Doctor of

Business Administration

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate research
  • Study mode(s): Part-time (day)
  • Location: City site
  • Starting: September 2016
  • Course duration: 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

Our Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is designed to improve your business and managerial practice through the development of your personal, intellectual and academic abilities, via a research-based project. It has a strong and committed focus on managerial and professional practice, and seeks to link the rigorous study of work-based problems and issues to personal and professional development, thereby ensuring transfer of learning into organisational and managerial practice.

Our DBA demands commitment, energy and hard work. In return you will be provided with a stimulating and life-enhancing development experience with the award of an increasingly valued qualification.

The DBA aims:

  • Explore the relationship between theory and practice, between understanding the world and changing it
  • Develop your judgement, foresight, and problem analysis by applying theoretical and forensic skills to the research material derived from their investigations
  • Develop you as a reflective practitioner who has the intellectual and personal adaptability to be able to deal with organisational change and ambiguity
  • Develop communication skills which will enable you to communicate effectively with both academic and managerial and business communities, and to act as interpreters between the two
  • Help you design and implement a research project at the boundaries of knowledge in your professional and managerial fields.

Why study for the DBA at Nottingham Business School?

The Doctorate of Business Administration is a research-based qualification and has the same academic standing as a PhD. As a student you can therefore expect a challenging, stretching, and demanding experience conducted in a stimulating atmosphere of intellectual and academic debate.

Our DBA aims to have a wider impact and real-world influence, enabling you to make an important contribution to society, culture and business.

Practical perspective

Established approaches to advanced study through independent research are traditionally focused on academic training. Nottingham Business School’s DBA focuses on meeting the professional and personal needs of those working in demanding managerial roles.

Challenging traditional management understanding

The DBA will encourage you to challenge currently assumed knowledge and understanding of management. We support individuals’ commitment to finding new, innovative and personal responses to their organisational and managerial roles.

What you'll study

Course content

The taught element of the DBA focuses on supporting research design and application through examining current methodological questions and debates. This element is provided by the School's leading professors and researchers. By way of support for your research, you will be assigned two supervisors who provide specialist subject knowledge and expertise in designing and conducting management research.

  • Modules

    • Introduction to the DBA and Project Proposal
    • Critical Literature Review and Conceptual Development
    • Introduction to Research Methodology
    • Reflection, Impact, Academic Writing, Submission and the Viva Voce.
  • Assessments

    The award of the DBA will be on the basis of successful completion of the four pieces of assessed work:

    • Document 1: Introduction to the DBA and Project Scoping
    • Document 2: Induction to the Literature Review and Conceptual Development
    • Document 3: Introduction to Research Methodology
    • Document 4: The Thesis.

    Nottingham Business School recognises that some individuals may not complete the final thesis of 50,000-60,000 words. Should students exit the course before the thesis phase of the programme, there is the possibility to earn a postgraduate certificate in Research Methodology. Students who reach the viva stage but who do not achieve a DBA, may be awarded a Masters of Philosophy (MPhil).

    Examination of your thesis will involve a viva voce and an external assessor with expertise in the subject or topic area of the thesis.

    You will submit a number of documents for assessment during the four years of the course. The documents all focus on a common management theme or issue.

Testimonial

"I have thoroughly enjoyed thinking about methodologies and the different angles to re-investigate current issues. This helps to pull me out of the current firefighting approach that we tried every day, re-look at the issues that we are facing, and approach them more holistically, with a broader view and deeper thought."

Anna L. Q. Zheng, China DBA programme

How you’re taught

Study and support

The course delivery has been designed to meet the needs of participants in demanding jobs. A series of four modules with six workshops, represents the taught element over the first three years of the course.


Which building will the course be taught in?

DBA participants on the UK programme are taught in the Nottingham Conference Centre at Nottingham Trent University’s prestigious Newton building in the city centre. With easy access, the versatile boardroom-style spaces for DBA workshops have comfortable executive-level seating and new presentation technologies. Wireless access is freely available throughout the conference centre. There are beverage hubs where cups of bean-cup coffee or breakfast tea are provided throughout the day, together with supplies of fresh fruit. Lunch is provided, together with pastries and cakes at breaks.

Academic guidance

The academics that teach on this course include:

Professor Helen Shipton – Head of Doctorate Programmes
Dr Carley Foster – DBA Programme Leader
Dr Sue Kirk – DBA Programme Leader
Dr Konstantina Kougiannou - DBA Programme Leader

How many places are available?

Our programmes usually recruit around 15 to 20 members each cohort and places are usually available.

Careers and employability

While this course does not offer placements, the DBA has a strong focus on managerial and professional practice.

DBA tailored to corporate organisations

Our DBA is a prime example of how we enable individuals to achieve respected qualifications while undertaking research that's focused on, and beneficial to, their organisations and sectors. The course has been established since 1998, but in 2007 we launched the first cohort purely recruited from China. Students are taught in Nottingham while carrying out research in their organisations in China, which include major brands like Nike, Intel and Motorola.

Entry requirements

  • You will need an MPhil, MBA or Masters-level degree in Business, Management or Organisation Studies.

Further entry requirements:

  • significant experience in a senior management post
  • the ability to conduct research and write a thesis at doctoral level.

Those without a Masters qualification but with significant work experience and evidence can undergo a process of Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning.

Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and / or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Getting in touch If you need any more help or information, please email or call on +44 (0)115 848 8088

  • You will need an MPhil, MBA or Masters-level degree in Business, Management or Organisation Studies.
  • significant experience in a senior management post
  • the ability to conduct research and write a thesis at doctoral level.
  • There are English language requirements for International and EU students.

Those without a Masters qualification but with significant work experience and evidence can undergo a process of Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning.

English language requirements

English language entry requirements for courses at Nottingham Business School and a full list of all English language qualifications accepted by the University are available on our website.

How to apply

All applicants are required to complete a Nottingham Trent University application form, submit copies of their qualifications and provide two confidential references.

Please email Gradschool for further information and an application form.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

All applicants are required to complete a Nottingham Trent University application form, submit copies of their qualifications and provide two confidential references.

Please email Gradschool for further information and an application form.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

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