DBA (Doctor of Business Administration)

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Program Description

The Bradford Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) is the pinnacle of management education and was launched in 2001. This doctoral degree is as academically rigorous as a PhD but is designed for senior experienced professional managers.

It connects academic theories and concepts with business and management practices.

In the first phase of the programme, you’ll undertake advanced studies on management practice, critiquing existing theory and studying research methods under the guidance of leading academics and practitioners.

The second phase involves conducting empirical research and writing a dissertation under the guidance of two experienced research supervisors.

The Bradford DBA offers a range of personal development and career opportunities, and some of our students to publish in leading academic and practitioner journals. DBA students at the University of Bradford School of Management will become part of our international alumni network of business people. Current and recent DBA students work for companies such as Shell International, Siemens, Bayer, ING Group and Phillips International.

Professional accreditation

We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".

Rankings

The Bradford Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) is one of only 26 DBA programmes in the world and one of five in the UK to be listed by CEO Magazine, based on accreditation, quality of faculty, geography and international standing.

The University of Bradford is ranked 301-400 in the world for Business and Economics in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Entry requirements

We welcome all applications for the DBA programme, particularly from applicants whose interests complement the expertise of our Research Centres (Accounting, Finance and Economics; People, Organization and Entrepreneurship; Logistics, Supply Chain and Technology; International Business, Marketing and Branding).

For the DBA, you should have:

  • a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree from an accredited institution.
  • a minimum of five years’ relevant managerial work experience.
  • a research proposal.
  • two references (one academic, if possible).
  • a high level of fluency in English.

The research proposal

This is an important part of your application. Your research proposal will be used to assess the quality and originality of your research ideas, your critical thinking skills, grasp of relevant literature and the feasibility of the proposed research. It will also be used to identify suitable supervisors, so it is certainly worth devoting time and effort to it.

The research proposal should be between 1500 words and 2500 words. While we do not insist on a definite format, we do recommend you to follow the structure outlined below.

Title: the title should be a succinct summary of your proposed research.

Introduction: this section should provide a brief description of the subject area in which the research is to be located in, state your central research questions clearly and explain the reasons for proposed research convincingly.

Literature review: this section requires a short review of existing studies (particularly those published in research and practitioner periodicals). You need to explain how your research is being driven by the gaps in the existing literature and comment on how your research could be informed by the existing literature both theoretically and practically. A piece of good literature review should demonstrate how the proposed research is linked with previous studies, establish where its specific contributions could lie and show how the intended specific contributions could be materialised through drawing ideas and strengths from the existing research.

Research methodology: there are a variety of research methods. Therefore it is essential that this section provides a clear description of your choice of research methodology (i.e. quantitative or qualitative research) and explain why the chosen one is most suited to your research. This section should also include details of methods of data collection and data analysis and comment on the feasibility of data collection.

Contribution: it is important that DBA research influences and impacts upon both academic theories and concepts, and also business and organisational practices.

Reference: any studies cited in the proposal should be listed at the end of the document using the Harvard style of referencing.

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English language requirements

The programme is taught, supervised and examined in English, so you must be able to prove your fluency in the language if it is not your first language. If we need evidence of your proficiency in English, you will be required to achieve a minimum score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS test (with no sub-test less than 6.0). TOEFL Test result min 94.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

What you will study

This involves equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to work effectively in rapidly changing and challenging environments. You will develop the competencies to think critically and strategically and identify complex research programmes needed to develop new approaches or new knowledge that will drive organisational change and make a significant contribution to the development of your chosen profession.

Last updated October 2019

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