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DBA Doctorate of Business Administration

University of Southampton

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  • Qualification

    DBA - Doctor of Business Administration

  • Location

    Highfield Campus

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    30-SEP-21

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

Gain fresh insights into a real-world business problem on this DBA degree. Its strong emphasis on rigorous research will help you take your critical and analytical skills to a new level to enhance your professional credentials.

Introducing your degree

Advance your career by studying for a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) at Southampton Business School. This DBA, which is among the research-focused courses offered in the UK, will give you access to the latest ideas in your sector and enable you to apply them to a real-world problem within your organisation. As well as sharpening your critical and analytical skills, you will develop your managerial capabilities and apply your learning in the workplace. You’ll be supervised by leading academics with expertise in your area of research, who will share their knowledge and support you throughout your DBA journey. This part-time degree is designed for senior managers and consultants who want to study at an advanced level while working full time. It can be completed over a maximum of seven years although you can choose to complete within four. We offer the flexibility to pause your studies or extend the course duration to fit around your professional commitments.

Make a step change in your career by studying for a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) at Southampton Business School. The DBA is equivalent to a PhD, but focuses on high-level strategic business problems rather than purely academic questions. Supervised by expert academics, you’ll apply the latest concepts and methodologies to a real-world issue within your organisation or business sector. You’ll also devise and follow a professional development plan, through which you will demonstrate the impact of your studies on your own practice and development.

To ensure we maintain our reputation for academic excellence, this course has a small, select intake. Our students are senior managers or consultants who are looking to challenge themselves and who have approached us with a robust research idea.

Key facts

  • Designed for senior executives and consultants who want to make a step change in their career or stand out from their competitors.
  • This DBA concentrates on rigorous, independent research, unlike many other UK DBA degrees that include more taught or project-based elements.
  • You’ll work with two research-active supervisors who will offer expert support and guidance throughout your studies.
  • Students have up to a maximum of seven years but the programme can be completed over four years. There is the flexibility to pause your studies or extend the course duration to accommodate changing professional commitments.

Career Opportunities

Whatever your sector or your motivation for studying, the research-based approach of the Southampton Business School DBA will help you to advance your career. Achieving a DBA qualification will:

  • develop your analytic and critical skills, enabling you to approach business challenges in new ways
  • build your credentials and differentiate you from other consultants or professionals in your field
  • enable you to develop an evidence-based consulting model or management tool that will give you a competitive advantage
  • help you to move towards a career in academia, or a portfolio career that includes academic aspects

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 13,150per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

  • University League Table

    17th

  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton welcomes students from over 130 countries, including more than 7,450 EU and international students.
There are a wide range of support programmes to help students prepare for learning in a British academic environment and meet English language requirements.
Every September there is a free welcome programme for international and EU students, designed to help students settle into life in the UK.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    19th out of 123 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    148 68%

    29th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    81 81%

    26th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.19 84%

    13th

    10

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