• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The Executive Executive Doctor of Business Administration programme from Aston University Online is structured for business leaders to build the skills to design and deliver research that makes an impact, strengthen the ability to solve complex business problems, and form an in-depth analysis into a relevant topic and develop a comprehensive research project.
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Doctoral degrees are for professionals to build advanced knowledge in their fields, but they’re not all the same, and often confused. For example, a PhD. degree is tailored toward producing academics, as a DBA is customised for future executives. 

The Executive Doctor of Business Administration programme from Aston University Online is a part-time distance learning course that can be completed in 4-6 years.

The Research Methods Course (RMC) modules are taught by expert staff in management research, completed in year 1 (maximum of 2 years), and are the foundation for all doctoral students: 

  • Develop as a professional researcher
  • Build the skills required to successfully complete the programme 
  • Lead to the development of your final research proposal and qualifying report

Distance Learning

The Executive DBA offers a wide range of facilities in order to ease your transition into the world of research. 

A specifically tailored Distance Learning Course, coupled with exemplary customer care and world-class supervision, ensures you have all the necessary knowledge to succeed. 

The latest version of the Blackboard™ Virtual Learning Environment is designed to meet the needs of the DBA student specifically: 

  • Podcasts
  • Vodcasts
  • Directed reading
  • Online tasks and quizzes 
  • Video conferencing for live discussions and research supervision

Virtual discussion boards are also used to conduct asynchronous online sessions between students and course tutors. 

We understand your time is precious and that undertaking the Executive DBA is a huge commitment.

Therefore, we pair you with an academic supervisor who is a leading specialist in the topic you choose. Your supervisor will support you through the entire process as you develop your research idea into your final thesis. If your topic is multidisciplinary, we’ll ensure you have a team that can guide you in every area.  

A Student Support Advisor will also help you stay on track through every course, and assist with any questions or concerns you have regarding the online learning environment. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      Can be completed in 4-6 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Four subsequent research methods modules via Aston University’s Blackboard™ Virtual Learning Environment taught consecutively during year 1:

  • Introduction to Business and Management Research – understand the process of business and management research and develop the necessary research skills to conduct a literature review.
  • Applied Research Methods – enable you to think about the links between philosophy, theory, and research methodology, and apply these to business and management research.
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods – provide a thorough grounding in the theoretical principles of, and approaches to, quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Professional Development and Research Impact – develop an appreciation for impact related research to inform the operations and decision making within business and consider your future professional development.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • 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.

General Requirements

For direct enrolment into the Executive DBA you must have

  • an MBA, MSc or MA degree in business or management (or an equivalent professional qualification)
  • a minimum of five years experience in a senior role
  • if English isn’t your first language, either evidence that the master’s degree was taught mainly or entirely in English, a minimum TOEFL score of 87 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall, or an equivalent English language qualification recognised by Aston University is needed

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9756 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
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Tuition fee can be paid across the first 4 years.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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