What will I learn?

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a professional doctorate providing dynamic, research-based views of real management issues. You will have the opportunity to blend the latest academic thinking with business knowledge, skills and practice, enabling a significant contribution to the enhancement of professional practice. A DBA is equivalent to a PhD but more applied in nature.

This course is designed to generate new knowledge and understanding which will contribute to enhancing the policies and practices of modern management.

You will have the opportunity to undertake research in one or more of the following areas: Corporate Communications, Sales and Marketing; Finance, Accounting and Corporate Governance; Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour; Entrepreneurship and the Performance of SMEs; Leadership and Strategic Management; Environmental and Operations Management; Public Policy and Not-for-Profit Studies; Tourism, Hospitality and Retail Management; Technology, Innovation and e-Business.

Which department am I in?

School of Creative and Cultural Business

Study options

Full Time (36 months)

Tuition fees
£13,190.00 (US$ 16,275) per year
This is a fixed fee

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Start date

October 2020, February 2021


Robert Gordon University

Garthdee House,

Garthdee Road,


Aberdeen, City Of,

AB10 7QB, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelors Degree with a 2.7 GPA on a 4 point scale. First Professional Degree with a GPA of 2.7 on a 4 point scale. Students need to have an IELTS overall of 6.5 includes 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening.

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About this uni

With professional placements, academic excellence, and state-of-the-art facilities, RGU is the perfect place to start your university journey.

  • First in Scotland with a 97.6% graduate employment rate
  • 16,000 students from 132 countries
  • Top 20% UK university - Gold in Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Start-up Accelerator Programme for all students