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Our rigorous professional doctorate programme gives you the opportunity and resources to explore key issues you and your organisation face – and to take the lead on developing solutions, innovations and improvements. You can choose to study part-time, while continuing to work.

Here at Lord Ashcroft International Business School, industry professionals, academic specialists and students collaborate on research and teaching programmes.

The knowledge we generate furthers academic understanding, while providing real value to our industry partners. It’s very much in this spirit that we've created our Professional Doctorate in Business and Management.

During stage one of the programme, you’ll refine your research proposals and skills during a series of weekend workshops, while researching and writing academic papers as the basis for your portfolio. Moving on to stage two, you’ll research and develop your dissertation, with extensive support from our experienced academic staff and practitioners in the field.

Our strong links with industry provide excellent opportunities for research studies, and if you choose to study part-time while working, you can use your own workplace as the focus for your dissertation.

Supervision and support

We can accommodate most research proposals in business, management or interdisciplinary subjects, so please feel free to get in touch to discuss your ideas. Here’s an overview of our main specialisms.

- Economic paradigms, models and methodologies
- International trade and foreign direct investment
- Entrepreneurship and SME internationalisation
- Innovation, knowledge and information economies
- Global people management
- Organisational change management
- Public service change management
- Leadership
- Sustainable tourism

You’ll have use of our campus libraries with online databases containing all the main business and management journals, plus our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) through which you can access study resources and help.

Your faculty

The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 6,000 students from more than 100 countries.

Our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford, as well as new buildings in Cambridge, offer the most advanced learning technologies. We’re well-recognised for our centres of excellence by students, employers and professional bodies alike.

What makes us stand out is that our courses don't just give you sound academic knowledge – they’re at the cutting edge of current business practice and highly relevant to employers. This is owing to the close links we have with the business community and the partnerships we've developed with a wide variety of businesses and public service organisations.

We're interested in people who are confident, ambitious and ready to take the challenge of making a difference in the world of business. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you.


Where can I study?

Chelmsford - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/chelmsford-campus
Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

Cambridge - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/cambridge-campus
Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

Visit the Professional Doctorate in Business and Management DBA page on the Anglia Ruskin University website for more details!






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