K M Enayet Hossain
10 February, 2021

1.7 min read


Why study a DBA course in the UK

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is doctorate level (RQF Level 8) course and graduates can write ‘Dr’ before their names after graduation.

DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) course is designed for experienced business management professionals and associated to the practical world of work. It is a practice-oriented modern doctorate degree that focuses on the application of theory rather than on the development of new theory. By studying a DBA course in the UK, international students can expect to take a wealth of benefits.


7 benefits of studying a DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) course in the UK


Flexible entry requirements

As DBA course focuses on application rather than on creation of new theory and normally consists of a combination of coursework and a research project that is limited in scope, and focused on improving practice; universities do not normally ask for research proposal at the admission stage. There are no requirements for published journals or articles. Applications do not need to go through the complex procedures of finding different supervisors. This helps to get a quicker decision on admission application and plan ahead.

Comparatively less tuition fees

Tuition fees for DBA course are comparatively lower than similar postgraduate courses in the UK. The course learning outcomes are great value for money while the prospects are excellent return on investment.

More interactions and connectivity with fellow students

The DBA course structure has a taught phase in the 1st year of study. Students get to attend classes with other students and interact with them. This allows them to create a scholarly community and remain part of the community in their professional life.

Opportunity to gain a doctorate degree

The qualification level or award level of a DBA degree is equivalent to a PhD degree - upon satisfactory completion of the DBA degree, graduates can use the title ‘Dr’ same as PhD degree holders.

Eligibility for Post Study Work visa

International students who complete a DBA Degree will be entitled to a 3 year Post Study Work (PSW) visa in the UK from 01 July 2021. This will enable them to  translate their  learning to career opening and developing it to exploit further opportunities in the UK.

Chance to advance career at top level

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a professional doctorate certification that develops students’ research, analytical and critical thinking skills, problem solving and decision making ability, leadership skills to the highest level – acquisition of these competencies facilitates DBA graduates to advance their career at the top level of business and organisations.

Flexibility in career choice & development

Unlike PhD degree holders who normally find them in research or academic professions, DBA degree holders can develop careers in management, analyst, consultancy and senior level leadership positions in private, government and non-profit sectors. They can also choose career in administration or faculty in the education sector. DBA graduates may also opt to start career as entrepreneur or business owner.


For comparison between DBA and PhD course, please read our blog ‘DBA and PhD in Management course – similarities & dissimilarities’.

For information about MPhil course, please read our blog ‘MPhil degree- a master or a doctorate degree?’.


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