Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Aston University

Executive Doctor of Business Administration (Online) (Taught)

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Course summary

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. Aston’s executive DBA 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.

Course details


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. The final Research Proposal and Qualifying Report, which is the conclusion of the RMC, is completed in years 2-4 (up to 6 years maximum).

Assessment method

Each of the Research Method Course modules is assessed through assignments that require students to link the concepts from that module to their own research project.

Entry requirements

For direct enrolment onto the Executive DBA you must have: an MBA, MSc or an MA degree in business or management (or an equivalent professional qualification); a minimum of five years experience in a senior role. For those whose first language is not English: either evidence that the masters degree was taught mainly or entirely in English or a satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS score (see below) or an equivalent English language qualification recognised by Aston University. Additionally, you should demonstrate appropriate links to the practice that your proposed research refers to. Please direct any queries on eligibility to the Executive DBA Course Administrator: [email protected]

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Executive Doctor of Business Administration (Online) at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS