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About the course

In the current business climate, it is increasingly important for business managers and leaders to update and advance their business knowledge and skills. The Doctor of Business Administration offers the opportunity for those with an enthusiasm for learning to gain a professional doctorate, the highest level of professional qualification available in business and management. Drawing on the work of international experts in our Business School you will learn about the latest management techniques and research methods. Whatever your subsequent career, the skills and knowledge you gain will be an asset to you and help you to improve the effectiveness of your organisation and those who work in it.

The DBA is undertaken on a part-time basis and typically takes five years to complete. It is organised around four 2-day learning workshops a year, facilitated by internationally renowned practitioners and researchers who offer contrasting perspectives on management philosophy, organisation development and methodology in management research. These structured workshops both underpin the individual programme of research that participants undertake as a key part of their studies whilst also allowing for continuous peer review and engagement.

The study route is part-time. Attendance at four weekend (Friday and Saturday) workshops per year. There is no taught element to the DBA. The programme of study is organised around four 2-day (Friday and Saturday) facilitated learning workshops a year.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the School’s professional doctorate, the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), please contact the programme directors, Dr. Moira Calveley

Please also include an outline of your research proposal with your application. Members of academic staff will advise on the length and scope of the proposal.

Download an application form -

Applications should be returned to the Doctoral College .

Why choose this course?

- Gain a professional doctorate, the highest professional qualification in business management

- Benefit from the knowledge of our international experts and renowned practitioners and researchers

- Develop an in-depth knowledge within your area of professional expertise


The DBA offers the opportunity to progress beyond Master's level to gain the highest level of professional qualification available in business and management. Participants will not only increase their effectiveness as managers, but bring added benefits to their organisations from their learning and research outputs.

Teaching methods

We offer a varied programme of learning that includes facilitated seminars, practical workshops, web-based learning, case study analysis and traditional lectures. We also provide sessions by visiting staff, practitioners and consultants to give a varied perspective of the topics covered.

You will be supported throughout your studies by a supervisory team who will advise you from the time you register until you complete your Doctorate.

You will undergo two progression assessments on the programme to monitor and advise on the development of your research and a final assessment for the Doctorate.

The final submission must contain a written document that presents and defends a thesis. A thesis is an intellectual position capable of being maintained by argument.

A submission may also contain other works on which the thesis and its defence are based.

Visit the Professional Doctorate in Business Administration page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!




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