DBA in 8 specialisations

Doctor of Business Administration ( Global DBA )

The LondonBES DBA is designed to raise the level of professional capabilities of practising senior managers and executives. It does this by developing the practitioner's skills of reflective practice, by enhancing their knowledge of leading-edge areas of business, and by providing the opportunity to develop their capabilities in practice-based research by means of a major research project. During the first two phases of the course, this is achieved through a combination of taught and self-study elements. During the third phase of the programme of study, participants undertake a major research project that focuses on the work they are undertaking in their organisation as senior professionals, typically in change leadership roles.

Who Is It For ?

Our DBA is designed for busy senior managers and executives who want to gain new insights and perspectives into leadership and management based on critical exploration of their own evolving professional practice. It is particularly appropriate for those wishing to improve their capability to lead and manage change in an established or new organisation without having to seek time off for formal study. A key role is played in their capability enhancement by the capstone research project, which enables practitioners to improve their professional practice by undertaking rigorous research into that practice.

How is the LondonBES DBA studied ?

You can start the DBA in September or February, and you study part-time over 2 to 5 years. Most of your study will be undertaken while you continue your role as a senior professional, However, there are occasional seminars, workshops and lectures which will involve you attending our London campus, usually in the evening or at the weekend. Throughout the programme of studies, you will have the support of your tutors, you personal academic adviser, one or more specialist consultants, and your peers on the programme.

What is distinctive about the LondonBES DBA ?

It is the professional equivalent of the academic PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), but designed specifically to support participants in undertaking practice-based research into their workplace activities. While the knowledge gained from this research is equally rigorous to the PhD, it is distinctive in that the participant is placed at the centre of their research investigation, and their findings tend to be highly applicable within their organisation.It provides participants with the opportunity to enhance their professional capabilities at an advanced level through the study of elective modules. These capabilities will feed into, and be evaluated through the participants research project.Because senior professionals have achieved a significant amount of both formal and informal learning, sometimes over many years, the DBA provides an opportunity to make a claim for academic credits against relevant prior learning. It focuses on developing participants' individual capabilities as reflective practitioners, and through this enhancing their capability, for undertaking high-level, practice-based research within their own workplace. Participants study paths and projects are tailored to meet their individual needs and interests, and those of their organisations.
Develop advanced management skills and receive an international qualification with this modern programme with variety of industry specialisations. Equipped with the latest in management and leadership theory, techniques and practices in all aspects of business operations, you will be in demand with top employers around the world.
Our faculty benefits from global industry experience and will provide you with a solid foundation in holistic strategic business management. You will also gain the practical skills to apply your knowledge in the workplace, preparing you for rewarding senior management roles.

Course structure
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1 structure

    Organisation Theory and Management
    Research Design and Data Collection
    Advanced Quantitative & Qualitative Research Methods
    Dissertation Proposal ( 5,000 word )

Years 2 and 3 structure
    Research Colloquium
    Workshops and Skill Development
    Choose 3 module from the list of 8 specialisation options  (up to 60 credits)

Entry Requirements

Global DBA - Specialisations

Our Global DBA will provide you with the understanding of the most important concepts in global management, strategy, finance and marketing. In particular, the wide variety of specialist pathways offers you the chance to synchronise your DBA to your existing career path, giving you a finely tuned, unique postgraduate qualification.

You can choose from the specialisations below:           


Fees and Funding