Postgraduate study
Business, Accounting, Leadership & Management

Doctorate Business Administration (DBA)

The DBA is a professional doctorate equivalent to a PhD but with a strong focus on applied research. It enables you to make a significant contribution to the enhancement of professional practice through the application and development of theoretical frameworks and perspectives.

Course information

Full-time

  • within 2 years and 3 months (27 months)

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September 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Full course fee for UK/EU students is £19,750. Not eligible for any fee discounts.
  • Fee for non UK/EU applicants

Part-time

  • within 4 years

More part-time details

September 2018 entry

  • Teesside University Darlington only
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491
  • Full course fee for UK/EU students is £19,750. Not eligible for any fee discounts.

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    Gillian Danby, Doctorate Business Administration

    DBA student Gillian Danby discusses her experience of the programme.

    Doctorate Business Administration

    Dr Malgorzata Ciesielka, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and HRM, discusses our Doctorate Business Administration (DBA) programme.

 

This programme gives you the opportunity to combine advanced study with professional experience. The structure allows you to gain knowledge and confidence in academic research at the beginning of the programme, followed by support from your supervisory team during the DBA Advanced Independent Work module. Examples of previous research include studies of commitment to personal development, changes in public sector organisation, and the impact of organisational culture on efficiency.All DBA lecturers are research-active and able to supervise a wide range of academic and practical research topics. You are encouraged to develop your reflexivity, positioning yourself as a critically informed practitioner. There is a possibility to choose between two pathways (part-time or full-time) depending on personal and professional circumstances. The programme allows you to build on previous learning in an area of business and/or management and expand skills and knowledge to undertake a doctoral-level study.Please note that students taking the full-time route study modules at the Centre for Professional and Executive Development in Darlington but attend the Middlesbrough campus for supervision and other scholarly activity.

The DBA programme involves taught modules, which provide the theoretical and interdisciplinary foundations necessary for undertaking research at doctoral level. Outside the formal sessions, you are encouraged to participate in University and school-level events, such as research seminars and conferences.

You start by getting your bearings with research, then learn how to engage with academic literature at a doctoral level, before formally reviewing the literature relevant to your proposed study. You are then asked to design a study, which brings to the fore some complex philosophical issues about what we can know from the data we obtain. Next you analyse and present your data in a meaningful way. Finally, you write up your study and prepare to defend it at an oral (viva voce) examination.

This typical sequence maps onto the three core modules.

Course structure

Core modules

Applying Management and Organisational Studies Research

This module is structured around three key interrelated themes: internationalisation and globalisation, organisational practices, and theory of management. You develop a critical appreciation of contemporary issues in organisation behavior and development and apply research skills to produce a literature review signposting a preferred theoretical underpinning. Due to the nature of this module and its focus on emerging management issues, the content may change year-on-year. However, typical content is likely to include organisational development, change theory, comparative management theory, talent management and reflective practice.

DBA Advanced Independent Study

The module requires you to draw creatively and critically upon your academic studies to develop and apply a specific piece of research to the organisational and/or professional discipline setting. In addition to incorporating the usual doctorate-level critical literature and methodological review, this module examines, evaluates and makes recommendations relating to current and possible future professional practice, demonstrating a contribution to the development of new knowledge within the appropriate professional field.

You are required to submit a 40,000-50,000 word Advanced Independent Study report for assessment and will be examined by viva voce.

Research Methods for Doctoral Students

This module provides a thorough introduction to management research and forms the basis for research training for doctoral students in business and management. You are introduced to a breadth of research philosophies and methodological approaches to give you a sufficient understanding to engage critically with the literature and make informed methodological choices in your own research projects, taking into account data analysis methods and any ethical issues and considerations. The aim is to achieve a balance between generic coverage of relevant material, and bespoke workshops which respond to your specific needs in terms of the research methods you propose to use in your study. This module also acts as bridging module between master’s and doctoral level.

 

Modules offered may vary.

Entry requirements

The DBA is designed for people who have achieved, or expect to achieve, senior organisational positions and/or who wish to enhance their analytical and research skills and knowledge. Applicants should have a master's degree in a subject related to business and/or management (for example MBA, MSc Project Management, MA Human Resource Management, MSc Engineering Management, MSc Oil and Gas Management), together with a minimum of three years' managerial experience. Applicants will be asked to send a short research proposal.

All prospective students will be interviewed. Applicants must show they have recent and relevant study or practice in the field of business and/or management.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Course information

Full-time

  • within 2 years and 3 months (27 months)

More full-time details

September 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Full course fee for UK/EU students is £19,750. Not eligible for any fee discounts.
  • Fee for non UK/EU applicants

Part-time

  • within 4 years

More part-time details

September 2018 entry

  • Teesside University Darlington only
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491
  • Full course fee for UK/EU students is £19,750. Not eligible for any fee discounts.

Contact details

Further information