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Professional Doctorate in Doctorate in Business Administration - DBA


About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

The programme provides significant opportunity for the development of professional knowledge through applied research.

The programme can be studied through two routes: campus-taught and self-study. The campus-taught DBA iteration provides a block study experience, offering peer networking. The self-study DBA iteration does not include face-to-face teaching; instead modules are studied online, providing students with the flexibility they may require around their professional role.

The DBA offers an annual research conference to all cohorts, which provides a unique opportunity for students and academics (from a range of business topics) to showcase their research. A cohort Leadership Coach supports students in their senior leadership development.

The Doctorate of Business Administration:

  • Offers a practice-based route to a doctoral qualification, developing skills to undertake applied research;
  • Supports students to generate an advanced and critical understanding of their chosen study area, demonstrated through an original contribution to professional knowledge in the organisational context;
  • Develops students to synthesise ideas and concepts, using relevant theoretical frameworks to solve problems innovatively and drive change within their professional domain;
  • Benefits organisations and employers with students developing as change agents;
  • Supports and prepares students for enhanced career opportunities.

By studying the Doctorate of Business Administration students will achieve:

  • A doctoral level award which allows the title of Doctor to be used* (*some countries accept doctoral awards in different ways);
  • A doctorate that is orientated toward professionals, managers, executives, and practitioners.
  • Professional development and greater career prospects;
  • The opportunity to make an organisational impact through their applied research;
  • An ability to engage with advanced critical analysis;
  • Greater confidence and potential for publication;
  • A qualification from the University of Derby, the birthplace of the industrial revolution, innovation and home to manufacturing and engineering excellence.

Visit the Doctorate in Business Administration - DBA page on the University of Derby website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The programme seeks to admit highly capable individuals able to demonstrate motivation, interest and aptitude for doctoral level study with interests in business and management research. Both home and international applications are encouraged.
Applicants should have a masters degree in a relevant field. A good first degree may be considered instead of a masters
Applicants should have at least three years professional experience


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