Doctor of Business Administration

Make your mark on the world of business research and practice with a Doctorate in Business Administration

Do you have a desire to change the way your business functions, and impact the world of business with new ideas and big picture thinking? Our Doctor of Business Administration degree is designed to provide you with the opportunity to pursue the next step beyond your MBA or equivalent qualification. 

It is equivalent in stature to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, but distinct in that you will pursue applied research rather than theoretical knowledge. The goal of the DBA is to design organisational interventions which help address real-world challenges in your business, and then to rigorously evaluate, assess and test the effectiveness of those interventions, and to communicate the findings so that both the world of practice and the world of research can benefit from your work. In this way, DBA candidates generate new knowledge – the ultimate criterion for the award of a Doctoral degree. 

  • Start Date October 2025
  • Duration 4 years
  • Location Warwick Campus and London - The Shard
  • Format Part-time
  • UK Fees £90,000 *
  • EU/International Fees £90,000 *

* See fees and funding for fees breakdown.

18 Nationalities (2023)
42 Average age (2023)
26 Participants in cohort (2023)


Our DBA is designed to produce scholar-practitioners who can enhance their organisation’s performance through evidence-based practice. The programme addresses three core areas:  

  • Developing a clear understanding of the nature of the problem(s) or challenges to be addressed  

  • Understanding the relevant bodies of knowledge across management, innovation and strategy that may inform an intervention  

  • Designing a research and data strategy to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention. 

In pursuing these goals, the DBA brings together our inspirational faculty, a unique degree programme designed to impart critical skills at the highest level, and organisational leaders and entrepreneurs with the desire and ability to make change in their organisations. Does that sound like you? 

Student experiences
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I see the DBA making a huge impact in my career going forward, taking me to that next level in terms of the value that I'm going to bring to my organisation.
Peace Ani Business Development Lead,
Fidelity Investment Management International
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This is an opportunity to really stand back, do that research, do that thinking and then how that can be applied back at work.
Derek Hubbard CFO - Global Technology,
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