Course Summary

Course Description

The course is designed to enable practitioners who already have a postgraduate degree to extend their own learning and make a contribution to the body of knowledge of their practice area; the course includes some core taught introductory modules in the 1st year; these are designed to equip individual participants, working alongside an academic supervisor, to undertake the applied research required in the remainder of the course; it is concerned with researching managerial issues through critical review and systematic application of appropriate theories and research to professional practice; this can be contrasted to a PhD that emphasises the development of new knowledge and theoretical perspectives; a similar standard of intellectual rigour is expected for each.

An initial assessed taught element that is modular and credit-based; by the end of this stage, participants have designed their own programme of study and developed a learning agreement; this guides the individual in the research stage of the award; guided by an academic supervisor and work based mentor, each participants conduct some original research; this can be 1 significant piece of work or up to 3 smaller pieces; the emphasis is on applying knowledge within the work environment; this phase normally takes 2 years; applicants may undertake research in any aspect of the work of the Faculty including: Accounting and finance; corporate governance and ethics; information systems; economics; information and library management; languages; law; and management (including human resource management, marketing and strategy); application of any of these subjects (or a combination of them) may be undertaken in either a public or private sector context.

Additional Entry Requirements:
The course is of interest to managers who have recently completed taught postgraduate degrees and want to extend the research they undertook at the dissertation stage; lecturers in HE or FE wanting to undertake research in a structured environment find the DBA experience ideal; applicants must have a Master's degree in an area related to their subject interest; they must also be in a position to undertake significant research in a work based environment; all applicants must submit an initial proposal and are asked to attend for interview.
Further information:
The course is of interest to managers who have recently completed taught postgraduate degrees and want to extend the research they undertook at the dissertation stage; lecturers in HE or FE wanting to undertake research in a structured environment find the DBA experience ideal; applicants must have a Master's degree in an area related to their subject interest; they must also be in a position to undertake significant research in a work based environment; all applicants must submit an initial proposal and are asked to attend for interview.

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