Doctorate of Business Administration (Part Time) - DBA

Attendance:
Part Time
Starting:
February 2017, September 2017
Campus:
Fees:
£7,125 per year for UK/EU Part Time 2017 entry (view all fees)
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Our Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) course is intended to assist business career professionals who wish to enhance, contribute to and transform practice. 

You will be taught in a block release style, which allows you to focus on one element of the course at a time. Our DBA will ensure that you:

  • Focus on organisational challenges in a new way
  • Enhance professional capabilities and credibility
  • Contribute to practice through action research
  • Enhance awareness of strategic issues
  • Maintain your career while earning your doctorate

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What's covered in the course?

The DBA (in contrast to a traditional academic PhD) is designed to help you apply research-based thinking to business ideas and workplace problems, on a global scale, whilst deepening and broadening your understanding of professional practice.

You will also develop essential research skills which will enable you to play a leading role in strategic organisational development, policy formation and evaluation at a strategic level.

The course combines workshops, research based activities and a substantial research enquiry thesis to:

  • Empower you to improve your own personal practice as a professional
  • Employ new learning in change management and organisational development
  • Extend the range of ideas and skills to deliver change within your own or participating organisation
  • Enjoy considerable personal development, so that you achieve a greater level of effectiveness as a professional
  • Encourage critical engagement with consultancy and research processes.
  • Enables you to join a global research community.

This course is open to International students

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Big decision

We appreciate the prospect of studying on a DBA programme is a very big decision. If you would like an informal chat at an early stage in the process (prior to or after) going through the course text supplied) please contact Dr Martin Eley by email: martin.eley@bcu.ac.uk or by phone: +44 (0)121 331 5218.

Entry Requirements

UK students
Essential

To join the DBA programme, you must have completed an MA, MSc or MBA degree in a particular area of business-related professional practice, and also have relevant experience in a professional capacity.

Alternatively, you must have at least five years related professional practice experience, as well as being employed in the professional capacity that you propose to study.

You must have the formal agreement and active co-operation of the organisation where the DBA studies are to take place.

Please note, the course is only offered as a part-time programme.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
DBA Feb 2017 PT 4 years £7,125 per year
Sep 2017 PT 4 years TBC

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
DBA Feb 2017 PT 4 years £11,500 per year
Sep 2017 PT 4 years TBC

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

How to apply - further information

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.

Applicants for a DBA research degree are encouraged to submit a research proposal via the online application form with anoutline DBA proposal(guidelines for preparing the proposal are available here). If the Business School is able to identify an appropriate supervisory team you will be invited to attend a formal interview. If you require any assistance with the proposal, please contact Dr. Martin Eley, Associate Professor: martin.eley@bcu.ac.uk   

Following a satisfactory interview and subject to meeting other university entrance requirements, you will be invited to enrol on the programme. Once you have enrolled you will be required to formally register your DBA proposal with the University Research Degrees Committee. You will be guided in this process by your supervisory team and by participating in the taught elements of the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice and the Professional Practice elements of the course.

 

This course is available part-time

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Stage One

Research Methods

The research methods and skills will provide you with an ability to select and develop appropriate research methods and key concepts of practice required to successfully complete your Doctorate and develop you as a research professional. 

Research Skills (Literature Review)

The literature review will help you develop an understanding and critically analyse the background research by selecting the source of information that is necessary to develop a context for your research. It will also help reveal the contribution that your investigation makes to this field. 

Initial Proposal

This proposal is developed from the knowledge acquired from the research methods and literature review. 

Stage Two

Work Based Quantitative Project

The quantitative methods will be used to improve your systems and processes based on solving an existing problem or issue. Quantitative research uses empirically observed data, mathematical models or theories to interpret the data. 

Work based Qualitative Project

The qualitative methods will develop your systems and processes based on solving an existing problem or issue. 

Advanced Professional Proposal

The advanced professional proposal reference the most important and most recent work related to the research (i.e. a brief review of relevant literature), demonstrating your understanding of the research issues, and identify existing gaps in the literature (i.e. both theoretical and practical) that the research intend to address. The proposal also identifies the information necessary to conduct the research, for example, possible research designs or data analysis techniques that could generate the information. 

