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Doctor of Business Administration DBA

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme aims to provide you with novel and relevant management and leadership approaches which will allow you to operate in a reflective, reflexive, positive and constructive manner.

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Overview

Reasons to study the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme at DMU:

Develop original solutions to real-world issues, further your professional skills and create novel, holistic and research-led solutions that bring lasting impact for your organisation.  

This course is for senior professionals, researchers in commercial or public organisations, managers, entrepreneurs, consultants and anyone else who wants to build their forensic and investigative skills to deal with knowledge-based investigations, organisational innovation, change and ambiguity. 

Unlike a PhD programme, the DBA is a peer-based experience and focuses on research that emerges from a field of practice to draw in academic knowledge, and also includes a 12-week Executive Company Project.

 

By taking this Doctor of Business Administration you will gain:

  • The ability to combine practitioner and academic knowledge.  Working with our leading faculty, you will build reflective skills and develop intellectual rigour to tackle organisational challenges and develop new insights.
  • Access to our diverse areas of research including people, organisations and work, evidence-based law, local governance, applied economics, social value, enterprise and innovation, urban research and austerity, finance and banking.
  • A community of UK and international peers from a variety of sectors with whom you’ll be exchanging ideas and knowledge.
  • The experience of implementing your research project, and seeing your work recognised in your organisation, profession and academia. This is an opportunity to bring impactful solutions to policy, communities and organisations.

The Leicester Castle Business School combines academic knowledge with consultancy experience, gathered in their work with organisations as diverse as Jaguar Land Rover, Topshop, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, among others. We also host leaders and practitioners in the classroom, who share their experience and insights. 

 

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Programme code: DBA800

Start dates: September 2019

Duration:

Full-time: three years (with the chance to take an extra year of study for £200)

Part-time: four years (year 4 at £200, and with the chance to take two extra years of study for £200 each)

Location of study: Leicester Castle Business School

Fees and funding: 
2019/20 entry: £9,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Programme code: DBA800
September/October: full-time and part-time

Start dates: 
September 2019

Duration:

Part-time: four years (year 4 at £250, with the chance to take two extra years of study for £250 each)

Location of study: Leicester Castle Business School

Fees and funding: 
2019/20 entry: £12,500

Find out more about course fees and available funding

Find out more about the  Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70

Entry criteria

This is a doctoral programme which requires honour undergraduate degree level entry (2.1) or equivalent. Equivalent here indicates - professional qualification, membership of a professional body, high level managerial/directorial role etc. It is likely that this will have taken a period of time to accumulate and, for indicative purposes only, this might be, for example, five years. In addition, all DBA students will be interviewed and this will also form part of the entry criteria in line with DMU doctoral processes and policies. In addition, students will be required to draft a detailed research proposal at the time of their application. The research proposal will be referred to in the interview process.

Programme Modules and Pre-requisites

In order to enter the programme the student must have completed:

  • an honours undergraduate degree (2.1);
  • or have membership of a recognised (chartered) professional body;
  • or be able to demonstrate equivalent professional qualification or managerial/directorial experience.
  • and must have a substantial body of supervisory/managerial roles on a permanent or periodic basis. It is likely that this will have taken a period of time to accumulate and, for indicative purposes only, this might be, for example, five years.

English language requirements 

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 (including a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours

 

Course modules:

The programme will normally take:

Part-time: a minimum of 4 years and a maximum of 6 years (if required by the student due to unforeseen circumstances/external pressures and commitments).

Full-time: a minimum of 3 year and a maximum of 5 years (if required by the student due to unforeseen circumstances/external pressures and commitments). It is usual for students to need 4 years to complete the programme full-time.

The overall final thesis produced will constitute a 55,000 word document. The first year of the programme is composed of a series of assignments. This is followed in year two by the pilot and commencing the main thesis study. The assignments will inform the writing of 55,000 thesis but cannot be incorporated integrally into, or copied over to, the thesis document. The years following year 1-2 will be dedicated to developing and writing the thesis document. The usual required processes of annual review and supervision will take place during this period and be recorded on My Research.

The programme structure allows students to complete the three input modules in year 1. Students who wish to complete the modules at a different pace will have two options: first, to submit outstanding assignments later in a negotiated extension timeline; secondly, - should they be unable to attend delivery of one of the three modules in the first year (due to private/professional circumstances) - to attend, for example, one or two modules in year 1 and join the new cohort in the following year 2 to undertake the remaining module(s) then. This pattern of three modules running each year will also allow students to catch up (on a cyclical /conveyor belt model) on resits should they not complete in year one or fail a first attempt. Students must successfully complete the assignments within the first two years of programme before being able to transfer to, and commence with, the thesis phase.

From the beginning of the programme students will also be obligated to keep and make entries in a Research Log which will operate on a yearly assessment basis throughout the duration of the programme (more is detailed below on the Log).

