DBA Doctor of Business Administration


Whilst most DBAs focus on only conducting applied research in a corporate setting, through our unique focus on teaching fundamental research skills and conducting basic academic research, our graduates will generate new knowledge for the whole field. With this higher level of understanding, you will be able to conduct pure applied research in your organisation with a greater ability, or work within academia, leaving two career paths open. You will also gain skills in cutting edge management theory across the core disciplines of accounting and finance, economics, international human resource management, behavioural science for management and marketing and retail, as well as other emerging areas. 

Introduction

Our unique research-focused DBA develops Researcher Practitioners in management and related fields. Graduates will be able to work within both universities as research-active academics and industry as research-informed senior managers and consultants. Graduates gain the level of research competency of a PhD combined with the in-depth and reflective knowledge of management theory and practice gained on a traditional DBA programme. A guided, stepped transition is provided to support people from a variety of educational and practitioner backgrounds to successfully become doctoral level researchers and practitioners.

Key information

EU Applicants
EU students enrolling for a taught postgraduate degree in the 2017/18 academic year will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will be eligible for the same tuition support as Scottish domiciled students.

  • Study methods: Campus based, Full-time, Part-time
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Start date:

    September

  • Course Director: Dr Markus Kittler
  • Location: Stirling Campus
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Dr Markus Kittler

Centre for Advanced Management Education
University of Stirling Management School
University of Stirling
FK9 4LA

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

The DBA is intended for experienced professionals; you will normally need the equivalent of a minimum of three years' appropriate professional experience. For entry onto our programme you will also normally need an Honours or Masters degree from a UK university or equivalent. Credit may be awarded for previous study, according to SCQF guidelines, including exemption from some modules for holders of existing MBAs or Masters degrees with high levels of research training.  We recognise that everyone’s path is different and want to be inclusive in our acceptance, so we encourage candidates who think they may not meet these requirements to discuss their suitability with the Course Director prior to applying.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English Language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements.

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.

Flexible Learning

If you are interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email graduate.admissions@stir.ac.uk to discuss your course of study.

Fees and costs

 

Programme

2016/7

Home/ European Union

2016/7

Overseas

 

2017/8

Home/ European Union

2017/8

Overseas

 

Notes
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


£34,742 £57,620 TBC £60,860 Full Programme
£13,250 £16,200 £14,500 £17,500 Year 1 - (MBA fee)
£13,250 £16,200 £14,500 £17,500 Year 2 - (MBA fee)
£4,121 £12,610 RCUK £12,930 Year 3 - Home RCUK fee, OV PhD fee
£4,121 £12,610 RCUK £12,930 Year 4 (if required)- Home RCUK fee, OV PhD fee

 

Programme

2018/9

Home/ European Union

2018/9

Overseas

 

Notes
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


TBC TBC Full Programme
TBC TBC Year 1 - (MBA fee)
TBC TBC Year 2 - (MBA fee)
RCUK £13,250 Year 3 - Home RCUK fee, OV PhD fee
RCUK £13,250 Year 4 (if required)- Home RCUK fee, OV PhD fee

 

 

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for all Professional Doctorates are to be held at level upon entry

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for all taught postgraduate courses are to be held at the level set upon entry.

Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies. View more information

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

In Years 1 and 2, the full-time course has taught modules during two 15 week semesters per year (September to December, and January to April), involving lectures, workshops, seminars and computer labs.

Two major research projects run throughout the year, which are suggested and supervised by a leading research academic on an apprenticeship model.

In Year 3, students will develop their Year 2 project into a major original contribution to knowledge presented in a thesis. Support will be given to publish the research projects in academic journals throughout the programme. This will support career development, particularly in academia, as well as allowing the researcher practitioner to make a wide and lasting contribution to the field during their DBA.

Full time attendance is required during the semesters in Year 1 and 2, with greater flexibility of where to be based out of semester and during the whole of Year 3 (and if applicable 4). Such flexibility extends to being supervised whilst overseas, although non-EU students on Tier 4 visas should seek advice on how this can be accommodated.

