DBA and PhD programme structure
The programme consists of two stages, the course stage and the research stage. Complete these and you will be among the very best practitioners of research-based business solutions in the world. The course stage has been designed to equip you with the knowledge and expertise needed to develop the topic of your thesis and your understanding of the research process.
The research stage consists of two phases, the mentored phase and the supervised phase; on completion of these, you will submit your final thesis for examination which takes place in the form of an oral defence.
Demonstrate the knowledge and expertise required to underpin the subject of your thesis.
You first complete the three courses titled Introduction to Business Research 1, 2 and 3. These will help you understand the research process. Each course is assessed by a written examination. Pass these and you will go on to discuss your research interests with our senior mentor and develop an outline of your proposed area of research.
The senior mentor will then consider all your prior qualifications and experience in the proposed research area to decide which, if any, additional courses are required. If necessary, you must successfully complete these additional subject courses, each of which requires around 200 hours of study, before progressing to the research stage. The majority of students are not required to take additional courses as they tend to research an area they have qualifications and/or experience in.
The mentored phase: Define an appropriate subject for your thesis.
Working in co-operation with your mentor, you will spend around six months developing your research proposal. Your mentor will be a senior academic with experience facilitating the progression of DBA students through the mentored stage but not necessarily an expert in the subject of the proposed final thesis.
The research proposal must be submitted to the Research Committee for approval. Once accepted, you will be allocated a supervisor whose expertise lies within your proposed area of research.
The supervised phase:
Conduct a literature search, then write and defend your thesis.
Working under the direction of your supervisor, you will conduct a literature review that supports your research and methodology. You will then carry out your research and write your thesis.
Your supervisor will be a senior academic with specific knowledge of your chosen area of research. You will have approximately six hours of contact time with the supervisor every month; electronic communication takes place on a secure web board within your Student Portal and is supplemented by telephone/Skype conversations.
Each stage of your research must be developed to a level acceptable to the Research Committee.
On completion, your thesis is submitted for examination, which takes the form of an oral 'defence'. The examination will be conducted in person or by live video link.