- Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)
|Durham Business School
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Durham University Business School
Studying at the Durham University Business School
Founded in 1965, Durham University Business School is one of the longest established business schools in the UK. We are one of an elite group of institutions globally to be accredited by all three international bodies – AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.
Our School combines academic excellence and incisive research with exceptional global business connections and excellent career development opportunities. The Business School is integral to Durham University, a globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, and a member of the UK’s Russell Group of prestigious leading research universities.
The School’s research is internationally renowned, both for its academic rigour and the benefits it brings to society as a whole. We work with partners around the world to push boundaries – not just keeping up with the latest developments but setting the agenda and leading business thinking. We work with partners in all sectors to inform policy and to develop innovative approaches to thinking and problem-solving.
Following the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework), 79 per cent of research submitted by staff across Durham University Business School was assessed as ‘internationally excellent quality’ or ‘world leading’, that is 3* or 4*. This result reflects the international breadth and quality of our research.
Our location is in the beautiful, historic city of Durham, which has the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cathedral and Castle at its heart. Situated in the North East of England Durham is 30 minutes' drive from Newcastle International Airport and about 40 minutes from Durham Tees Valley Airport. Both have regular domestic and international flights.
Approximately 60 InterCity trains from most major centres in the country call at Durham daily including 14 trains from London (from which the high-speed service takes under 3 hours from London King's Cross). By road Durham is 264 miles from London, 187 miles from Birmingham, 125 miles from Edinburgh and 67 miles from York. Durham city centre is only two miles from the A1(Motorway).
The School offers a number of different scholarships depending on the DBA programme. For further information on the availability of awards please Research Admissions through stating the programme of interest and the year of entry.
Durham University graduates are also entitled to a 10% alumni fee reduction on the Durham DBA programme.
The School is consistently ranked highly in a wide range of prestigious listings:
Business School - 48th in Europe in the Financial Times European Business Schools ranking 2021
Full-time MBA - 8th in the UK, 19th in Europe, 74th in the world in the Financial Times Global MBA ranking 2021. The FT also ranked the Durham MBA (Full-time) 1st in the UK for alumni satisfaction and 3rd in Europe. The full-time programme is also ranked 2nd in the UK, 11th in Europe and 37th in the work in the Economist Which? MBA Rankings 2021.
The Durham MBA (Full-time) is ranked 29th in the Corporate Knights 2020 Better World MBA Rankings. Ethics and sustainability are embedded in our vision and mission with the School subscribing to the UN’s Principles of Responsible Management in Education.
Online MBA - 2nd in the UK, 3rd in Europe, 7th in the world in the Financial Times Online MBA ranking 2020.
We are one of an elite group of schools worldwide to carry three internationally recognised quality assurances – AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS, a testament to the calibre of the School and an endorsement of the exceptional quality of our programmes.
The School also hold the Athena Swan Bronze Award for improving gender equality.
Why to study here
The Durham DBA benefits from a long heritage as one of the first executive DBA programmes in the UK. Its impressive alumni include senior figures from the UK government ministries as well as distinguished organisational and political figures internationally. A number have also become successful authors and others have embarked on a second career in academia. The distinguishing feature of the Durham DBA is its strong organisational focus. The programme seeks to encourage DBA students to use organisation theory in interdisciplinary ways to think critically and analytically about as well as influence organisations and management, work practices, processes and institutions.
As part of our vibrant and welcoming research-led community, you’ll work alongside a diverse faculty of research students and distinguished international academics to develop an independent, critical and high-level command of your subject area. You’ll be directly involved in the research activities and culture of the School and get support with funding to participate in conferences both at home and abroad.
Our research spans disciplines, geographies and industries. We feed fresh thinking and push the boundaries of how businesses work. From social policy and economic growth to international development, our research is renowned and relevant around the world.
The School’s international and collaborative nature also means there is the option to study for the Durham DBA at Fudan in partnership with Fudan University, Shanghai, China or the Global DBA run in partnership with emlyon business school, Paris, France. We actively encourage networking opportunities across our doctorate programmes.
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