Students completing all credits in all years will leave with the DBA.  However, we realise that life changes, and we have options to leave the course each year and still graduate with a prestigious qualification:

  • After Year 1 students successfully completing 180 credits may leave the programme with an MSc in Business Administration Research.
  • After Year 2, students completing all credits may leave the programme with two specialist Masters Degrees: An MRes in Business and Management Research Methods and a Master in Business Administration (MBA).
  • Various certificates, diplomas and degrees are available if less credits are completed.

Modules

Year 1 – Autumn
Personal and Professional Development
Fundamentals of Philosophy of Management Research
Qualitative Methods for Management Research
1 elective from:
Strategy and the International Environment
Accounting and Finance
Managing the Human Resource
Marketing Management
Economics for Sustainable Business

Year 1 - Spring
Personal and Professional Development
Qualitative Methods for Management Research 2
3 electives from:
Strategy for Sustainable Success
Operations Management
Project Management
Managing Change
Corporate Governance

Year 1 – Summer
First Doctoral Research Project

Year 2 – Autumn
Understanding and Using Statistics
Psychology of Work
2 electives from:
Strategy and the International Environment
Accounting and Finance
Managing the Human Resource
Marketing Management
Economics for Sustainable Business

Year 2 – Spring
Survey Measurement and Analysis
Experiments for Decision Making in Business and Policy
2 electives from:
Strategy for Sustainable Success
Operations Management
Project Management
Managing Change
Corporate Governance

Year 2 – Summer
Second Doctoral Research Project

Year 3 – Autumn, Spring & Summer
Third Doctoral Research Project

The above are examples and may vary yearly, although we will ensure the same learning goals are met.  View some of the module outlines here.

Modes of study

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

Why Stirling?

REF2014

In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

The reputation of our research at Stirling Management School was recognized in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), an examination conducted by the UK government, which confirmed our place in the UK’s top 25 institutions for Business and Management (out of over 100 schools).

In Scotland, the School was ranked within the top five. 64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigor and we were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organizations.

Teaching provision in Business and Management has been assessed by the Scottish Funding Council and rated as ‘highly satisfactory’.

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes students from around the world. Find out what studying here could be like for you .

Strengths

When studying for the DBA you’ll join one of the best 100 UK business schools, recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), where the School was placed in the UK’s top 25 institutions for Business and Management. The School has a strong research culture and identity of “management in the public interest”; management not just for short term profit, but for sustainable, ethical business that supports employees and the wider society. 

We have a high calibre of academics available to supervise DBA students.  Our academics are publishing in the top-rated international academic journals.

Our staff

Dr Markus Kittler, the Programme Director is an experienced doctoral coordinator for the Management, Work and Organisation Division and the Director of the MRes programme. Since 2007 he has taught International Management, IHRM and Research Methods at Stirling and prior to joining the University of Stirling Dr Kittler taught at the German Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg where he also completed his doctoral studies. His doctoral thesis was awarded with AIB UKI Award for Best Innovative Research. At Stirling he also won the RATE Teaching Award in 2013 and 2014. For his achievements in the UK higher education system Dr Kittler is accredited as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He also acts as External Examiner for the Open University Validation Service and is currently Chair of the Strategic Interest Group International Management at the European Academy of Management.

Staff teaching on the course are Professors, Senior Lecturers and Lecturers and are published experts in their fields.  All hold a Doctorate in their specialist area.  Many also have experience of being senior managers in industry.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

As a practitioner focused doctoral degree for professionals, the DBA offers students more than one career pathway: Career advancement in business, either in management consultancy or within a wide range of private/public sector organisations. The course also provides an opportunity to develop an academic career in a wide range of institutional settings, both in the UK and internationally. Our graduates should be equally as able to be a research lead academic within a university or to lead in the boardroom.

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Our links with industry help with opportunities to gather research data, and our personal development modules will help you to build resilience and become a reflective researcher practitioner in management and related fields.

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