48 months
9750 GBP/year
9750 GBP/year
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The online Executive Doctor of Business Administration programme from Aston University 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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Distance Learning

The Executive Doctor of Business Administration programme from Aston University 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 our 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.  

Research DBA Topics

When you apply for the executive DBA, you will need to have an idea of the kind of research project you'd like to embark upon. With your application, you will need to submit a research proposal to demonstrate how you plan to take your topic further. 

Learn what makes a good research proposal.

Here is a small sample of the kind of research topics DBA students have embarked upon here at Aston Business School:

  • Getting Our Hands Dirty: A Case Study Investigation of Strategic Decision Implementation: Dr Neil Shepherd and Dr John Rudd 
  • Managing retail innovations, consumers, employees and channels: Heiner Evanschitzky 
  • Can psychometric testing be used to explain, predict and measure behavioural competences and the funding resource orchestration of the entrepreneur?: Dr Geoff Parkes

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.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
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  • 2 intakes per year


540 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

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

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  • International

    9750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 39000 GBP for the full programme during 48 months.
  • National

    9750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 39000 GBP for the full programme during 48 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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