Doctor of Business Administration 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

The Research Degree

This innovative programme is a response to the growing need for professionals to differentiate themselves in the market place. The Business School have developed a programme designed for busy senior managers to further develop both their critical thinking and research skills in the workplace. These programmes lead to either the award of:

•  Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

•  Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)

The programme comprises of a taught element followed by the production of a doctoral thesis.

The DBA/DPA is equivalent to the PhD but is centred around bridging the gap between your academic knowledge and professional practice. The programme retains emphasis on your own contribution to your organisation while enhancing your analytical and research skills.

Start date:
02 / 10 / 2017
Your start date may be decided in agreement with your supervisor.


4-7 years part time

Entry requirements

Master's Degree and 3 years work experience at a senior level within an organisation.


Dr. Annie Yeadon-Lee
Course Director
Tel: 01484 472956

Places available:
(this number may be subject to change)

Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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Course content

The first two years comprise taught elements focussing on research skills and reflective practice, culminating in a research proposal. These elements provide the building blocks that will be utilised in the third and fourth years.

The third and fourth years are devoted to the production of a doctoral thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge. The thesis is accompanied by the preparation of a publishable journal article based on the findings within the thesis or the students learning journey. Students are also required to submit a personal impact statement that identifies an original contribution to their own practice.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes to aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

The programme offers the opportunity to enhance individuals analytical, research skills and knowledge as well as develop the ability to evaluate management and leadership issues by applying appropriate theory to organisational practice. In addition participants will be share knowledge and experience with individuals from other professional backgrounds.

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered using an ‘action learning' approach i.e. small groups of students working together to solve problems. These groups will meet once per month for 9 months of the year throughout the whole four years. Students will also be allocated an additional academic supervisor throughout the doctoral element. Supervisors are available for advice and feedback over and above the action learning sets.

A variety of assessment methods will be used. These include assignments, business cases, a publishable journal article, a personal impact statement and finally a doctoral thesis accompanied by a viva voce.


The £17m Business School is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop.

All teaching rooms are high quality and the school has a number of computer labs for teaching or for students' individual or group use. You'll have comprehensive access to online resources through Unilearn, an online learning environment which gives access to all the study materials you'll need.

The Street Café is a perfect area for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide range of fresh food, hot and cold drinks and free wi-fi. Set in landscaped grounds by the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the Business School is in close proximity to the Library and Student Central which offers a number of places to eat, areas to socialise with friends, the Students' Union, student services and modern sporting and fitness facilities.

If you returning to study after some time you'll be able to access advice and support from our Learning Development Group. They can provide advice on how to improve your academic work including writing assignments, referencing, research skills, presentation skills and time management.

The University of Huddersfield campus is located in the town centre allowing you easy access from public transport (the bus and rail stations are no more than 10-15 minutes walk away) and the major road and motorway networks across West Yorkshire. The Business School is centrally located on the campus with the library and student centre just a few minutes away.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the tuition fees for this course for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will be:

• Year One: £6,500

• Year Two: £6,500

• Year Three: £4,000

• Year Four: £4,000

• Total: £21,000

An additional annual cost will be incurred for extended supervision for students taking more than four years to complete the qualification.

Payment can be made in installments, contact the Course Director Dr Annie Yeadon-Lee at for further information.

See Fees and Finance for exceptions. Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, please see Fees and Finance.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Other information

Why choose the DBA/DPA at Huddersfield?

•  A prestigious qualification; the highest academic qualification for leaders which confers the title "Doctor."

•  Completion in 4-7 years.

•  You will study with high quality experienced participants who will support you in your learning set.

•  You will work with academics from the Business School who have an international academic reputation and relevant business experience.

For advice and guidance on your postgraduate study options join us at the Postgraduate Study Fair on Thursday 10 March 2016.

How to apply

We hope you are interested in what you have seen and want to apply to join us.

Applicants will need to submit an online application. The online application can be accessed here

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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