At the end of year one – both full-time students and part-time students will participate in two inter-linked events: the DBA residential and also the BAL Faculty Milestone Day. The DBA Residential will most likely be on-site at DMU (mindful of cost efficiency/facility usage) and will comprise poster/presentations of the research, guest talks, visits, activities etc. The overall aim of the Residential is to develop skills, knowledge, community and confidence. The Residential will be scheduled at the same time as the BAL Faculty Milestone Day programming. This is the major event constituting an opportunity to undertake Formal Review and progress to full admittance on to the doctoral thesis development stage of the programme.To summarise, the programme will follow the structure indicated below:The first year of the programme will involve students undertaking three modules and these modules will be team taught – each module and tutors bringing different insights and set of subject knowledge to the student experience and learning.

OVERVIEW

Year 1: Framing the study (building on the research proposal) in order to connect professional business and academic research domains effectively.

Research Log – The students will open a research log of their experience of moving through the various parts of the programme in relation to their professional lives. An indicative template and guidance will be provided to students. The log should have regular brief entries (at least every two weeks) and provide a commentary and reflection on making sense of the doctoral, work and general life experiences. The log does not employ academic references unless the student wishes to engage with particular sources as a part of the log and its experiences.

This log will operate, and be maintained, for the duration of the programme and will be submitted alongside the final thesis programme upon submission (minimum 2000 words in overall length). The student must receive a ‘pass’ mark for this element (pass threshold for progression). Non-achievement of a pass mark will require a resubmission of the log element.

Establishment of, and Engagement in, Action-Learning Sets

Action learning sets will be formed at the commencement of the programme. Action learning sets provide a well-established and acknowledged management development methodology which allows programme participants to exchange and learn in a structured manner. While these are essentially self-directed, these will be overseen at distance by supervisors/programme leader.

MODULE 1

Year 1/ Assignment 1 (Sept - Dec) –  A structured review of research and leading professional practice literature

Identification of topic, and conduct of, preliminary literature review. Learning how to conduct a literature review/ systemic literature review based on a WIP title and research questions.

This will be supported by programmed 2 x 2 day taught sessions.

Production and submission of literature review and the trial conceptual framework for the study – 4000 words (this will inform but not be directly part of the ongoing 55,000 word thesis).

This work will be submitted on Blackboard, marked and successful completion of this assignment is a requirement for progression to the completion of the thesis phase/overall programme. Non-successful completion will mean the student will be unable to progress to the final thesis stage. Progression of the student through the assignment will be transposed, updated and recorded on My Research. 


MODULE 2

Year 1/ Assignment 2 (Dec - March) – Challenging assumptions underpinning practice - Research Paradigms and Philosophies

Development of an understanding of research paradigms, epistemology, ontology, axiology and the development of a conceptual framework.

This will be supported by programmed 2 x 2 day taught sessions.

Production and submission of a trial conceptual framework for the study 4000 words in length (this will inform but not be directly part of the ongoing 55,000 word thesis).

This work will be submitted to Blackboard, marked and successful completion of this assignment is a requirement for completion of the overall programme. Non-successful completion will mean the student will be unable to progress to the final thesis stage. Progression of the student through the assignment will be transposed, updated and recorded on My Research.


MODULE 3

Year 1 (March - June) - Development of the Research Design – Preparation for Field Work/ Pilot Study

The student will combine the learning from the Assignment 1 and 2 and begin to develop and consolidate, in assignment 3, an overall research design. In this phase there will be 2 x two-day workshops to outline research design. 

During this module the student will also continue to deepen and develop the chosen literature area(s)/methodologies related to his/her identified working research question(s). 

In this phase, ethical approvals and field work will also be prepared and be undertaken.

Assignment 3 - The research design for the pilot study/thesis (4000 words).

Preparation and presentation of a pilot study. The research design will be presented by first year/ completing students at the flagship residential event in June (please see below).

This work will be submitted to Blackboard, marked and successful completion of this assignment is a requirement for completion of the overall programme. Non-successful completion will mean the student will be unable to progress to the final thesis stage. Progression of the student through the assignment will be transposed, updated and recorded on My Research.

Successful completion of this assignment is a requirement for completion of the overall programme. Non-successful completion will mean the student will be unable to progress to the final thesis stage.

Allocation of Supervisors

Supervisory teams will begin to be assigned during the March-June phase but it should be anticipated that this may be a time-intensive activity involving negotiation. The allocation of supervisory teams - 2 members of staff per student: 1 main supervisor/director of studies and a secondary supervisor – will usually be allocated at the end of year 1 when the topics have been successfully developed by the student, are clearer and allocation is therefore more readily facilitated. 

End Year 1 Residential (June or to coincide with the BAL Milestone Day)

In June there will be a 2-3 day residential for students on the DBA programme. This is likely to be held on the DMU campus. It will comprise, for example:

  • Guest speaker/lecturer presentations
  • An opportunity for students to present, discuss and receive feedback on their developing work - poster presentation as part of the 3rd module assessment.
  • Business/organizational visits linked to conducting research methodology


The Milestone Day constitutes the Formal Review and the transfer to the doctoral thesis phase of the work. For those part-time students who have not successfully completed the three assignments in year one and are not, therefore, ready to undertake the Milestone Day, there will be an opportunity to complete this at the Milestone event in the following year. Full-time students must successfully undertake the Milestone Day at the end of year 1.

