Doctor of Business Administration DBA

Business Administration DBA (Part Time)

1. Overview

The Doctor of Business Administration course has been created in conjunction with public and private sector leaders to further the career ambitions and provide a means to gain academic recognition for those who lead within their professions.

Students on the course will have the opportunity to blend the latest academic thinking, with business knowledge, skills and practice, to enable them to make a significant contribution to the enhancement of professional practice. The Doctorate in Business Administration is a professional doctorate that enables you to take a dynamic research based view of real world management issues. This doctorate is equivalent to a PhD but is more applied in nature.

2. What you will study

The DBA programme will give you a foundation in research methods and offer you the opportunity to research in one or more of the following areas:

  • Corporate Communications, Sales and Marketing
  • Finance, Accounting and Corporate Governance
  • Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour
  • Entrepreneurship and the Performance of SMEs
  • Leadership and Strategic Management
  • Environmental and Operations Management
  • Public Policy and Not-for-Profit Studies
  • Tourism, Hospitality and Retail Management
  • Technology, Innovation and e-Business.

In the first taught stage you will consolidate and extend your specialist knowledge and research competence and advance your research proposal. In the second stage you will take your proposal forward to a full dissertation.

3. Entry Requirements

The DBA is a challenging programme demanding a combination of intellectual ability and experience. We welcome applicants from across the world. To qualify for consideration you will need to demonstrate:

  • An MBA or Masters degree in a relevant area of business and management
  • A minimum of three years business experience
  • Ability to demonstrate competence in written and oral English

All candidates will be interviewed and be required to produce a research outline prior to formal acceptance onto the course

4. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2018/2019

All Students


  • £6,242 per academic year

For Academic Year 2017/2018

All Students


  • £6,070 per academic year

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

  • £5,895 per academic year

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

  • £5,680 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

  • £3,675 Year 1 (taught stage)
  • £3,675 Year 2 (taught stage)
  • £6,413 Per year (dissertation stage)

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

  • £3,440 Year 1 (taught stage)
  • £3,440 Year 2 (taught stage)
  • £6,005 Year (dissertation stage)

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

  • £3,300 Year 1 (taught stage)
  • £3,300 Year 2 (taught stage)
  • £5,775 Year (dissertation stage)

For Academic Year 2011/2012

All Students

  • £3,204 Year 1 (taught stage)
  • £3,204 Year 2 (taught stage)
  • £5,617 Year (dissertation stage)


Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


5. How to apply

All applications should be made via the University's application form for research students.

Completed application forms should be accompanied by:

  • Two academic references
  • A transcript or mark sheet for all graduate qualifications
  • A draft research proposal, or at least a short summary to indicate the potential area of research (Refer to Section 8 of the Application Form)
  • For applicants whose first language or language of university education is not English -Certificate of English language competency score of IELTS 6.5 in each of the four test components (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking). Students who can demonstrate successful completion of tertiary (university or college) studies in a country whose national language is English, may be exempted from this requirement

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Course Length

4-6 years

Mode of Attendance


Academic School
Aberdeen Business School