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Doctorate in Business Administration, D.B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


The DBA is structured around a research project driven by the individual, with a focus on practical application in the business environment.

The Doctorate in Business Administration at Durham University is offered on a flexible part-time basis and takes from 4 to 6 years to complete.  It is structured in phases, which enables you to receive regular feedback to facilitate progression.


As part of our vibrant and welcoming research-led community, you’ll work alongside a diverse faculty of research students and distinguished international academics to develop an independent, critical and high-level command of your subject area. You’ll be directly involved in the research activities and culture of the School and get support with funding to participate in conferences both at home and abroad.

Our reputation is founded on our research. At the heart of this research is a collaborative approach, with academics working with many disciplines to shape and share the latest thinking. We’re also committed to connecting you with a network of high-profile guest speakers through our active research seminar programme.

Our research spans disciplines, geographies and industries. We feed fresh thinking and push the boundaries of how businesses work. From social policy and economic growth to international development, our research is renowned and relevant around the world.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date We did our best, but couldn't find the next application deadline and start date information online.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      The programme is offered on a flexible part-time basis and takes from 4 to 6 years to complete.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • The Ecology of Organisations
  • Power, Control and Resistance in Organisations
  • Change in Organisations
  • Leadership in Organisations
  • Research Design Workshop
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Groups
  • Academic Progression Reviews

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

You will need:

  • A Master’s degree in a discipline related to business and management from a recognised university or other institution of higher education; or equivalent qualifications or experience
  • A 500-2000 word research proposal. Guidance on preparing your research proposal.
  • English proficiency

Work Experience

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

A minimum of five years management experience

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    13500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • Year 3 - £4,000
  • Year 4 - £4,000
  • Year 5 - £3,000
  • Year 6 -  £2,000
  • Year 7 - Continuation fee

            Living costs for Durham

            • 660 - 1140 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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