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Professional Doctorate in Doctor of Business Administration DBA


Course Description

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a professional doctorate with the same status as a PhD. It is the highest qualification available in business and management, designed for senior professionals who wish to advance their careers by developing their academic research and critical thinking skills. The Northampton DBA is a part-time programme that typically runs over four years. The first two years are structured around facilitated modules that provide the foundations for the research project, the main element of the DBA. This research project needs to make a significant contribution to professional practice by developing existing theories and knowledge.

The DBA provides the opportunity for you to cultivate the skills needed to find better solutions for intractable problems and develop new paradigms for the increasingly complex, turbulent and interconnected business environment. It does this by:

  • honing your critical thinking and analytical skills to identify the core or ‘real’ issues
  • refining your capability to evaluate evidence on which to base decisions
  • developing your ability to produce robust and reliable research
  • improving the clarity with which you present and support arguments
  • providing the understanding for you to question ideas and options appropriately

Through undertaking rigorous research into a meaningful and complex issue within your own organisation, you will make a direct contribution to your executive or professional practice.

In this way, the Northampton DBA will enable you to differentiate yourself, not just in terms of having the qualification, but also in the way you work and think.


Visit the Doctor of Business Administration DBA page on the University of Northampton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants will need to meet all of the following criteria:
- Hold a Masters degree in a business-related subject, normally completed within the last ten years.
- Have a minimum of five years’ relevant work experience, at an appropriate level.
- Be employed in a senior leadership/management role capable of supporting the achievement of the programme learning outcomes, including the professional research project.

Course Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Part Time: £8000 in Year One and Year Two, £4000 Year Three and Year Four



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