Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


3 - 4 Year

Start Date

Every Month


The Doctor of Business Administration program (DBA) is tailored to meet the needs of high-end business professionals who wish to upgrade their business education through research and focuses on equipping graduates with the skills and know-how needed to solve business problems, regardless of the context. Those who undertake this program has been designed to enable and increase their professional capabilities, make a positive contribution to their organisations and produce publishable level research. If you are planning to advance your career in business, then you should certainly consider enrolling in the DBA program. The program provides all the academic variables of a traditional PhD which is designed mainly to an executive crowd and researchers who want a qualification that is practical and relevant to their organisations.

The DBA at Anglia Ruskin University is a two-stage model. This incorporates a taught element in Stage 1 and is research based in Stage 2. The taught modules provide systematic continuous support in relation to the candidate’s skills and knowledge development throughout their study. It allows candidates to reach a level playing field in terms of providing the foundation for doctoral level research.

The programme is supported by two one-week workshops at Anglia Ruskin University of Chelmsford during years 1 and 2, followed by the appointment of the supervisory panel from years 3 onwards.

Key Benefits

  • Develop and practice innovative research methods.
  • Earn the highest quality of education.
  • Achieve the expertise to publish in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Become a successful doctoral researcher and educator.
  • Prepare to make an impact on policy and practice.
  • Learn strategies to facilitate more effective and, adaptable organisations creating positive changes.
  • Become a more innovative leader in your field.

The program Doctor of Business Administration is awarded by the Anglia Ruskin University. School of Business London works in partnership with Chestnut Education Group to promote the program.

About Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University began in 1858 as the Cambridge School of Art founded by William Beaumont. It was then merged with the Cambridge shire College of Arts and Technology and the Essex Institute of Higher Education and was renamed Anglia Polytechnic. It was then given university status in 1992 and renamed Anglia Ruskin University in 2005. The university has campuses in the UK (Cambridge, Chelmsford, London and Peterborough), as well as they are partnered with institutions around the world including Berlin, Budapest, Trinidad, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Entry Criteria

Applications are welcome from suitably qualified candidates in any business discipline. Our standard entry requirements are:

  • Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree from an accredited institution
  • minimum of five years’ relevant managerial work experience
  • a research proposal
  • two references (one academic and one professional)

Candidates are also required to demonstrate their English proficiency as a part of the application process. Suitable candidates are encouraged to apply for the programme for the two start dates in February and September each year

Qualification Structure

STAGE 2 – Research Component

• Research Proposal Approval

The research proposal is situated at 18 months as after this time period you will have completed three of the modules and produced the equivalent of 18,000 words. As these modules will have provided you with the initial problem definition (assignment 1), a review of the extant literature (assignment 2) and an examination of the methodological approach (assignment 3), you would normally be in a position to develop a coherent proposal.

• Upgrade of Registration

By this stage of the programme you will have refined your research instruments, operationalised a pilot study for the main research and be in a position to proceed with their main primary research project. By building in supervisory meetings it will mean that you will have benefited from a structured programme of support that will have prepared you for the upgrade.

• The Thesis and Viva

The final DBA is assessed through the production of a 60,000-word thesis, which is defended in a viva voce examination.

Fees and Funding

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