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DBA, Doctor of Business Administration
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Wincey Cheung / Kenneth Fung


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Course profile

The Aston DBA offers you a distinctive opportunity to work with world-leading academics on research and continually progress on how to develop effective organisations. This DBA programme allows you to expand your breath of knowledge and takes you beyond business theories. You will be able to use new knowledge gained from research to transform practices within your organisation(s). 


University Excellence

  • TOP 1% Triple Accredited Business School in the world with AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS
  • 100% of Aston’s business research achieved 3* and 4* (out of 4*) high impact at UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
  • With over 60 years of research history, Aston is one of the most firmly established research-based business schools in the UK
  • Out of 154 UK business schools, Aston ranked 11th in the Eduniversal 2016 Business School Ranking
  • QS 5 Stars rated for excellence


Programme Excellence

  • Ranked as TOP 10 DBA in the world according to
  • Aston’s DBA is accredited by the AMBA and was commended in 2015 for the quality of supervision and support staff
  • 100% Aston experience in Hong Kong. This programme is taught and supervised by Aston faculty and supervisors who will come all the way to Hong Kong
  • Receive 100% Aston supervisor support when your research begins. Meet your assigned supervisor once a year starting from Year 2 and on-going research support is available through emails or video conferencing


Commencement date: July 2018


Course details

PhD & Doctor Degrees

Primary Area of Study

Primary Area of Study: 
Business & Management, General

Secondary Area of Study

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Delivery Mode: 
Part Time
4 Years
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Course fee: 

For direct enrolment onto the DBA programme you must have:

  • An MBA, MSc or an MA degree in business or management (or an equivalent professional qualification)
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a senior role
  • For those whose first language is not English: either evidence that the master’s degree was taught mainly or entirely in English or a satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS score (see below) or an equivalent English language qualification recognised by Aston University

Additionally, applicants should demonstrate appropriate links to practice to which their proposed research refers. Please direct any queries on eligibility to the DBA Programme Administrator: or Kaplan Higher Education Course Consultant:

English Language Requirement

  • IELTS: An overall minimum score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in Speaking and Writing, and a minimum of 6.0 in Listening and Reading.