Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Provided by SAA Global Education


Awarded by University of Gloucester (UoG) in United Kingdom

Course introduction


Awarding Bodies, Partners & Academic Direction:

University of Gloucestershire

The DBA programme from the University of Gloucestershire is a professional doctorate for senior professionals looking to advance their career by enhancing their leadership capabilities. The programme also assists any professionals wanting to develop their thinking and research skills to doctoral level across key contemporary management areas. The programme is ranked 21st in the Global DBA Rankings Euro 2019.

Academic Course Leader

Dr Douglas Yourston is a Senior Lecturer and the DBA Course Leader. As an academic, he teaches and specialized in Business Management, Hospitality & Tourism Management at undergraduate and post-graduate / doctoral levels, and has extensive past and current business experience in Europe and Asia.

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

Complete the 4 taught modules as follows:

1 DB8001: Reflective Professional Development
2 DB8002: Systematic Literature Review
3 DB8003: Methodological Fundamentals
4 DB8004: Research Methods and Analysis
After successfully completing the taught phase, the candidate will then undertake the main element of the programme, the doctoral research before defending the study through an oral defense in a viva voce.

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic.
A minimum of two years’ post-qualification professional practice and ability to demonstrate professional competence of a high standard in the relevant research.

English Language requirements

EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent.

Which language tests do we accept?

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this programme, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

Intakes:1st week of October each year

Application Deadline:

  • 2 weeks before intakes start to SAA-GE
  • 8 weeks before intakes start for international students who require student’s pass to SAA-GE
Note: Apart from applying to SAA-GE, students will also need to apply to University of Gloucestershire online at The application deadline to University of Gloucestershire is by mid-September each year. Students are recommended to apply earlier than the deadline.

Registration Deadline:

All students need to register and pay the relevant fees to SAA-GE at least 1 week before the intakes start.
Note: Apart from registering to SAA-GE, students will also need to complete their initial registration with University of Gloucestershire by mid-September each year with a 1,500-word research proposal. To write a proposal, refer to:

Programme starts:

early October each year

Final assessments:

Assessments for the taught session stages are in the form of assignments.

Fees & Funding

Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) – Part Time 2019/2020
Year 1 £11,715
Year 2 £10,115
Year 3 £4,800
Year 4+ £3,000