Programme Brief




The Doctorate in Business Administration from Edinburgh Business School is an integrated doctoral programme that develops applied research skills in strategic focus in various areas of Business Administration.

This course aims to produce business research professionals who can directly apply their doctoral level skills at a senior executive level in a business environment.

The DBA offers a number of valuable benefits:

  •  builds on the internationally successful MBA programme, utilising established distance-learning-based delivery and support systems;
  • produces applied research professionals – people who are able to analyse complex business issues and develop original and reliable solutions; and
  • generates an understanding of synergies and insights that can only be developed by integrating different disciplines within the context of original research.

  • Champs Fleurs

You must have five years’ experience and a relevant Masters Degree – either an MBA or an MSc in Business and Management subject (s), or a relevant PhD.

All DBA students must be fluent in the English language.

There is no fixed start date for the DBA programme; you can apply and commence your studies at any time of year.

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Programme Content


Part 1 – The Course stage

Demonstrates the knowledge and expertise in the subject and the discipline(s) required to underpin the thesis subject.

Once accepted onto the programme, the student must first complete the three courses, titled:

  • Introduction to Business Research 1
  • Introduction to Business Research 2
  • Introduction to Business Research 3

Part 2 The Mentored stage 

Defines an appropriate subject for the thesis, working in co-operation with the assigned mentor.

The duration is around six months developing the research proposal.

Part 3 The Supervised stage 

Enables one to conduct a literature search, a pilot study, carry out field research, then write and defend a 45,000 word thesis.

Working under the direction of the supervisor one will conduct a literature review that supports the research and methodology.

*It must be noted that it is mandatory that students complete Introduction to Business Research 1, 2 and 3. Additional courses may be required if gaps in their knowledge are identified once their research question is finalised.

A student will then be required to finalise their research question. At this point, all prior qualifications and experience in the proposed research area will be considered. The DBA Research Committee then decides if the student needs to complete any additional courses to fill gaps in their knowledge to enable them to carry out their research.

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Assessment is by formal viva voce (a formal face-to-face oral defence) examination comprising the student, an internal examiner, an external examiner and a supervisor.



Examination sessions, known as diets, are held in all exam centres for all courses in June and December each year. Minor exam sessions are held in March and August in selected locations for selected courses. A full examination timetable is available on the EBS Student Services website.

Each exam is a 3 hour written exam per course. All questions are compulsory: you do not have a choice. Exam scripts are marked by EBS Faculty and are rigorously scrutinised by external examiners from other UK universities. You are permitted a maximum of two examination attempts for each core course. There is a fee of £160 for each exam you sit.


Exam Registration Deadlines

SBCS’s Deadlines

31 January for the March Diet
20 February for the June Diet
17 July for the August Diet
20 August for the December Diet

E.B.S’s Deadlines (Online Only)

7 February for the March Diet
1 March for the June Diet
24 July for the August Diet
1 September for the December Diet