DBA – Doctor of Business Administration



48 months


15 February 2020


Part-time. Weekend workshops in the UAE


Monthly Fee: $1,015**
Full Fee: $38,600
(+VAT, if applicable)

The University of Northampton part-time Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is specifically designed for experienced leaders in the private and public sectors.

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a professional doctorate with the same status as a PhD. It is the highest qualification available in business and management, designed for senior professionals who wish to advance their careers by developing their academic research and critical thinking skills.

A Doctorate degree enables candidates to make a contribution to knowledge through the novel application of theory with the result being an enhanced capacity in thought leadership for organisational change, and greater preparedness for senior roles.

The DBA provides the opportunity for you to cultivate the skills needed to find better solutions for intractable problems and develop new paradigms for the increasingly complex, turbulent and interconnected business environment. It does this by:

  • honing your critical thinking and analytical skills to identify the core or ‘real’ issues
  • refining your capability to evaluate evidence on which to base decisions
  • developing your ability to produce robust and reliable research
  • improving the clarity with which you present and support arguments
  • providing the understanding for you to question ideas and options appropriately

Taught modules covered on the programme include:

Professional Research Project

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University of Northampton Vice Chancellor Professor Nick Petford, said: “This rating by the Government is confirmation that the University of Northampton is one of the finest teaching institutions in the UK, offering our students an experience that many promise but few can deliver. Our staff and the students who have studied with us – both in the UK and overseas – can take pride today in this outstanding achievement. We may be one of the youngest universities in the UK – but are officially one of the best.

Make an original contribution to the advancement of professional knowledge and practice in an area of professional activity through the identification, development and execution of original research based in a management and international business environment.

Engage in advanced research within an inter-disciplinary and multiprofessional learning environment in a flexible and blended way.

Develop independent critical judgement related to a specialist area of management and business.

Develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of the background literature and of research methods appropriate to professional practice in a specific area of management and business.

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hold a Masters degree in a business-related subject, completed within the last ten years

have a minimum of five years' work experience, at least some of which should be at a senior level

be employed in a leadership/management role capable of supporting the achievement of the programme learning outcomes

All applicants will be interviewed, either via Skype, telephone or face-to-face, before an offer can be made.

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Career Path

The DBA enables you to differentiate yourself in the employment marketplace as a highly qualified expert and to enhance your preparedness for high level management and/or consultancy roles.


  • A doctorate is usually considered the highest academic level.

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