University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management

Content and structure

The DBA in Higher Education Management programme includes:

Most students complete the programme within six years (taught and thesis phases).

Taught phase

Over two years, you'll study units delivered over four eight-day residentials at our Bath campus.

Calendar of residential modules

We'll confirm dates at least six months before each residential.


The taught phase consists of four units:

1. Globalisation and higher education strategy

This unit focuses on global trends in higher education and the driving forces behind them. Topics include:

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2. Higher education policy and management

This unit explores higher education policy and the impact it has for the management of higher education institutions. Topics include:

This unit is delivered during the second residential.

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3. Higher education and organisational change

This unit looks at how higher education institutions function as professional organisations. Topics include:

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4. Methods and methodology for higher education research

The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of methods and methodologies for higher education research. Topics include:

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Assignments and progression

The taught phase is like a structured training programme. You'll be able to explore topics that interest you, and start to get ideas for your thesis.

You'll complete four assignments. The final assignment is a research proposal for your thesis.

We've designed each assignment to give you content-specific skills and other transferable skills. Completing all four assignments will give you the key building blocks you'll need to start your thesis.

To be eligible for the thesis phase you will need to complete and pass all four assignments.

Thesis phase

Your DBA thesis must relate to higher education management. You will work with two academic supervisors, who will review your progress every six months.

Typically students complete their thesis in four years. This flexibility allows you to do your thesis alongside work and other commitments.