Doctor of Business Administration

Course Structure

4 years

Your research training will include eight 3-day workshops at The Shard, with two 3-day workshops and two 1.5 day workshops at our University of Warwick campus, delivered by leading WBS faculty. Workshops integrate content, theory, design and research methods, through a review of relevant literature.

  • Year 1: five 3 day workshops and supervision
  • Year 2: four 3 day workshops and supervision
  • Year 3: one 1.5 day workshop and supervision
  • Year 4: one 1.5 day workshop and supervision

Workshops are themed on: strategic management; leading for change and organisational development; systematic literature review; qualitative research methods; quantitative research methods; academic writing; entrepreneurship; innovation and technology; digital transformation. 

Your training will give you access to cutting-edge academic knowledge and design science tools to develop solutions to challenges you face in your organisation and industry.

The DBA focuses on critical analysis of three broad arenas of scholarship: strategy, organization, and people, as well as the areas in which these fields overlap.


There are a number of non-assessed milestones across your study period. These help to develop softer skills and application of theory to your writing. At each of these milestones, you will receive tailored feedback from a panel of senior academics to help finesse your project and ensure your research is on-track. 

In addition, there are formal milestones in the form of programme review panels where you share and discuss your work with an expert panel, who provide you with important feedback and direction. In order to progress, you are required to pass these milestones. 

You will ultimately produce a portfolio of work that presents evidence for a thorough situation analysis, systematic literature review, synthesis of extant knowledge, problem description, solution design, and implementation evaluation. Your portfolio may also include publication in scholarly and/or practice oriented outlets. The requirement for the award of the degree will be to demonstrate innovation in the application of knowledge and in doing so, its extension to the analysis of novel problems in business and management contexts.


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