University of Northampton DBA – Doctorate in Business Administration


Program Description

The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) offers a new route to a Doctoral qualification designed specifically for experienced leaders in the private, public and third sectors. Unlike a traditional Ph.D., the DBA enables candidates to make a contribution to knowledge through the "novel application of theory" rather than the "development of new theory". The result is an enhanced capacity in thought leadership for organizational change, and greater preparedness for senior management and/or consultancy roles.

Northampton Business School has been nominated by the Times Higher Education (the prime HE publication in the UK and part of The Times group) for Outstanding Business School of the year now for 2013, 2014 and 2015: unprecedented 3 years in a row. (Only six UK business schools are nominated annually of the 120+ in existence.)

The University of Northampton is the ‘highest climber’ in the 2014 Complete University Guide rankings, having jumped 39 places to 62nd place.

The University of Northampton is ahead of the national average in the annual National Student Survey (NSS) with 86% overall satisfaction and is the third equal highest University climber in the UK.

Supported Distance Learning Method: The DBA Distance Learning Programme can be undertaken anywhere in the Middle East, as we use facilitative technologies to enable your engagement with the course team, fellow students and course materials. It is supported by face-to-face sessions conducted in the UAE, by the University of Northampton tutors.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will need to meet all of the following criteria:

  • hold a Masters degree in a business-related subject, completed within the last ten years
  • have a minimum of five years' work experience, at least some of which should be at a senior level
  • be employed in a leadership/management role capable of supporting the achievement of the programme learning outcomes


You can expect to experience a variety of assessment methods designed to support your learning and the development of skills in communicating and defending your ideas at the doctoral level. Assessment types used during the facilitated modules include; essay, seminar presentation and debate, portfolio, research report, reflective report, research proposal, viva voce.

The research thesis is assessed by a 40,000-word thesis and a viva voce examination.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

Stafford was formed in 1993, in the UAE, with the sole intention of providing distance education assistance to the business professionals in the Middle East to achieve good quality internationally rec ... Read More

Stafford was formed in 1993, in the UAE, with the sole intention of providing distance education assistance to the business professionals in the Middle East to achieve good quality internationally recognised qualifications that would mark them as serious managers and advance their careers. Starting with 7 students in 1993 over a decade later we are involved with an average of 1000 students a year availing distance education. All are serious minded busy managers proving to the world that they mean to succeed. Stafford is entirely focussed on assisting full-time professionals in business with quality distance learning to accelerate their careers through independent study. Stafford works throughout the Middle East and Levant region offering distance learning Executive MBA’s, Doctorates, BA’s, diplomas and more. We pride ourselves on our commitment to the academic and business success of our students, our excellent relationships with our UK universities, our integrity and the high quality of our academic and administrative support staff. Read less
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