Professional Doctorate in Business and Management DBA

Research ( part-time)

Chelmsford, Cambridge

September 2018

DBA: 36-72 months


Our rigorous professional doctorate programme gives you the opportunity and resources to explore key issues you and your organisation face – and to take the lead on developing solutions, innovations and improvements.

Full description

Supervision and support

Here at the business school we take teaching seriously as this will no doubt be an significant part of your continued success in academia. It is important that all our PhD students feel confident and prepared when standing in front of our students and so to support you we provide ongoing training and development, covering the following areas:

  • Introducing good teaching practice with informed formative feedback
  • Provision of a support network both peer to peer and from an experienced mentor
  • Opportunity to take up teaching at your own pace
  • You can work towards professional teaching accreditation with the Higher Education Academy
  • Regular informal observations and feedback
  • Familiarisation with innovative teaching methods and digital learning technology
  • How to write effective lesson plans that support the students learning and engagement
  • You will be provided with an experienced mentor and be given the opportunity to co-teach with an experienced member of teaching staff prior to going it alone

We can accommodate most research proposals in business, management or interdisciplinary subjects, so please feel free to get in touch to discuss your ideas. Here’s an overview of our main specialisms.

  • Economic paradigms, models and methodologies
  • International trade and foreign direct investment
  • Entrepreneurship and SME internationalisation
  • Innovation, knowledge and information economies
  • Global people management
  • Organisational change management
  • Public service change management
  • Leadership
  • Sustainable tourism

You’ll have use of our campus libraries with online databases containing all the main business and management journals, plus our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) through which you can access study resources and help.

Where you'll research

Your faculty

The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 6,000 students from more than 100 countries.

Our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford, as well as new buildings in Cambridge, offer the most advanced learning technologies. We’re well-recognised for our centres of excellence by students, employers and professional bodies alike.

What makes us stand out is that our courses don't just give you sound academic knowledge – they’re at the cutting edge of current business practice and highly relevant to employers. This is owing to the close links we have with the business community and the partnerships we've developed with a wide variety of businesses and public service organisations. 

We're interested in people who are confident, ambitious and ready to take the challenge of making a difference in the world of business. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (part-time, per year)


International students, 2017/18 (per year)


International students, 2017/18 (part time, per year)


UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2018/19 (Part-time, per year)


International students, 2018/19 (per year)


Bench fees

The UK, EU & International 2018/19 Bench fees will range between £1000 to £7000.

Writing up fees 2018-19

Full-time: £1400
Part-time: £1000


For advice on funding, scholarships and PhD studentship opportunities, please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers.

You might also find The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding helpful.

ARU research

Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.


Research training is an integral part of this course and will let you develop transferable skills in research methods, report writing, academic publishing, conference presentations, personal effectiveness and more.

Contact details

If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities, please contact

Entry requirements

  • You'll need to hold a Masters degree in a cognate area awarded by a UK university, or an overseas Masters degree of equivalent standard, and have appropriate professional experience.
  • If English is not your first language, you’ll also need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.
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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

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