Professional Doctorate in Business and Management DBA

Research ( part-time)



DBA: 36-72 months

Course duration: There are only 30 places available on this programme. These will be filled in order of acceptance, after which, if your application is successful, you will be offered a place on a waiting list. We advise you to apply online by 1st June 2021 as we cannot guarantee available places after this date.

Apply online

Apply directly to ARU by 17 July 2022 (international students) or 14 August 2022 (UK students) for September 2022 entry.

For deadlines for other intakes, visit our how to apply page.


The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) has been designed to increase your professional capabilities, make a positive contribution to your organisation, and produce publishable-level research.

Full description

Supervision and support


Workshops are the mechanism through which the modules will be delivered and continuous support maintained. Therefore, in the first two years of the programme you will attend three full day workshops for each module. Workshops will continue after year two and will focus on:

  • Candidates presenting their work and discussing specific issues
  • Using your papers to create chapters for the thesis
  • Tackling and working on generic issues
  • Monitor progress
  • Peer-to peer learning
  • Individual tutorials
  • Academic speakers to encourage critical thinking
  • Maintenance of a community of practice
  • Structuring a thesis
  • Viva preparation

Canvas provides candidates with access to a range of resources to support their development. This includes academic databases, links to other websites and research software. In addition, it provides a mechanism through which candidates and staff can interact and facilitates electronic submission of work for formal assessment and allows timely feedback from academic staff.


The role of supervision and the relationship with supervisors is one of the key determinants for successfully undertaking doctoral level study. For this reason, your supervisory team will be established at the outset, and is built into your programme of study. Mentors will be assigned during stage 1 and the supervisory team at stage 2. Supervisory support is, therefore, an on-going process during and after the completion of the taught modules.

Where you'll research

Your faculty

You have a highly active mind and see opportunity everywhere. Now you need theory and life-changing skills to sharpen your approach to management. At the Faculty of Business & Law, you will immerse yourself in a multicultural environment where technology blends with teaching to create a dynamic and innovative learning environment. An environment to help you gain those skills.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding


For advice on the doctoral loan and other sources of funding, including ARU scholarships, visit our finance guide for postgraduate researchers.

You might also find The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding helpful.

ARU research

Join us for a Professional Doctorate and you’ll be joining a group of passionate researchers who are experts in their fields.

Our research-active staff are dedicated to producing relevant and significant outcomes and solutions that can be applied in the real business world.

Our four research centres are at the heart of knowledge generation in our business school, working on the latest research developments that emerge from challenges and issues in the business world. We rely on our close business partnerships to keep our research focused where it matters: improving business practice across the world. Our Professional Doctorate students play a part in constantly addressing the most relevant issues.

Learn more about the work we’re doing and how it could be significant to your organisation and professional development:

Looking for something else? Our schools cover all business subjects, with many of our people having professional backgrounds. Take a look at our School of Economics, Finance and Law people and our School of Management people to see our range of expertise.

Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014 as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research and we constantly continue to progress and work to exceed our output. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe. We see our PhD researchers as key to the ongoing impact we can make.


This programme is based on the rationale that candidates will normally be in employment whilst they are undertaking it. In terms of employability, therefore, the aim of this course is twofold. First, to support career progression within the organisation and/or industry. Second, to support candidates who wish to embark on a portfolio career.

Research training is also an integral part of this course and will let you develop transferable skills in research methods, report writing, academic publishing, conference presentations, personal effectiveness and more.

Read more about studying a Professional Doctorate.

Contact details

If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities, please contact

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree in a related area, along with appropriate professional experience
  • If English is not your first language, you’ll also need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

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Studying during COVID-19

Due to national restrictions all universities in England, including ARU, are only able to provide face to face access to research resources in limited circumstances where access can be justified under movement restrictions. Visit our restrictions page for details. All assessments and supervision are currently conducted online.

Study options
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic and related Government guidance, your research programme will be framed, wherever possible, to be conducted away from campus and in line with movement restrictions. For some types of research attendance on campus will be essential for some activities, and these activities will need to be undertaken in a COVID-19 safe manner in line with our risk management procedures.

In the event that there are further changes to the current restrictions that are in place within the UK due to the pandemic, we may need all of our researchers to work online only at short notice to remain in line with Government guidelines and ensure the continued safety of our students and staff.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

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UK & EU applicants

01245 68 68 68

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International applicants

+44 1245 68 68 68

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