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Doctor of Business Administration

Nottingham Trent University

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  • Qualification

    DBA - Doctor of Business Administration

  • Location

    City Campus

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

The Nottingham Business School (NBS) DBA is a part-time doctorate designed for senior professionals in industry and academia to advance their practice whilst working in their existing roles. Offering a diverse balance of industry and academic practice, it is designed to leverage careers and/or make the transition into the highest levels of academia.

Our DBA is designed to improve your business and managerial practice through the development of your personal, intellectual and academic abilities, via a major academic research project. Your research will make academically recognised contributions to your chosen fields, thus providing private and public sector organisations with doctoral-level research outputs that make an impact in terms of policy and practice.

The programme has an innovative course structure allowing you to have the option of submitting your work in the form of conventional documents (route A) or in the style of academic papers (route B). The course team and supervisory team will work with you to ensure that you understand the different routes and options available to you based on your career aspirations and interests.

The DBA is designed for you to:

  • explore the relationship between theory and practice, between understanding the world and changing it.
  • develop your judgement, foresight, and problem analysis by applying theoretical and forensic skills to the research material derived from their investigations.
  • develop you as a reflective practitioner who has the intellectual and personal adaptability to be able to deal with organisational change and ambiguity.
  • develop communication skills which will enable you to communicate effectively with both academic and managerial and business communities, and to act as interpreters between the two.
  • help you design and implement a research project at the boundaries of knowledge in your professional and managerial fields and thus make a contribution to academic knowledge and professional practice.

Why study the DBA at Nottingham Business School?

The Doctorate of Business Administration is a research-based qualification and has the same academic standing as a PhD. As a student you can therefore expect a challenging, stretching, and demanding experience conducted in a stimulating atmosphere of intellectual and academic debate.

Our DBA aims to have a wider impact and real-world influence, enabling you to make an important contribution to society, culture and business. Project topics tend to focus on strategic issues that are present within the applicant’s organisation and are sufficiently complex to warrant a large-scale research study.

Tuition fees

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£ 12,000per year

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

University information

Nottingham Trent University

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  • Campus address

    Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 4FQ, England

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Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    55th out of 122 15

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    120 57%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72.0 72%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%


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