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Doctor of Business Administration, Ph.D.

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Our Doctorate in Business Administration is designed for executives who want to apply research-based thinking to business issues.

While broadly equivalent to a PhD, our DBA has a more direct relevancy to the needs of the real business world. Created in 2003, it will enable you to use research methods to define, implement and evaluate issues facing your organisation. Currently, the programme has high-calibre students from all over the world. From a diverse range of backgrounds, they include senior police commanders in Asia, company CEOs in Canada, senior academics in Ireland and postdoctoral researchers in Vietnam.

The programme:
  • builds on the internationally successful EBS MBA programme, utilising established distance-learning-based delivery and support systems
  • produces applied research professionals - people who are able to analyse complex business issues and develop original and reliable solutions
  • generates understanding of synergies and insights that can only be developed by integrating different disciplines within the context of original research

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

You first complete the three courses titled Introduction to Business Research 1, 2 and 3. These courses make up our pre-doctoral programme and will help you understand the research process.

Introduction to Business Research 1

The research proposal - this course gives you a basic understanding of:

• What research is and how it is carried out.

• The concept of research

• Empirical theory

• Experimental and observational research

• Basic research techniques

• Qualitative and quantitative research

• Research risk management and project management

• Choosing a subject and research focus

• Application to business research

• Writing a research proposal

• Developing a research timetable.

Introduction to Business Research 2

The Intermediate Submission - Research methodology and literature review

Introduction to Business Research 3

Research Methodology, Data Collection and Analysis, Results and Conclusions

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

General Requirements

To be eligible for admission you must hold one of the following qualifications:
  • A Heriot-Watt University MBA
  • An approved MBA of equivalent standard to that currently offered by Edinburgh Business School
  • A Masters degree such as MSc, MA, MPhil in a relevant field of study
  • A PhD in a relevant area
In addition, you should normally have a minimum of 5 years of relevant business experience.

The EBS Research Committee may approve other applications where there is evidence of exceptional and relevant experience or ability and where evidence is provided of your ability to undertake the programme.

Work Experience

At least 5 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23480 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23480 GBP for the full programme and a duration of .
  • EU/EEA

    23480 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23480 GBP for the full programme and a duration of .
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Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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