Course Overview

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a globally recognised qualification aimed at MBA and professionally qualified postgraduates who wish to take their management and professional development to new levels. The UK University DBA programme The programme will appeal to those who wish to gain the highest level of professional qualification available in business and management, by undertaking world-class doctoral study. The UK University DBA study enhances professional and executive practice through the application of rigorous research to real and complex issues. The course provides a strong focus on consultancy, writing and research presentation skills and is particularly aimed at those operating at a senior level in a range of public and private sector organisations. The university offers the DBA in London only (Scotland) campus Full Time and Part Time mode.

Academic entry requirements

To be considered, potential applicants should normally have a master’s degree preferably in business management with good grades. Candidates will be expected to have some work experience at managerial level.

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent. UK University will also consider applicants who have previously studied at degree level, taught and assessed in English, in what UKVI define as a majority English-speaking country.

Assessment methods

Combination of examination, coursework and a supervised independent business research project.

Progression route

Further research degree i.e. a PhD programme or progressions to career development.

Career opportunities

DBA graduates are equipped to hold several high-level positions including executive and leadership positions in business and commerce and the public sector. A doctorate provides great personal satisfaction by enabling you to take your learning to the highest recognised level.


The taught DBA course focuses on advanced strategic management modules and a research thesis.

Phase One
lasts 12 months and involves four taught, compulsory core modules, each studied in an allocated three month learning period –

  • Strategy into Action
  • Strategic Thinking and Value Management
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Research Methodology and Proposal

Phase Two
involves 24 months’ thesis work. You will have at least one academic supervisor who will provide guidance and encouragement.

General guidelines to submitting applications for DBA Programme

At the application stage, provide some standard information about yourself and your past academic attainments, strengths and performances. Include a detailed CV with supporting evidences of any work experience & other activities and training you have undertaken. Make sure that you provide only true information and you can support this with documents.

You will require at least two references – it is advisable to collect them on organisation’s letterhead with referees’ signatures on it as most of the universities will ask for these at the application stage rather than writing to referees at later stage.

Reasons for choosing this course

The programme addresses strategic issues in professional practice globally, and places a high priority on the beneficial transfer of knowledge to the workplace

There will be a balance of intellectual scholarly enquiry with an applied problem-focused approach of direct relevance to contemporary organisation

The programme, in fact, aims to apply theory and professional practice perspectives to differing situations and work-based practice so that students are able to demonstrate their capacity to have an impact on their professional performance

The programme also help students to develop their skills in thought leadership for organisational change and development, thereby build their capacity to address complex business problems of strategic significance through the creative and innovative application of learning

The programme provides a research-based approach to problem solving, a systematic way of collecting evidence and develops your skills for the analysis and interpretation of evidence. These skills will make a contribution to theory and practice in relation to business and management and develop your professional practice

The UK University DBA course provides a strong focus on consultancy, writing and research presentation skills and is particularly aimed at those operating at a senior level in a range of public and private sector organisations

UK University has a proud record in delivering work-ready DBA graduates and effective partnerships with industry and the public sector