Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

The Doctorate Programmes offered by Apsley Business School are designed for professionals hoping to develop the latest scholarship and theory with the practical day-to-day aspects of business. The programme of study is flexible, with a strict focus on the quality of your assessed work, rather than volume. As such, it is ideal for the motivated high achiever, who is balancing their work, study and family commitments. The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme can be completed in 18 months on average, and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 36 months on average, depending on your personalised study plan. Advanced Entry, scholarships and finance plans are available on application- please enquire about the eligibility criteria


180 Credits

Scholarships available


12-18 months

Whole programme:

The whole DBA is accredited at 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System Credits), which is equivalent to 360 credits at the postgraduate level in the British system. The PhD is accredited at 180 or 240 ECTS depending on the area of research. Most students will complete the whole programme in 18 to 36 months. The delivery is either classroom based, blended or online. The content, delivery, and final certification are identical for each mode of study.

Each unit:

For the DBA you take seven short taught units consisting of Case Studies, Audio and Video, Independent Reading, and Independent Research depending on your Area of Research Interest. You will complete a written assignment for each unit which will be assessed. The PhD normally has a seven taught Research Methodology classes, in addition to a requirement to publish. The size and scope of your Research Dissertation will depend on your research topic- we advise you to contact the Programme Leader who will guide you on a personal basis. Advanced Entry, scholarships and finance plans are available on application- please enquire about the eligibility criteria


Apsley’s Doctorate Programmes are aimed at the top strategists in our community, who wish to develop authentic, sustainable and innovative management solutions in their organisation. A doctorate demonstrates that you are part of a an academic community of professionals who develop and implement ground-breaking innovative practice, often on the global stage. Recent graduates include board members at three Central Banks, Directors of multi-national organisations operating across North America, and the 2020 Winner for the Best Renewable Energy Financing Company in the Acquisition International’s Worldwide Finance Awards.


Professor Sebastian Fuller, the Academic Director, explains: “Welcome to Apsley Business School, London. Sustainable and Authentic Management at the doctorate level is about being able to steer your society at a senior level, being able to put your vision and strategy at the heart of social change. Typically you will be ambitious and motivated leader, aspiring to model authentic, sustainable and innovative management values. The theoretical knowledge and practical skills consolidated by the doctorate will enhance your professional standing, and your personal brand. “

Take the next step

With our scientifically based programme, you will learn the latest theory from experienced practicioners, and gain a fully accredited and recognised qualification that will push your career up to the next level.This programme is ideal for anyone aspiring to develop a career in roject management, or who needs to manage projects in their organisation. It is also a springboard onto the MSc, DBA or PhD, which will enhance your skills and groom you for senior leadership.

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