Year 2 (Sept - Dec) – Operation of the Pilot Study and Development of Thesis

(However, for those students who have not yet successfully completed the three assignments and the Milestone Day – theses students will need to undertake the outstanding assignments).

Pilot Study

Conduct the Pilot study and monitor and analyse and initial write up results. The pilot study will provide the student with an opportunity to draw together the learning from assignment 1, 2 and 3 in conjunction with the Research Log, Action-Learning Groups, Presentation and Residential. 

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Researcher Development Programme

Throughout the course of the programme, students will have the possibility of undertaking modules from the extensive suite of available modules provided by the Graduate School Office/Doctoral College. This facility will provide a diverse range of opportunities for students to complement and supplement their learning. If students wish to take these modules they will be supported in contacted the appropriate contact points and accessing them. The modules are in addition to the validated programme and not part of it. They are undertaken entirely on the volition of the student but the course team will support and advise students in concert with colleagues from wider areas


Year 3 to Year 4 (Full-time) and Year 3 to Year 6 (Part-time) – Ongoing Field Work, Analysis of Findings and Writing up of Thesis Document

During this phase the student will conduct analysis on the findings and continue to develop the thesis document, building on the literature review and the research methodology sections, to generate the findings, discussion and conclusions sections of the work together with a list of references and sources. In this phase there will be no formal taught sessions and tutoring will take place through mutually arranged one-to-one sessions with the supervisory team or members thereof as appropriate. 

 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is delivered through a mix of block sessions /formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions, supervisory sessions and e-learning platforms. A number of modules use in-course situations to encourage deeper learning and develop on-the-job skills of future managers and entrepreneurs. Assessment is through a combination of individual assessments/presentations, logs, action learning sets and thesis preparation and defence. 

Teaching contact hours

Full-time and part-time will be structured as follows:

From the beginning of the programme students will also be obligated to keep and make entries in a Research Log which will operate on a yearly assessment basis throughout the duration of the programme (more is detailed below on the Log). This will be developed through independent study with periodic supervisory advice and support as required.

 

Establishment of, and Engagement in, Action-Learning Sets.

Action learning sets will be formed at the commencement of the programme. Action learning sets provide a well-established and acknowledged management development methodology which allows programme participants to exchange and learn in a structured manner. While these are essentially self-directed, these will be overseen at distance by supervisors/programme leader.

The first year of the programme will involve students undertaking three modules and these modules will be team taught 

OVERVIEW

Year 1: Framing the study (building on the research proposal) in order to connect professional business and academic research domains effectively.

MODULE 1

Year 1/ Assignment 1 (Sept - Dec) –  A structured review of research and leading professional practice literature

This will be supported by programmed 2 x 2 day taught sessions (32 hours direct contact/plus 100 hours indicative independent study)

 

MODULE 2

Year 1/ Assignment 2 (Dec - March) – Challenging assumptions underpinning practice - Research Paradigms and Philosophies

This will be supported by programmed 2 x 2 day taught sessions (32 hours direct contact/plus 100 hours indicative independent study)

 

MODULE 3

Year 1 (March - June) - Development of the Research Design – Preparation for Field Work/ Pilot Study

The student will combine the learning from the Assignment 1 and 2 and begin to develop and consolidate, in assignment 3, an overall research design. In this phase there will be 2 x two-day workshops (32 hours direct contact/plus 100 hours indicative independent study)

At the end of year one – both full-time students and part-time students will participate in two inter-linked events: the DBA residential (2-3 days) and also the BAL Faculty Milestone Day. 

Year 2 (Sept - Dec) – Operation of the Pilot Study and Development of Thesis

(However, for those students who have not yet successfully completed the three assignments and the Milestone Day – theses students will need to undertake the outstanding assignments).

Year 3 to Year 4 (Full-time) and Year 3 to Year 6 (Part-time) – Ongoing Field Work, Analysis of Findings and Writing up of Thesis Document

During this phase the student will conduct analysis on the findings and continue to develop the thesis document, building on the literature review and the research methodology sections, to generate the findings, discussion and conclusions sections of the work together with a list of references and sources. In this phase there will be no formal taught sessions and tutoring will take place through mutually arranged one-to-one sessions (approximately 10 x 1 hour meetings/per year) with the supervisory team or members thereof as appropriate. 

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will be taught in our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building.

Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.

 

Library services

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

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Enhance your existing qualifications and career prospects with a specialist focus on management in an international context. You will benefit from access to DMU’s established Careers and Employability Team, who offer employability sessions and workshops, with personalised support via a careers coach to advise you on your options and to help develop your plans

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