The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a professional doctorate which provides a structured programme of study through taught modules, closely integrated with an individual's professional career development. It is widely recognised as the pinnacle of qualifications in the world of business and management. This DBA programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals working in Business Administration and Management related areas in the UK and international markets.
The programme is open to candidates who have at least three years recent and relevant management experience. It aims to provide students with both a thorough grounding in the philosophy, principles and practice of business administration and management research, and a critical understanding of key contemporary and global issues affecting all types and sectors of business. The term business is used in its widest sense as this degree may also be undertaken by those who work in social enterprises, voluntary and not-for-profit organisations.
The programme has two parts, and is composed of taught modules and a doctoral-level work-based research project. The element of reflection on professional practice distinguishes the professional doctorate from the award of a PhD
The DBA allows experienced managers an opportunity to reflect on their experiences in the past if studying full time or concurrently if studying part time. All candidates will study in a blended learning mode, supported by programme materials and access to a Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). The delivery will be through residential workshops and online learning. The nature of the support will enable students to travel to the programme from local, national and international locations. Students will also be invited to attend the Postgraduate Summer School, which runs annually and is organised by the Postgraduate Research Office
The award of DBA is made on the successful achievement of 540 credits at Levels 7 and 8.
Candidates will study three compulsory modules of research methods:
- Approaches to Research and Academic Communication
- Qualitative Research
- Quantitative Research Methods
and three compulsory modules from:
- Visions for the Future - Theoretical Perspectives on Management
- Strategic Change and Organisations
- Managing in Complex Environments: Strategies, Insights and Solutions
- Entrepreneurial Perspectives
*advanced standing may apply for candidates with extensive research methods training or who have completed a relevant programme of study on the equivalent level.
This element comprises a taught module, Preparing for Doctoral Research and a work-based research project at doctoral level of 60,000 words.
Research is focused on workplace practice, enabling advanced practitioners to undertake a doctoral programme whilst also making a significant contribution to their own professional practice as well as their organisation's development.
Email enquiries to:
Dr David Griffiths