Stage Three

Final Research Project

This stage provide you develop your organisational issue/problem using extant knowledge and critical reflection on learning through implementation of solutions. 

Course Structure

Each DBA research degree student is supported by supervisors assigned to the particular area of study. Supervisors will be experts in the subject area, with a mutual interest in the particular study. They will be active researchers themselves with a wealth of experience in supervising postgraduate research.

The structure consists of six ‘taught’ elements and a thesis which intends to develop your expertise in the use of research in order to explore professional practice. Stage one and Stage two are taught in a block release fashion, whereas Stage three is to be done in your own time with support and supervision. 

Stage one

Research Methods

The research methods and skills will provide you with an ability to select and develop appropriate research methods and key concepts of practice required to successfully complete your Doctorate and develop you as a research professional.

Research Skills (Literature Review)

The literature review will help you develop an understanding and critically analyse the background research by selecting the source of information that is necessary to develop a context for your research. It will also help reveal the contribution that your investigation makes to this field.

Initial proposal

This proposal is developed from the knowledge acquired from the research methods and literature review 

Stage two

This stage helps the with building towards the final project/thesis

Work based quantitative project

The quantitative methods will be used to improve your systems and processes based on solving an existing problem or issue. Quantitative research uses empirically observed data, mathematical models or theories to interpret the data.

Work based Qualitative project

The qualitative methods will develop your systems and processes based on solving an existing problem or issue

Advanced Professional Proposal

The advanced professional proposal reference the most important and most recent work related to the research (i.e. a brief review of relevant literature), demonstrating your understanding of the research issues, and identify existing gaps in the literature (i.e. both theoretical and practical) that the research intend to address.

The proposal also identifies the information necessary to conduct the research, for example, possible research designs or data analysis techniques that could generate the information. 

Stage three

Final Research Project

This stage provide you develop your organisational issue/problem using extant knowledge and critical reflection on learning through implementation of solutions 

Big decision

We appreciate the prospect of studying on a DBA programme is a very big decision. If you would like an informal chat at an early stage in the process (prior to or after) going through the course text supplied) please contact Dr Martin Eley by email: martin.eley@bcu.ac.uk or by phone: +44 (0)121 331 5218.

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Unlike undergraduate degrees, which are designed to get students into industry, our DBA degree is aimed at existing industry professionals looking to climb further up the career ladder.

Companies around the world are now looking for a different kind of manager. They need people with different skillsets that can look at situations and opportunities in
unique ways. Our DBA degree will give you the tools to stand out from the rest.

Upon completion, you will be able to effect positive change, both in your own professional practice, and within your organisation. On a personal level, you’ll be able to utilise new skills and methods to improve your efficiency, your critical engagement, and your ability to instigate change.

Successful improvements in your personal professional practice will then benefit your organisation. The DBA degree alone can open doors, but the possibilities opened to you by utilising your skills to improve your organisation are even more impressive.

Already a managing director, in charge of your own company? The DBA degree can still benefit you internally and externally. The knowledge and skills you will pick up over the course of your degree can allow you to become an industry leader, growing your company’s reputation through innovation. The accompanying benefits of this could help cement your company’s industry position for years to come.

If you want to learn more about how an DBA degree from Birmingham City Business School could help improve your career prospects, contact Martin Eley

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OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

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Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

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Dr Martin Eley

Associate Professor

Martin’s previous roles include Director of Marketing for Zurich International Solutions Europe and Director of Investment Business for Centrica, Financial Services (British Gas, Goldfish and AA). He has delivered consultancy across multiple sectors where clients have included Aviva Investors (Global), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Ford Europe and many more.

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Dr Jessey Pswarayi

Senior Lecturer

Dr Jessey Pswarayi is a Senior Lecturer with Birmingham City University specialising in Business Management, Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour, which includes Diversity Management, Managing People and Organisations, and most HRM processes.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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