UK University Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) locally supported by MDCI

A Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) offers a new route to a Doctoral qualification. It is designed specifically for experienced leaders in the private, public and third sectors. Unlike a traditional Ph.D., the DBA enables candidates to make a contribution to knowledge through the "novel application of theory" rather than the "development of new theory". Furthermore, the DBA seeks to push forward the boundaries of professional practice. The result is an enhanced capacity in thought leadership for organizational change, and greater preparedness for senior management and/or consultancy roles.

  • UK and GCC workshops, covering essentials of doctoral research
  • Assessment by assignment, a publishable paper, thesis and oral defense of the thesis
  • Already 70+ successful graduates with MDCI GCC/UK support
  • Register your interest, subject area and highest academic qualification

Six modules are 'facilitated' and one is the independent research thesis. All of the modules are compulsory. The first two years are spent developing your knowledge and skills in research methods, reflective practice, and research leadership and governance. When you have successfully completed the facilitated modules, you progress to the research thesis. The thesis will typically take a further two years to complete.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will need to meet all of the following criteria:

  • hold a Master’s degree in a business-related subject, completed within the last ten years
  • have a minimum of five years' work experience, at least some of which should be at a senior level
  • be employed in a leadership/management role capable of supporting the achievement of the programme learning outcomes

Structure of Study

  • Induction session
  • Introduction to Management research

Years 1 and 2:

Taught modules

  • Philosophy of research (Includes ethical issues)
  • Action research & systems methodology
  • Research design & data collection
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Communication & presentation of the proposal

Years 3 and 4:

  • DBA thesis
  • Peer review workshop (1)
  • Peer review workshop (2)
  • Peer review workshop (3)
  • Peer review workshop (4)

Thesis and Viva-voce

Assessment

You can expect to experience a variety of assessment methods designed to support your learning and the development of skills in communicating and defending your ideas at the doctoral level. Assessment types used during the facilitated modules include; essay, seminar presentation and debate, portfolio, research report, reflective report, research proposal, viva voce.

The research thesis is assessed by a 50,000-60,000 word thesis and a viva voce examination.

Starting: Spring 2018

Program taught in:
  • English
Last updated October 17, 2018
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