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Doctorate in Business Administration DBA

University of Derby

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  • Qualification

    DBA - Doctor of Business Administration

  • Location

    Kedleston Road Campus

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    MAR-21, OCT-21

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

Aimed at high-achieving professionals, our part-time Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) provides an exciting practice-based route to a research degree. It enables you to create and apply original business and management knowledge in ways which will benefit your organisation, industry and profession as well as your career.

Course description

  • Our DBA programme leads to a highly recognised doctoral level qualification, enabling you to build your research credentials while advancing your professional practice in management
  • Your doctoral studies will be specific to you and your working role: you will undertake independent research in the area relevant to your professional and academic development and advance your knowledge which can be harnessed to improve your own organisation’s performance
  • You do not have to put your career on hold: the DBA is structured to offer maximum flexibility, with teaching in short study blocks and a substantial research project which can be fitted around your work schedule
  • We equip you with high-level research and analysis skills so that you can integrate evidence into practice and become a more critical and reflective practitioner
  • You will receive extensive support from academic supervisors with specialist knowledge in your subject area – all within a truly international research community where you benefit from peer learning and networking
  • Adding the title of Doctor to your CV will make an instant impression, helping you to raise your professional profile and give added momentum to your career.

The DBA attracts experienced professionals in senior and managerial roles who are keen to take the next step in their career development, to undertake impactful business research, and to add to the body of knowledge in their sector and profession. Many of our students have already achieved masters qualifications and choose the DBA as an alternative to more traditional PhD programmes.

Flexibility is central to the DBA. In the first two years, you will attend the University for scheduled taught sessions which are delivered in five short study blocks – three blocks in Year 1 and two blocks in Year 2 of your study- so that you can fit your learning around your work and home commitments. Throughout your DBA programme, you will undertake your independent research project with the support and guidance of expert supervisors.

Students choose to complete doctoral research for many reasons: you could be keen to take your professional development to the next level; to pursue applied research which has a meaningful impact in your workplace; or to add to the body of specialist knowledge about a particular professional area.

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University information

University of Derby

  • University League Table

    99th

  • Campus address

    University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, Derby, DE22 1GB, England

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Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    74th out of 123 7

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    110 51%

    89th

    26
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    75 75%

    47th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.05 81%

    39th

    6

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