DBA Doctor of Business Administration


Program Description


Aimed at experienced professionals, our innovative Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) develops both your research and practitioner skills, allowing you to progress to senior roles in management and related business fields.

DBA graduates are able to work in universities as research-led academics or in industry as research-informed senior managers, consultants and business leaders. On this course, you’ll develop research competency at PhD level combined with the in-depth and reflective knowledge of management theory and practice gained on a traditional DBA programme.

We provide a guided, stepped transition, allowing you to successfully become a doctoral-level researcher and practitioner, no matter what previous training you’ve had. Our DBA course will help you become a reflective, self-critical professional. You’ll learn skills, techniques and practices to conduct cutting-edge research while building theoretical and practical knowledge at the forefront of business and management research. After successfully completing the course, you’ll be prepared to successfully manage the pressures and challenges of an increasingly dynamic business environment and to offer original and creative solutions to deal with emerging issues.

Our unique focus on teaching fundamental business and research skills also allows you time for academic research. You’ll develop a thorough understanding of management theory across core disciplines. With this higher level of understanding, you’ll be able to conduct pure applied research in your organisation with a greater ability or work within academia, leaving two career paths open to you.

Course flexibility

This course is offered on a full-time and part-time basis. Full-time attendance is required during the semesters in Years 1 and 2. There’s greater flexibility of where to be based out of semester and during the whole of Year 3, with the possibility to stay overseas. Non-EU students on Tier 4 visas should seek advice on how this can be accommodated.

Learn from the experts

You'll learn from, and be supervised by, academic staff who are known worldwide, respected in their fields and have extensive research, business and consultancy experience.

The University of Stirling Management School

At the University of Stirling Management School, the principle of responsible business, policy and practice is central to everything we do. This vision helps us to equip our students effectively with the skills to act as global citizens, capable of addressing the needs of society.

As a member of the Chartered Association for Business Schools, we have strong links with industry and were recently awarded the Small Business Charter for engagement with local and regional enterprise.

We’re in an elite group of business schools globally – and one of only 14 in the UK – to hold accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) for both our MBA and MSc Business and Management (MBM) courses.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 An innovative course which equips you with both professional management and research skills

#2 You’ll be taught by expert academic staff who have extensive business and consultancy experience

#3 A chance to make industry connections and engage with senior executives and scholars through guest lectures, workshops and consultancy projects

Course details

In Years 1 and 2, on the full-time course, you’ll have taught modules during two semesters per year (September to December, and January to May). You’ll also work on two research projects which are suggested and supervised by a leading research academic. The projects will run throughout the years and are concluded over the summer periods of Years 1 and 2 (May to August).

In Year 3, you’ll develop your Year 2 project into a major original contribution to knowledge presented in a doctoral thesis. For the award of the DBA, you must successfully complete the project with academic rigour and demonstrate practical relevance. To merit the award and meet the requirements for doctoral-level research output, your submission in Year 3 will make a contribution to the enhancement of professional practice in management, as well as contributing to knowledge via the application and development of theoretical frameworks, methods, and techniques.

You’ll receive support throughout the course to publish your research projects in academic journals. This will support your career development, particularly in academia, as well as allowing you to make a wide and lasting contribution to the field during your DBA.

You must attend full-time during the semesters in Years 1 and 2, but there’s greater flexibility of where to be based out of semester and during the whole of Year 3 (and, if applicable, Year 4). Such flexibility can extend to being supervised whilst abroad for fieldwork, although non-EU students on Tier 4 visas will need to seek advice on the extent of flexibility and how this can be accommodated.

Students completing all credits in all years will graduate with the DBA. However, we realise that things can change so we have options for you to leave the course each year and still graduate with a prestigious qualification. Students successfully completing a minimum of 180 credits in Year 1 may leave the programme with an MBA. Students successfully completing all 180 credits in Year 2 may leave the programme with an MRes in Business and Management Research Methods. Various certificates, diplomas and degrees are available if fewer credits are completed.


Teaching is carried out through lectures, workshops, seminars and computer labs, along with project work.


You’ll be assessed by a combination of exams and coursework, including written assignments and presentations.

Course director

Professor George Burt

+44 (0)1786 467407


Key staff

We have high calibre academics available to supervise DBA students. They’re known worldwide, are respected in their fields and have extensive business and consultancy experience. They publish cutting-edge research — new knowledge is integral to our teaching.

Fees - 2018/2019

Total programme fee:

  • Overseas: £50,200
  • Home/EU: TBC
Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

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