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DBA (Doctor of Business Administration)

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Part time 4–8 years 10 weekends in Year 1; five weekends in year 2; three weekends each in years 3 and 4 September 2015

Choose Kingston's DBA (Doctor of Business Administration)

Kingston's Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) offers managers at the most senior level the opportunity to build upon their MBA or business-related masters qualification. It is a transformative experience, through which you develop and enhance your management, critical and analytical skills whilst pursuing research on a topic which contributes to both theory and practice.

Qualifications and experience

As part of the DBA, you will also receive the additional qualification of Management and Business Studies Research MSc upon completion of preliminary training in research design, methods of data collection, data analysis and reporting. This additional qualification culminates in the preparation of a DBA proposal that outlines the research to be undertaken for the DBA. The academics involved in delivering the DBA are well-established researchers who understand the practical research required during a DBA.

Study and support

Our aim is to provide you with a supportive educational environment within which you can obtain a doctorate-level qualification that is directly relevant to your chosen profession. We do this by providing dedicated supervisors and established academics to turn to for advice and guidance rather than opinion, and through past DBA graduates who provide their mentorship.


50,000-word thesis, portfolio and oral exam.

Claire Ferguson

"The Kingston DBA course structure suited me with weekend lectures rather than mid-week commitments that I would never be able to keep." Dr Claire Ferguson
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Michael Collins

"I can honestly say that my enthusiasm for the DBA grew over the whole four years. It was stimulating to meet people from different backgrounds all striving to achieve the same goal, but with very different interests and research areas." Dr Michael Collins
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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

  • Foundations of Management Research
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Personal and Professional Development

Year 2 onwards

  • Research Colloquium
  • DBA Proposal (year 2 only)
  • Professional Development
  • Business Research Workshops

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

For further information

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Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5815


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