The Doctor of Business Administration programme is specifically designed for experienced practitioners in business, industry and the professions, who are seeking to engage in a part-time research-orientated programme of postgraduate study leading to the award of a professional doctorate.
The DBA is of the same status as the more commonly known PhD, with the “Dr.” title. It will enable you to design and conduct an investigation into a contemporary business, management or professional issue, the outcomes of which make a significant and demonstrable contribution to both appropriate knowledge, theory and professional knowledge and practice.
As a professional doctorate, the Doctor of Business Administration course consists of two Stages:
Stage 1 consists of a 2-year taught programme of six modules, each being completed through a 3-day intensive face-to-face workshop plus a period of private study both before and after the workshop. During Stage 1 you will develop critical and reflective skills at doctoral level, through the requirement to think conceptually, apply critical thinking, and reasoning skills and to challenge orthodoxy relating to the body of knowledge and research relating to Management and Organisation.
Assessment in Stage 1 will consist of individual assignments rather than formal examinations. Once you have passed all of the taught modules and have had your DBA project proposal approved, you then progress on to Stage 2 of the DBA. Assessment at Stage 2 will be via examination of the submitted thesis.
Stage 2 DBA Thesis - as part of the development process of your DBA project, you will have worked with the DBA staff to agree a suitable supervisory team, including a Director of Postgraduate Studies.
Management, Rhetoric, Policy and Practice
Research Methodologies and Design
The Reflexive Practitioner
Qualitative Research Methods
Quantitative Research Methods
Review of Management Literature
3 - 4 Years
Hold an approved Masters degree in business, management or in a relevant subject
Hold an Undergraduate degree or other equivalent international degree qualification, with work experience of 5 years and above
Provide two appropriate and satisfactory professional/academic references
Demonstrate the potential to conduct research and write a thesis
Pass a 15-minute selection interview
If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you will be able to study at a postgrad degree level English, e.g., IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550/213 or LIBT-EPT
As an online learner, you’ll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.
£8000 per year
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All course material, including online modules and written assignments
Personal tutor support with online sessions
Dedicated student support
Access to an online community learning forum
Assignment marking and feedback
You are eligible if you meet our stipulated entry requirements.
You will have to fill out a short application form to make sure you meet the criteria. You will then have to pass a 15-minute selection interview.