The DBA is designed for those who already have appropriate business experience In order to provide a contextual setting for their research, candidates must have the ability and opportunity to carry out detailed research activity in one or more organisations. Access to and support from the appropriate organisation(s) is considered critical in terms of initial selection of candidates and for the duration of the programme. Candidates will be well qualified in their chosen field and will normally have already gained an MBA or other business-related master’s degree or equivalent qualification, together with a sufficient amount and level of business and management experience appropriate to the research being undertaken. However, subject to a successful panel interview, candidates with an undergraduate degree of at least 2:2 in the wider social sciences area coupled with significant relevant business experience are also welcome to apply. Panel interview If the application is assessed to be interesting and relevant to the DBA scope and requirements, the candidate will be invited to an interview, where more information will be sought about the proposed research, and the skills and suitability of the candidate. Candidates will be interviewed by two or more members of the course team about their chosen organisation and research ideas. Topics must be related to management practice in organisations.
Months of entry
- to contribute to knowledge in the area of organisational studies
- to contribute to the effectiveness of the organisation in which the research takes place and
- to enhance the management competence of the researcher
Organisational Analysis and Research
- Practice Based Research
- Reflexivity in Action
- Research Methods Toolkit
Assessment of the first stage is through a mix of approaches including written coursework, presentation, empirical research, and an individual reflective and progressive log.
It is envisaged that both formative and summative feedback, both oral and written, will be provided across both the taught and the research stage of the degree.
On completion of Stage 1, you are expected to present the updated research proposal in front of an academic panel, in order to assess whether the proposed study meets the doctoral research criteria. The decision of the panel will enable you to upgrade to the doctoral stage and work towards the completion of the thesis.
On the doctoral part of the degree, you will be required to complete discrete milestones in terms of your progress. These are set by the University in its regulations covering all postgraduate research qualifications but under the Professional Doctorate, you will be provided with a more structured framework than that is commonly associated with a PhD route.
Together with formal and regular (normally monthly) meetings with supervisors, you'll benefit from structured VLE support where constant updates and virtual tutorials can take place. You will also participate in regular supervised cohort meetings at least once a semester, sharing and presenting ideas; these will be supported by the opportunity for cohort members to meet virtually between these formal supervised meetings.
By the end of the doctoral stage, you'll complete a thesis of c. 60,000 words on a significant practitioner-oriented issue. Aspects of the research should be of a standard to present at an Academic Conference, and be published in the Conference Proceedings.
Successful candidates will enjoy improved career opportunities in their selected fields and they will have a distinctive qualification to pursue senior management and/or academic positions in a variety of organisations both at national and international levels.
Qualification and course duration
DBA by taught
Course contact details
- Admissions Office
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