DBA|Dr. – Doctor of Business Administration

Distance Learning at Middlesex University, UK

with organizational and economic support from KMU Akademie & Management AG.

Due to the additional demands of a part-time Doctor of Business Administration (DBA/Dr.) programme alongside a demanding management job, flexibility is important. Within our distance learning programme all materials are available on our online platform KMUnity and can be accessed any time. So you decide when and where you want to study – regardless of time and place.

This online distance education doctorate (DBA/Dr.) is offered by KMU Akademie in collaboration with the prestigious Middlesex University. KMU Akademie is responsible for the entire organisational process as well as the student support. Experienced supervisors support you throughout the DBA programme and guide you in achieving your academic goals, right up to the internationally recognised doctoral degree (DBA/Dr.). The degree will then be awarded by Middlesex University.

There are significant changes to the right to claim a doctorate:

  • social and professional reputation increases,

  • new career opportunities arise,

  • this is usually associated with a higher income.

Doc- distance learning - DBA/Dr.

The DBA is the professional equivalent of the academic PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), but designed specifically to support participants in undertaking practice-based research related to their professional environment. While the knowledge gained from this research is equally rigorous to the PhD, it is distinctive in that the research findings tend to be highly applicable within the students’ organisation and/or within their community of professional practice.

The DBA is designed to raise the level of professional capabilities of practising senior managers and executives. It does this by developing critical reflective practice skills, by enhancing knowledge of leading-edge areas of business, and by providing the opportunity to develop their capabilities in practice-based research by means of a major doctoral research project relevant to the professional practice of the students, their organisation, community of practice or professional field.

All courses at Middlesex University are tax-free according to § 6 Abs. 1 Zi. 11 lit. a UStG.
(You pay no tax on the tuition fee).

Access to the Doctoral Programme

From registration to the final start of your studies – the following services (in this order) must be completed as part of your studies:

  • Submission of application documents
  • Review of the submitted documents by KMU Akademie and Middlesex University
  • A decision whether or not the applicant will be admitted to the programme will be provided within three months
  • Receipt of admission documents (letter of admission and invoice for tuition fees)
  • Transfer of the tuition fees by the student
  • Access to our online campus KMUnity and registration at Middlesex University/KMU Akademie
  • Submission of Research Proposal as well as a Personal Statement according to which a supervisory team will be assigned
  • Interview (discussion of Research Proposal, personal and professional qualification)
  • Establishing contact and liaising with the assigned supervisory team
  • Signing of the supervisor agreement and commitment to supervision by the student and supervisor

Programme Structure

The distance learning programme Doctor of Business Administration (DBA/Dr.) has a minimum duration of four and a maximum duration of seven years.
It consist of two phases and concludes 180 ECTS.
The following achievements must be completed as part of the programme (in this consecutive order):

Phase 1

  • Submission of Extended Research Proposal Review

  • Approval, presentation and evaluation of
    Proposed Programme of Research

Phase 2

  • Submission of draft version of the Thesis
  • Thesis
    (proof of ability to deal with scientific questions)
  • Viva Voce
    (presentation and defence of the thesis before a panel)


  • Graduation Ceremony

  • Receipt of certificate
    of Middlesex University with Doctor of Business Administration (DBA/Dr.) and award of the academic degree “Doctor of Business Administration”.

The university reserves the right to make sovereign changes to the programme.

Research Areas

Research areas in the field of economics and management:

  • Financing

  • Logistics

  • Tourism Management

  • Real Estate Management

  • Banking and Insurance

  • Public Administration and Management

  • Human Resource Management

  • Energy

  • Sports Management

  • Corporate Consulting

  • Environmental Management

  • Marketing

  • Education Management

  • Health Management

  • Management of SMEs or Corporate Management

  • Restructuring

  • Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Digitalisation / Big Data

  • Sustainability Management

The economic dissertation can be written in various subject areas, you are free to choose the topic of the dissertation.

Recognition of the Doctoral Degree

“Doctor of Business Administration, DBA” is an internationally recognised degree
after at least four years of doctoral studies at the 3rd level of the Bologna Classification.
You are a student at Middlesex University and also receive your degree from the state-recognized university in UK
– the academic degree is internationally recognized.

Diploma: Doctor of Business Administration | abbreviated: DBA / Dr.

Upon completion of the programme, the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA/Dr.) certificate is issued by Middlesex University.

DBA/Dr. distance learning – benefits

Our distance learning DBA is adapted to our digital age.
Thanks to our online campus, you can access course content anytime & anywhere. No long journeys to the campus and no rigid lecture times that cannot be reconciled with the job –

You are able to study individually adapted to your possibilities: in terms of time, place and part-time.
  • Enrollment at prestigious Middlesex University

  • study in tandem with employment

  • academic degree: DBA/Dr.

  • language: English

  • internationally recognised

  • topic individually selectable

  • no on-site presence required

  • independent of time & place

  • part-time

  • homestudy

  • application: all year round

  • enrollment: all year round

  • documents permanently downloadable

  • 180 full ECTS

Benefits DBA distance learning

Admission to the Doctoral Programme

Since only a limited number of doctoral students can be accepted, admission depends on the following factors:

  • Date of Binding Registration

  • Admission Criteria

  • Assignment of Supervisory Team

If the application is rejected, no fees or costs will be incurred and the next application will be used.


Curriculum DBA/Dr. English
Application Form: DBA/Dr.