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Business Administration Doctorate DBA

Course Description

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme at Northampton Business School is designed for motivated, high achievers who want to develop their research, analytical and critical thinking skills to the highest level. It is a part time programme that offers a new route to a doctoral qualification and is the highest qualification available in business and management. The DBA is a structured programme and will help you gain a strategic focus that will enable you to contribute to your own professional practice and the wider subject area. It will enhance your executive and professional practice through the application of management theories and rigorous research into real and complex issues in business and management.

Why complete the DBA?

The DBA offers the opportunity to study business issues in depth and to apply theoretical understanding to real situations through independent research. The development of advanced research skills provides the competences necessary to undertake the rigorous research required at this level. Candidates are enabled to make a contribution to both theory and practice in business and management. It enhances the capability to develop knowledge and theory, and their application.

Why complete the DBA at The University of Northampton?

You will already be well advanced in your career. However this DBA programme at Northampton Business School will enable you to differentiate yourself in the employment marketplace and to enhance your professional capabilities. You will build new networks and through development of your skills have opportunities to present at academic conferences and communicate your ideas to a wider audience. The DBA at Northampton Business School will develop your personal, consultancy and research skills in the context of rigorous and relevant research.

Course content

The five facilitated modules are:
-Principles of Research
-Advanced quantitative and qualitative data analysis
-Developing leadership in business research
-Reflecting on business practice
-Research thesis


You will already be well advanced in your career. Nevertheless, as the number of MBA holders continues to grow, the DBA enables you to differentiate yourself in the employment marketplace and to enhance your preparedness for higher level management and/or consultancy roles. The programme achieves this by developing your skills in thought leadership for organisational change and development, thereby building your capacity to address complex business problems of strategic significance through the creative and innovative application of scholarship.

Visit the Business Administration Doctorate DBA page on the University of Northampton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Hold a Masters degree in a business-related subject, completed within the last ten years. (Exceptionally a long standing career in senior management with evidence of significant achievement coupled with a good first degree can be considered for APL); have a minimum of five years’ relevant work experience, at least some of which should be at senior level; be employed in a leadership/management role capable of supporting the achievement of the programme learning outcomes, including the thesis.

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