Program Structure

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The DBA is a four-year part-time program organised with years 'one and two covering taught and mediated modules, and with years ‘'three and four' mainly focusing on a participant's individual 'management research' activities. The first two years are spent undertaking six modules in preparation for carrying out field research and producing an individual DBA thesis of approximately 50,000 words in length. Participants are required to be successful in all directed modules in order to progress to the thesis stage of the program. The first two year’s require attendance at two 6 x Day program blocks for each of the two years (24 days in total). These will be tutor-directed seminars or workshop-based tuition sessions that will involve tutor and participant led discussion and activities (for example, guest speakers). In the research methods modules use will be made of appropriate software laboratories. Participants are expected to read and prepare materials in advance of all sessions. In addition independent learning time will be spent in wider reading, drafting assignments and revising assignments after formative feedback. Personal feedback is provided either orally (in a tutorial) or written (by email or annotations).

A series of early induction events and presentations are organized for assisting participants in maximizing from the onset available University resources. From the beginning all participants are allocated a Mentor. In addition, tutors will be available at each stage to support students in their assignment-based studies. During years 3 and 4 attendance is mainly by face-to-face meetings with one’s thesis supervisors (usually two University appointed members). Finally, there are two 1xday blocks arranged each year during years 3 and 4 to present your research and to discuss progress and any issues with your DBA peers and University staff.

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Year Four

Module 1
30 L8 Credits
Contemporary Issues and Challenges in Management Practice & Theory #1

Module 3
30 L8 Credits
Contemporary Issues and Challenges in Management Practice & Theory #2

Module 7
30 L8 Credits
Reflective  Practice-into-Theory
Portfolio #2
(Over Years 3 & 4)

Module 7
30 L8 Credits
Reflective Practice-into-Theory
Portfolio #2
(Over Years 3 & 4)

Module 4
30 L8 Credits
Research Methods and Analysis

Module 2
30 L8 Credits
Research Design in Management & Organizational Settings

Module 8
300 L8 Credits
Thesis
(Over Years 3 & 4)

Module 8
300 L8 Credits
Thesis
(Over Years 3 & 4)

Module 5
60 L8 Credits
Developing an Effective Literature Review
(Over Years 1 & 2)

Module 5
60 L8 Credits
Developing an Effective Literature Review
(Over Years 1 & 2)

 

 

Module 6
30 L8 Credits
Reflective Practice-into-Theory Portfolio #1
(Over Years 1 & 2)

Module 6
30 L8 Credits
Reflective Practice-into-Theory Portfolio #1
(Over Years 1 & 2)

 

 

 





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