Global DBA

Learn how to run successful organisations with confidence and proficiency


Now, more than ever, managing the operations of a business calls for a particularly advanced skillset.

Advancements in technology and globalisation have pressed organisations of all sizes to become internationally minded – which in turn has led to an evolution in the role of those in business administration. Today’s organisations require professionals with well-developed research skills who can understand the needs of the industry and both transfer and apply academic knowledge.

Plus, as a field that covers a wide range of competencies such as accounting and marketing, the ability to drive one’s own development cannot be understated. Successful business administration specialists often hold the critical self-reflection needed to grow alongside their dynamic roles.

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Course Details

3 start dates per year: January, May and September

Next welcome week: 18 September 2023

Next course start date: 25 September 2023

Application deadline: 28 August 2023 (We recommend you submit your application as early as possible to secure your place)

Duration: 16 months taught, 3 years + for research. The average student will take 5 years in total to complete their DBA

Structure: Year 1 – taught stage. Year 2 – completion of taught stage and start of research stage. Year 3 onwards – completion of research stage

Format: Online, with optional face-to-face events

Guide course fee: £6,950 per year (plus a £250 acceptance fee)

Application form: Start your application for September 2023 now

Tailored support: Contact our course adviser team today for application advice.

Why this course?

Our Global Professional Doctorate in Business Administration is an internationally focused programme in business and management.

As a fully online and part-time course, it’s designed for private and public sector management professionals who want to make new strides in their careers while continuing their full-time work.

During the first stage of the DBA course, you’ll engage in an intensive taught phase with insights and feedback from our academics. Following this, you’ll progress to the research stage of the programme. You’ll be supported by a supervisory team in conducting applied, work-based research about topics of direct interest or relevance to you.

Through your time with us, you can look forward to developing your professional knowledge and skills to help solve organisational challenges in your current workplace – benefiting both your organisation and your own career.


You will study the following compulsory modules.
Module 1 - Professional Review and Development (30 credits)

This introductory module will enable you to conduct a critical self-evaluation and identify your own learning requirements in relation to your doctoral programme of study and your own continuous professional development (CPD).

Module 2 - Advanced Research Techniques (30 credits)

The Advanced Research Techniques module is key to your research practice. In this module, you’ll learn how to successfully employ appropriate research theory and methodology in your own doctoral study and professional work.

Module 3 - Publication and Dissemination (30 credits)

This module focuses on analysing and critiquing publication and dissemination methods within the field. It will cover both academic and professional dissemination in journals, books, and conferences, as well as examine the need to communicate effectively with a range of professional groups.

Module 4 - Proposal for Professional Research and Development Project (30 credits)

During this module, you‘ll consolidate prior learning and begin preparation of a costed, achievable, and well-argued proposal for a programme of professional research and development. Your proposal will be reviewed and approved by the module coordinator alongside a second marker.

Module 5 - Professional Research and Development Project (360 credits)

Once you have completed all four taught modules, you’ll progress to the research stage of the programme, which involves your DBA thesis. This is expected to take three years, with an allocated supervisory team to guide and support you.

How you will learn

Benefits of learning online with us

How you'll learn with us
Our part-time, online courses fit around you. Forget visas and moving costs, with our online degree programmes, you can access your course from anywhere in the world. You’ll need to spend approximately 20-25 hours studying every week. As all course materials are available on demand, you can revise on the days and times that suit you best. We know you have a busy life, so to keep things manageable, your course modules are broken down into weekly segments. This allows you to fit your studies around your work, family, and social life.
All our modules, learning activities, and assessments are delivered online. We do this via Moodle, our easy-to-use Digital Learning Environment (DLE). All you need is regular access to a computer and an internet connection. Through Moodle, you'll have access to discussion forums where you can chat to your online tutors and other students about the course. Watch our short video to find out more about Moodle and then book a personalised demo with our Course Advisers, at a time to suit you.
What does a typical week look like?
Weekly topic Build your course-specific knowledge Challenge activities Apply your studies in learning activities Discussion forums Reinforce your knowledge by sharing ideas with other students Weekly webinar Discuss the week’s topic with your tutor and other students
Additional support 
Studying at Master’s level requires significant independent study, and self-motivation is vital. There are support services available for you to access throughout your studies, these include: University student services, such as IT Support, Student Support, study skills training, and the Library Your Student Adviser Team, who can answer practical and pastoral questions throughout your studies.

How students study with us

• No visas or moving costs
• Access course from anywhere in the world
• Spend approx. 20-25 hours studying each week
• All course materials are available on demand
• Revise on the days and times that suit you best
• Course modules broken down into weekly
• Fit studies around work, family and social life
• Support with non-academic queries from a
student adviser team

Additional Support

As one of our students, you’ll have access to a range of services designed to support your studies and make your time with us as enjoyable as possible. -Our comprehensive online library of books, journals, and resources -A Student Advisor team to answer non-academic queries -Online software tutorials via LinkedIn Learning -The Students’ Union community -Career advice, CV creation, practice interviews, and more via our careers platform

Career prospects and opportunities

Our rapidly changing world requires professionals who can offer expertise in specific areas rather than broad information in various topics. Your DBA will allow you to specialise in a chosen topic, further your professional body of knowledge, and advance your management career.

Upon graduation, you’ll be able to act as a bridge between the academic and business world – applying critical thinking and advanced research capabilities to address business issues and drive innovative solutions.

These skills, coupled with the support you can receive from our exceptional Careers and Employability Service, will help position you as a valuable hire to employers across the world.

Careers and opportunities for Global DBA graduates

When you join our online Global DBA programme, you’ll experience an intensive taught phase before conducting applied, work-based research that deals with topics directly relevant to your organisation.

This means that, as you learn, you’ll develop the professional knowledge and skills needed to help address actual challenges in your workplace – benefiting both your employers and your own career.

As the Global DBA programme is designed to familiarise you with an array of advanced business and management topics, your education will prepare you to succeed in a wide spectrum of job roles.

Upon graduating, you’ll be well-equipped to continue working in your current field and apply your learnings to unlock new opportunities for yourself within your organisation.

Alternatively, you can use your research skills and specialist knowledge to secure a position in a different business, or even start your own consultancy practice.

LinkedIn Learning and Skills Forge:

As one of our graduates, you’ll also have access to LinkedIn Learning and Skills Forge to further your development.

LinkedIn Learning is an online training resource with over 14,000 courses on business, software, and creative skills. The platform also includes courses for improving your familiarity with tools such as Microsoft Office, SPSS, and Nvivo.

Skills Forge is a web-based system that offers subject-specific training and enables you to record and manage your professional skills development. It allows you to record supervisory meeting minutes, conferences, and training events that you attend to support your upskilling – which you can then use for major and annual reviews.

How to apply

Benefits of learning online with us

To join this course, you must have:

  • A postgraduate level qualification or equivalent in an appropriate management related subject
  • A minimum of three years’ relevant business and management experience
  • Evidence of recent Continuing Professional Development or leadership experience in a relevant area of business and management/management science will also be considered
  • English language proficiency at IELTS level 6.5 with no component score below 6.0 (or other acceptable proof), if English is not your first language.

When applying, you will also be required to submit:

  • A research proposal and a personal statement
  • Proof of your first degree and grades (officially certified and translated copies if not in English)
  • Proof of a relevant postgraduate degree with at least 60 credits having been completed

If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible to apply, please get in touch with our course adviser team for advice.

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