The Henley DBA

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How to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants seeking to enter the MSc and Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) programme will normally be expected to hold a masters degree in the area of business or management together with at least five years' relevant experience.

Candidates wishing to transfer from the MSc to the DBA programme will require an average of 60% in the MSc (and 60% on the research proposal element). Where an applicant has an existing masters qualification in research, such as an MPhil or MRes, typically with a 'merit' pass or equivalent, it may be possible to join the DBA stage directly.


To apply for the Henley DBA, please complete the application form and provide the required documents, including one business reference and one academic reference. You will also need to complete a research outline detailing your DBA dissertation topic. This is a short, 2-3 page research outline.

You should consult the document before writing the research outline. Before writing your research outline, you must select a topic from one available on the research topics page and apply for one of the research areas as these are areas of expertise within the business school. Topics not listed on the research topics will not be considered.

Stage 1 of the DBA programme, the MSc in Business and Management Research, commences in October each year. Applications should be submitted by 30 June of that year.

Please indicate on your research outline under which topic/faculty member (where applicable) your research falls.

Application forms

Download the required application forms:

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