctor in Business Administration


About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

The DBA - Doctor in Business Administration, is a 48 Months Program offered by Munich Business School in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) in UK, students can boost their academic or business careers in an international and flexible setting that doesn‘t require them to put their professional careers on hold.

Program Structure and Goals

The structure of the DBA program reflects two objectives: the first is to present you with an opportunity to discuss key substantive topics and concepts in contemporary business and management theory; the second is to take you through the process of developing and planning a doctoral research project in a staged way, and then to the execution of the project itself.

To reach these objectives, the DBA program is backed up by a set of three complementary modules, all of which are taught and assessed during phase one of your DBA studies. Upon the successful completion of these modules, you will be left with the foundation of your thesis. The modules are delivered in one-week blocks, and then contextualized with the help of your supervisor. 

Research Phase and Doctoral Thesis

Once you have successfully completed all three complementary modules, and formally presented your research, followed by the approval of your research report, you will be able to progress onto the formal research phase, and the actual production of your doctoral thesis.

During this process, you receive permanent supervisory support from both SHU and MBS.

Upon completion, you submit your doctoral thesis to SHU for defense at an oral examination (viva voce). When successful, you are awarded the degree DBA Doctor of Business Administration by SHU. 

Our Partner Sheffield Hallam University

Munich Business School offers the part-time DBA program in collaboration with Sheffield Business School (SBS), one of the main faculties at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) in Sheffield, UK. SHU is renowned for its modern facilities, dynamic approach to teaching and learning, and high levels of student support. With 34,000 students from over 100 countries worldwide and 3,000 staff members, it is one of the UK’s largest and most progressive universities. 

Research at Sheffield Hallam University addresses real-world challenges that impact upon people’s lives. SHU is highly ranked for research. In fact, 72 % of their research is ranked internationally excellent or world-leading for impact (Research Excellence Framework 2014). 

Sheffield Business School (SBS), with more than 8,000 students from more than 100 countries, is one of Sheffield Hallam University's main faculties, and has a national and international reputation for delivering postgraduate and professional management development programs. With over thirty years of experience in research and teaching in business and management, SBS is involved in a diverse range of pure and applied research, covering most areas of business and management.

Participant Profile & Cohort

The DBA program of Munich Business School and Sheffield Hallam University is developed for managers and executives who:

  • meet the academic requirements of the program,
  • can contribute to class learning in the program and add value to the student experience,
  • benefit from the learning experience and show evidence that the DBA will add value to their already successful career,
  • have managerial and leadership potential, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as well as a high degree of maturity and Motivation.

An integral part of the program is the cohort, the group of students who begin the program at the same time and attend all study blocks together. Students in the cohort engage in discussions with each other during the study blocks, learning from each other. Outside of the study blocks, the discussions may continue, with students sharing ideas and experiences, and supporting each other.


Visit the Doctor in Business Administration page on the Munich Business School website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Munich Business School seeks to admit candidates to the DBA Doctor of Business Administration program who:

- Have successfully completed a Master's degree in Business, Management or a related area.
- Have preferably 3 years of managerial experience.
- English proficiency TOEFL (min. 100), IELTS (min. 7.0) or English is the official language in daily business communication.


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