DBA Doctor of Business Administration

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The DBA is a professional research degree, designed to support you and give you the skills you need to deliver unique solutions in your sector or organisation, based on accurate and unbiased analysis of situations therein.

The programme is led by academics at the Edinburgh Business School and is suitable for professionals with a number of years of work experience who wish to explore advanced principles of business administration.

We have designed the DBA to fit around your working life as a self study, online programme.

Programme duration

The average time needed to complete the DBA is five years. There is no fixed start date, so you can begin at any time.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from suitably qualified applicants throughout the academic year and you can commence your studies once you are offered a place on the programme. To apply, please complete the application form and submit this along with the required supporting documents.

Please note that possession of the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee entry on to the programme. We will select the best candidates based on academic and professional credentials and those whose research interests are aligned with the School’s Research Centres.

Work experience

WApplicants are required to have a minimum of 5 years relevant, managerial-level work experience. A CV showing evidence of your career progression should be submitted along with your application form.


Entry on to the DBA programme requires a Masters degree in a relevant field from a recognized institution, equal in standard to one offered by Heriot-Watt University. Please submit a certified colour copy of your degree transcript and certificate or a copy sent directly from the awarding institution.

Research interests

The application form requires you to give a brief overview of your research idea. You should also specify which of the School’s Research Centres you believe is most suited to your research interests.

English language proficiency

If English is not your first language and it has been over two years since you studied your Masters degree in English, we will require proof of English proficiency. This can be either the results of an IELTS test with a minimum score of 6.5 with no score lower than 6.0 in reading, writing, speaking and listening (which needs to have been taken within the past two years).

We can also accept a letter from your employers HR department confirming that English is the main language in your workplace.


We require two references, preferably one academic and one professional. These are to be written on an official letterhead.

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