Postgraduate Research/Doctorate DBA

Doctor of Business Administration (The Salford DBA)

Salford Business School


Blended Delivery



Five year

Next enrolment

May 2020

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In a nutshell

The Salford DBA is designed to bridge the gap between professional practice and academic research. Developed for senior professionals, the Doctorate in Business Administration is a research-based qualification that is delivered in a blended format, allowing you to earn a doctoral-level degree without sidelining your career.

Whilst equivalent to a PhD, the part-time delivery and commercial focus of the DBA make it far more relevant to high-level business professionals. By helping you to build an advanced understanding of theoretical frameworks, methods and techniques, the DBA provides you with the skills and knowledge to improve performance at both an individual and organisational level. The research you undertake in the second stage of the DBA will be directly linked to your own profession or organisation, meaning the ideas presented in your work can be implemented effectively in the workplace.

Throughout the programme, you will benefit from the tuition and support of our team of lecturers, all of whom have extensive academic and industry experience. In such a competitive international marketplace, the empirical strategic approach that the DBA encourages helps to set your business apart from the competition and equips you with skills that could transform your career. 

You will:
  • Earn a doctorate-level degree
  • Undertake research around an area from your own profession
  • Develop solutions that can be implemented in the workplace

students accepted

Course details

All about the course

Like any doctoral-level qualification, the Salford DBA is academically rigorous and requires a master’s degree for entry onto the course. However, there are certain aspects of the design and delivery of the programme that set it apart markedly from PhD courses.

The following characteristics of the Salford DBA highlight the ways in which it differs from a PhD:

  • Significant work experience at a senior level is required                
  • The programme is aimed at people with careers in industry and academia              
  • Data accessed throughout the syllabus is often sourced from organisations that you are familiar with              
  • Work based problems are explored              
  • The course is split between two distinct taught and research stages              

Delivered part-time, over 5 years in a blended format, the Salford DBA is an intellectually challenging course that fits into the busy schedule of a business professional.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.


What you need to know

The DBA is a rigorous degree for high-calibre business people: people who work at an advanced level but retain the drive for self-improvement, pragmatic decision-makers who have the ambition to embark on a doctoral level qualification alongside their careers and creative thinkers who see the value of putting academic research into practice.

International Student – Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link:

Entry requirements

DBA entry requirements

The DBA is an individual degree.  Please contact us to discuss your qualifications and your experience so we can advise you if this is the right course for you.

How much?

As a postgraduate research student, you will need to pay annual tuition fees. These vary according to the programme you are studying. Both we and other organisations offer a range of scholarships and discounts to postgraduate research students.

More information about fees and funding.

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on residential travel and accommodation visits.

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Enrolment dates

May 2020