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Doctorate Business Administration

Course Description

The Doctorate in Business Administration offers a programme of in-depth study and personal scholarship. Studying the DBA provides you and your organisation with leading edge development in management thinking. It enables you to develop and then apply the latest business and management theories to your own working environment.

The DBA allows you to make a difference to the way that management and professional practice is developed in your specialist area such as:
-Organisation and management.
-Facilities and property management.
-Tourism, hospitality, events and food management.
-Public sector management.
-Strategy and change.
-Organisational behaviour.

It is for those who want the opportunity to become a recognised contributor to management thinking and advanced professional practice. Grounded in evidence-based research and a full doctoral thesis, equivalent in status to the PhD, this is the highest achievable qualification in higher education.

The DBA enables managers and senior professionals to pursue their academic, personal and career development goals. It builds on your existing academic, business and managerial experience, enhancing your professional credibility and differentiating you from your peers.

Completing the programme enables you to:
-Make a contribution to the theory and practice of management in your profession.
-Be capable of rigorous business and management research.
-Be able to consider management and professional problems from many perspectives.
-Be able to assess your own insights and impact as a manager.
-Continue to build on your learning through working as a reflective practitioner.

The course attracts UK and international students, with previous and current students from: Thailand; Cyprus; Nigeria; Gabon; West Indies; Iran; Egypt; Holland.

Small study groups facilitate intensive study, networking with senior managers from diverse backgrounds, and sharing ideas and experience within a stimulating and supportive environment.

Our approach to teaching, learning and assessment gives you the freedom to develop your own ideas and interests, and to tailor the programme to your own requirements.

Our package of support includes:
-A comprehensive induction programme.
-One to one support from experienced personal tutors, supervisors and administrators.
-A complementary studies programme comprising four modules.
-Study workshops.
-Online access to our e-learning environment.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/doctorate-business-administration

Course structure

One intake per year in February. During the first 2 years you take complementary studies – a series of three 5-day study blocks in each year. In the thesis stage you attend regular meetings with your supervisors.

Year One
-Philosophies of research in business and management
-Leadership, management and organisation theory

Year Two
-Research design in business and management (research design and execution)
-Contemporary issues in organisation and management

Phase Two
Fieldwork and thesis

Your progress over phase one is measured by continuous assessment and your detailed research proposal. You do two assignments each year in years one and two. You also attend an annual SBS Doctoral Conference.The unique contribution of your research taken in phase two is evaluated through your thesis. We also assess your research through your thesis.

Other admission requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must show evidence of:
-ELTS 7.0 overall with no element under 6.5.
-TOEFL iBT test with an overall score of 100 with a minimum of 23 in listening, 23 in reading, 26 in writing and 22 in speaking.

Exceptionally, we may consider applicants without a masters degree who:
-Have a good first degree in an appropriate discipline.
-Have at least three years’ management or professional experience that reflects the research interests of Sheffield Business School.
-Can demonstrate continued development/education since graduation.

You also need to talk to the course or programme leader to ensure that:
-You meet the admissions criteria.
-You have the potential ability to complete the course successfully within four years.
-You can demonstrate intellectual curiosity, a capacity for critical analysis of issues, and the ability to abstract and formulate underlying principles in a systematic way.
-Your proposed area of research is appropriate to the programme.

Visit the Doctorate Business Administration page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally you should: have an MBA, or masters qualification in a relevant area; be pursuing, or have pursued, a significant career in professional or business areas that fall within the research interests of Sheffield Business School; display evidence of your potential to develop work of doctoral standard. See course description for further admission details.

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