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Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)


Course Description

The Bradford DBA is the pinnacle of management education. This doctoral degree is as academically rigorous as a PhD but is designed for senior, experienced professional managers – average age 42 (with a range between 31 and 68) – and is highly applicable within your specific sector and career.

For MBA (or equivalent) graduates looking for the next challenge in your career, the Bradford DBA provides an unprecedented fast-track to the status of global expert in your chosen field.

You will make a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge in your area of expertise while studying part time and remaining at work, which will act as a powerful asset to you, your company and your industry.

This will open up a new realm of personal development and career opportunities including teaching at international business schools, high level consultancy and board level roles.

Your fellow DBA students are an elite group of about 25 international managers, which you will meet, network and share ideas at several taught sessions in year one and two and during your research phase via regular peer review workshops in different locations. As a DBA student at Bradford University School of Management, you become part of our international alumni network of business people. Current and recent DBA students work for companies like Shell International, Siemens, Bayer, ING Group and Phillips International.

The part time programme is designed to fit into your busy schedule whilst ensuring that you have the support and guidance needed to help you translate your knowledge into proper academic thinking and writing. The schedule of modules and workshops is agreed well in advance and details of dates for 2013/14 are available on request.

Our DBA supervisors bring a high level of support, as well as a high level of academic achievement, to your studies. Unlike many DBA programmes, all our supervisors are experienced in doctoral research supervision. Our other staff are also always available to help answer questions and give advice.

The Bradford DBA provides a unique part-time structure of rigorous, concentrated study, ongoing research practice and continual, practical assessment. The course combines distance learning with the advantages of face-to-face study. Participants make scheduled visits to Bradford and/or Germany each year for modules, peer review workshops and discussions with supervisors.

You will attend compulsory residential workshops spread throughout the year in years one and two. From year three onward you will attend a minimum of two, two-day Peer Review Workshops each year. They give you the chance to test your ideas with fellow participants and share ideas with others. The workshops also keep DBA students motivated, and contribute to our having fewer students fail to complete than most DBA programmes.

Twice a year you are assessed through our Monitoring Progress System, in which you report in to the DBA Review Team. This ensures that you are up to speed with your research and writing.


Please visit the following website for information on Scholarships: http://www.bradford.ac.uk/management/programmes/research-degrees/dba-scholarships/

Entry Requirements

Please refer to the following website: http://www.bradford.ac.uk/management/programmes/research-degrees/dba-entry-requirements/

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