DBA Doctorate in Business Administration
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.
Heriot-Watt University MBA
OR An approved MBA of equivalent standard to that currently offered by Edinburgh Business School
OR A Masters degree such as MSc, MA, Mphil in a relevant field of study
OR A PhD in a relevant area
Part 1 - The Course stage
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.
Assessment is by formal viva voice (a formal face-to face oral defense) examination comprising the student, an internal examiner, an external examiner and a supervisor.
The EBS DBA offers a number of valuable benefits.
- builds on the internationally successful EBS 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 understanding of synergies and insights that can only be developed by integrating different disciplines within the context of original research.
EBS MBA graduates may be eligible for up to four credit transfers for relevant courses from the MBA, which form part of the DBA programme.
For the Study Element 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 £125 for each exam you sit.
29 April for exams in June
30 October for exams in December
4 October for exams in March
21 July for exams in August
1 May for exams in June
1 November for exams in December
7 February for exams in March
24 July for exams in August