DBA - Doctorate in Business Administration
Our Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), with equivalent academic standing as a PhD, has a strong and committed focus on managerial and professional practice and seeks to link the rigorous study of work-based problems and issues to personal and professional development.
Our DBA demands commitment, energy and hard work. In return you will be provided with a stimulating and life-enhancing development experience with the award of an increasingly valued and valuable qualification.
This course will provide you with:
- a differentiated approach to continuous personal and professional development
- the opportunity to really engage with managerial and professional practices
- a stimulating learning environment, challenging traditional management understanding
- a supportive research community.
The DBA encourages you to challenge currently assumed knowledge and understanding of management. We support individuals' commitment to finding new, innovative and personal responses to organisational and managerial challenges.
We provide a supportive learning environment which includes face to face seminars as well as access to electronic portal technologies, encouraging networking between peers, academics, and guest speakers.
Joint supervision with the University of Chinese Academy of Science
In addition to the UK, Nottingham Business School also works with the University of Chinese Academy of Science (UCAS) on joint supervision of the DBA. Studying under this arrangement will allow you access to experts with local contextual knowledge and subject knowledge. You are also able to attend other DBA research support activities in China.
The taught element of the DBA focuses on supporting research design and application through examining current methodological questions and debates. This element is provided by the School's leading Professors and Researchers. By way of support for your research, you will be assigned two supervisors who provide specialist subject knowledge and expertise in designing and conducting management research.
Study and support
The course delivery has been designed to meet the needs of participants in demanding jobs. A series of five modules delivered in short study blocks, three of which last for two days and two for four days, represent the taught element over the first two years of the course. Both four-day modules are delivered as a pair of two-day study blocks.
- Introduction to the DBA and Project Proposal
- Critical Review and Conceptual Development
- Research Methodology and Non-Survey Based Research
- Survey-Based and Statistical Research
- Thesis and Critical Reflection
Contact with your two supervisors is negotiated for mutual convenience to ensure that you are fully supported in your studies.
You will submit six pieces of work (documents) for assessment during the three or four years of the course. The six documents all focus on a common Management theme or issue. The documents are as follows:
- definition and mapping of research issues and a research plan
- critical literature review and conceptual frameworks
- report on a piece of survey based research
- report on a piece of field research (ethnographic/interpretative)
- a thesis
- a reflective journal.
Which building will the course be taught in?
DBA participants on the UK programme are taught in Nottingham Conference Centre at Nottingham Trent University’s prestigious Newton Building in the city centre. With easy access, the versatile boardroom-style spaces for DBA workshops has comfortable executive-level seating and new presentation technologies. Wireless access is freely available throughout the conference centre. There are beverage hubs where cups of bean-cup coffee or breakfast tea are provided throughout the day, together with supplies of fresh fruit. Lunch is provided, together with pastries and cakes at breaks.
How many places are available?
Our programmes usually recruit around 15 to 20 members each cohort and places are usually available.
- MPhil, MBA or Masters-level degree in Business, Management or Organisation Studies
- experience in a post that includes the practice or observation of managerial responsibilities
- the ability to conduct research and write a thesis at doctoral level.
Prospective candidates not meeting any of the above criteria should contact the Course Leader to discuss the possible relevance of alternative qualifications.
* Is a research based programme. Students identify a work or industry based research project which they undertake over the duration of the programme.
* Is a professional doctorate that has the dual aims of making a contribution to both knowledge and practice.
* Is a research project broken up into sequential chunks. Each chunk, or document, is assessed when completed so that students receive frequent summative feedback.
* Requires students working on document 3 to look at an aspect of their project using qualitative research and document 4 requires them to look at an aspect of their project using quantitative research. This is to ensure that they have a broad competence in management research. For document 5 students can make their own choice of research methods to answer the remaining research question of their project.
* Makes considerable use of learning sets as a form of peer support.
* Provides research methods workshops at appropriate points in the programme to develop the capabilities needed at each stage of the project.
* Provides each student with two supervisors to guide them in their research.
* The first four assessed documents are assessed by the students’ supervisors, the final two documents are assessed by independent internal and external assessors in a viva voce examination.
* Allows students, as a right, to have a fourth year, if necessary, to complete their DBA.
- No. of Participants 15
- Average Age 39.9
- Average Years of Work Experience 15.3
- Percentage of Female Participants 36%
- Percentage of Participants with Master's Degree or Above 100%
"I have thoroughly enjoyed thinking about methodologies and the different angles to re-investigate current issues. This helps to pull me out of the current fire-fighting approach that we tried every day, re-look at the issues that we are facing, and approach them more holistically, with a broader view and deeper thought."Anna Zheng