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Doctorate Business Administration (DBA Online), D.B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Thie Doctorate Business Administration (DBA) programmes offered by Teesside University gives you the opportunity to combine advanced study with professional experience. The structure allows you to gain knowledge and confidence in academic research at the beginning of the programme, followed by support from your supervisory team during the DBA Advanced Independent Work module. 
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The course offers a stimulating and well-balanced integrated curriculum that places emphasis upon developing the skills and knowledge of those individuals who aspire to achieve senior organisational positions within their business or industry setting. 

You will develop your personal, professional, critical thinking and reflective skills to prepare you to manage, lead and transform your organisations.The course comprises three modules. You start by getting your bearings with research, then learn how to engage with academic literature at a doctoral level, before formally reviewing the literature relevant to your proposed study. 

You are required to design a study, which brings to the fore some complex philosophical issues about what insight we can gain from the data we obtain. You then analyse and present your data in a meaningful way. Finally, you write-up your study in the form of a thesis and prepare to defend it at an oral (viva voce) examination.

Career opportunities

Typically graduates move into senior management and strategic leadership roles, internal consultant/project leadership roles or into external consultancy roles. DBA applicants are expected to be relatively senior business-based professionals at point of entry, so whilst the course will allow you to build on your existing work experience and skills, it will develop you as a research-informed business leader who is able to apply best practice within your organisational context and towards your own managerial practices.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Core modules

  • Applying Management and Organisational Studies Research
  • DBA Advanced Independent Study
  • Research Methods for Doctoral Students
*Modules offered may vary.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

The Doctorate Business Administration (Online) is designed for people who have achieved, or expect to achieve, senior organisational positions and/or who wish to enhance their analytical and research skills and knowledge. Applicants should have a master's degree in a subject that has aspects that relate to business and/or management, together with a minimum of three years' managerial experience. 

Applicants should include a short research proposal with their application. All prospective students will be interviewed. Applicants must show they have recent and relevant study or practice in the field of business and/or management.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6187 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6187 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Doctoral loans - up to £25,000If you’re starting a doctoral degree on or after 1 August 2018, you could get a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £25,000 to help with course fees and living costs.It isn’t based on your income or your family’s and it’s paid directly to you. 

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