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Course summary

The DBA is a professional doctorate equivalent to a PhD but with a strong focus on applied research. It enables you to make a significant contribution to the enhancement of professional practice through the application and development of theoretical frameworks and perspectives. It gives you the opportunity to combine advanced study with professional experience. The course 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. Examples of previous research include studies of commitment to personal development, changes in public sector organisation, and the impact of organisational culture on efficiency. All DBA lecturers are research-active and able to supervise a wide range of academic and practical research topics. You are encouraged to develop your reflexivity, positioning yourself as a critically informed practitioner. The programme allows you to build on previous learning in an area of business and/or management and expand skills and knowledge to undertake a doctoral-level study. Visit Teesside University’s website for more information.


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Assessment method

Outside the formal sessions, you are encouraged to participate in University and school-level events, such as research seminars and conferences. 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 then asked to design a study, which brings to the fore some complex philosophical issues about what we can know from the data we obtain. Next you analyse and present your data in a meaningful way. Finally, you write up your study and prepare to defend it at an oral (viva voce) examination.

Entry requirements

The DBA 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 - further details are available from the University's course page. 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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9875 Year 1
England £9875 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9875 Year 1
Scotland £9875 Year 1
Wales £9875 Year 1
International £12375 Year 1

Additional fee information

Full course fee for UK/EU students £19,750. Full course fee for international students £24,750. An additional writing up fee is payable - further details are available on Teesside Unversity's website (international fees page).
Business Administration (DBA) at Teesside University, Middlesbrough - UCAS