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Global DBA: Durham-emlyon (GDBA)

The Global DBA: Durham-emlyon (GDBA), is a new part-time executive doctoral programme delivered by Durham University Business School and emlyon business school across global locations: UK, France and various international locations.

This doctoral-level programme will provide you with a unique and unparalleled opportunity to learn from, and collaborate with, internationally renowned faculty at two of Europe’s most innovative and exciting business schools.

Take your leadership to the next level in an age of disruption.

The GDBA develop your understanding of frontier insights in management and business and enhance your own research capabilities, empowering you to push the boundaries of knowledge. Through this, you will become a true business leader enabling you to accelerate your personal development and further boost your career.

You will use your research expertise by focusing on a challenge or opportunity your organisation is facing, to help transform your business and make an impact to professional practice and relevant communities across institutional, disciplinary and geographical boundaries.

How is the programme structured?

The Global DBA; Durham-emlyon is a double doctoral degree programme and is co-taught by faculty from both Durham University Business School and emlyon business school. You will receive a Doctorate from each School and also be co-supervised by faculty from both institutions.

The programme consists of five core modules and involves part-time study over 4 to 6 years, structured in a way you can combine your demanding executive careers with periods of intense study and individual research progress.

Programme Structure

First-year dates

Dates Learning Activities Location

Assessment Submission


15th April 2019

Induction & Registration Durham N/A
16th - 18th April 2019

Core Module 1

Leadership & Followship


18th - 20th October 2019

Core Module 2

Global Corporate Strategy

Paris TBC
22nd -24th March March 2020

Core Module 3

Innovation and Technology Management

3rd Continent TBA TBC

Year 2

Dates Learning Activities Location

Assessment Submission


18th - 20th September 2020

Core Module 4

Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice

Paris TBC
22nd - 24th January 2021

Core Module 5

Theory into Practice

Durham (and online)


Years 3-6 dates

Dates Learning Activities Location Assessment Submission
Doctoral Thesis (maximum 60,000 words)

Self-directed, on-line meetings,

and face to face meetings where possible


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