Doctorate of Business Administration (Part Time) - DBA

Attendance:
Full Time, Part Time
Starting:
May 2018
Campus:
Fees:
£6,900 per year (No fee for Year 4) for UK/EU Part Time 2018 entry (view all fees)
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Our Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) course is intended to assist career professionals who wish to enhance, contribute to and transform practice. It is a professional doctorate completed on a part-time (Executive) basis. An internationally established highest level qualification, the programme enables you to earn the title of Doctor without putting your career on hold.

The programme will enhance your professional capabilities, credibility and standing, and you will contribute to practice through action research.

In the first half (the structured phase) of the programme you will attend on a ‘block delivery’ basis, which allows you to focus on one part of the course at a time.

The DBA is designed to help you apply action research-based thinking to ideas in practice and work, or practice based problems whilst deepening and broadening your understanding of application to professional practice.

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

Our DBA is aimed at enhancing the level of professional capabilities and credibility of practicing professionals, and the research undertaken on the programme is focused on contributing to, and transforming, practice.

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

  • On our programme you will gain a professional focus and practice based experience of action research and its application to practice, ensuring you are equipped to make an impact in or accelerate your career or standing.
  • You will have the opportunity to work in conjunction with our thought-provoking supervisors who will guide you to gain specialist insight into your chosen field(s).
  • Your study will be based in our state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, ideally located in the UK’s second city, which is one of Europe’s largest cities.
  • Candidate support is at the forefront of our approach, with everything designed to give you the skills you need to succeed.

This course is open to International students

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Working Papers Series

The Working Paper Series publishes and promotes the work of MHRE and Doctoral researchers in a timely way that enables the development of research outputs for further publication in academic journals. It is a showcase for the researchers, and a valuable resource for those wishing to publish their work to a wide audience.

The Working Paper Series is an effective window on our research activity.

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
DBA May 2018 PT 4 Years £6,900 per year (No fee for Year 4)

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 May 2018 FT 4 Years £6,900 per year (No fee for Year 4)

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

A full research proposal is not required as you will build this during the first year. We do however need to know that you have a level of clarity on what your research is and how you would access the research opportunity. Therefore you need to initially develop your outline research concept.

Here are some tips for building a research concept for submission. Your structure should follow this style:

  • Say how the DBA will help you pursue your career objectives
  • Relevant work and career experience that is relevant to your subject (highlighting the skills and experience gained)
  • What you propose to research - the area and a key question representing the gap or opportunity that you propose to address
  • How you would approach the research
  • How you would access and conduct the necessary research (This typically means the agreement and active co-operation of the organisation where your research activities are to take place)
  • How could this contribute to practice
  • Proposals for sponsorship from organisation(s)

The programme fees pay for the core of the programme, tutoring and supervision, assessment and the like.

Your travel to and from the University and any necessary accommodation are not included.

Ancillary costs associated with your activities are not covered. For example if you travel to undertake your research this is not normally covered.

If you have any specific queries please ask the programme team.

This course is available part-time

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Structured Phase (Year 1)

Contemporary Research in Practice

This enables you to develop knowledge of relevant concepts and issues, as well as an emerging capability to deploy theoretical concepts. A key element of this is reflective practice which is intended to be continuous throughout the life of your research programme. 

Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice Programme
60 credits

Current Elements:

Extended Research Proposal (inc. Literature Review)

This 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.

Evaluating Your Development as a Researcher

This places your work in context and sets out how it will be developed over the course of the programme.

Structured Phase (Year 2)

Pilot Inquiry

You will frame the research methods learned earlier to equip and support your selected topic in practice settings and meet the requirements of validation within a wider research community.

Research Philosophy

You develop an overarching position relating to the progression of knowledge and the nature of that knowledge. This will provide you with the opportunity to think deeply whilst developing critical analysis and persuasive writing that is essential in your study and practice.

Research Phase (Years 3 and 4)

Practice Based Thesis

You will make an original contribution to practice, and develop, design and implement original and ethical work that contributes to scholarly thinking as well as practice and is worthy of publication. Learning at Doctoral level may be achieved substantially by conducting independent research.

Course Structure

The DBA is a four-year block taught programme. It is aimed at practicing executives/managers and professionals, and is built around practice or work based action research to make an original contribution to practice.

The programme provides a framework for practice or work based research, where your professional environment is also the core of your research environment and network. This requires commitment to independently driven professional environment research.

The programme has two distinct phases. Phase 1 is a structured phase delivered in modules. Phase 2 is a research phase including independent research and the writing of a thesis.

Year 1 – Structured phase

Contemporary Research in Practice

This enables you to develop knowledge of relevant concepts and issues, as well as an emerging capability to deploy theoretical concepts. A key element of this is reflective practice which is intended to be continuous throughout the life of your research programme.

Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice Programme

Current Elements:

o  Extended Research Proposal (inc. Literature Review)

This 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.

o  Evaluating Your Development as a Researcher

This places your work in context and sets out how it will be developed over the course of the programme.

Year 2 – Structured phase

Pilot Inquiry

You will frame the research methods learned earlier to equip and support your selected topic in practice settings and meet the requirements of validation within a wider research community.

Research Philosophy

You develop an overarching position relating to the progression of knowledge and the nature of that knowledge. This will provide you with the opportunity to think deeply whilst developing critical analysis and persuasive writing that is essential in your study and practice.

Years 3 and 4 - Research phase

Practice Based Thesis

You will make an original contribution to practice, and develop, design and implement original and ethical work that contributes to scholarly thinking as well as practice and is worthy of publication. Learning at Doctoral level may be achieved substantially by conducting independent research.

Assessment

You will conduct a piece of unique Doctoral level research, submit a thesis for examination and sit an oral exam (viva voce) in which you defend your thesis and contribution to practice before a panel of experts.

Modes of Study

The DBA programme is offered part-time (block delivered in the structured phase). This mode of study ensure that your DBA research can fit with your career and lifestyle needs, even if you are based overseas.

The DBA provides a framework for practice or work based research, where your professional environment is also the core of your research environment and network. Therefore this block-based DBA programme for practice/work based research provides a highly suitable framework for largely independent professionally driven research.

You will be expected to complete your research and submit your work for examination within 48 months.

The DBA is designed to be completed in four years. It is, however, very demanding so there is the option to take extra time in the research phase if this is necessary for you to complete your DBA, subject to payment of the necessary continuation fees. The maximum period for the entire programme is normally seven years.

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 professionals looking to enhance their career and standing.

Upon completion, you will be able to effect positive change, both in your own professional practice, and/or within your organisation. On a personal level, you’ll be able to utilise your enhanced skills for critical engagement, and to demonstrate your expertise.

Successful improvements in your personal professional practice will then benefit your organisation. The DBA degree alone can enhance your standing, and the possibilities opened to you by utilising your enhanced expertise can be even more impressive.

Already an expert practitioner, in your company or field of professional practice? The DBA degree can still benefit you internally and externally. The standing and expertise you will achieve over the course of your degree can allow you to become an industry or practice leader.

If you want to learn more about how a DBA degree from Birmingham City Business School could help enhance your standing, contact Martin Eley

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

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.

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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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.

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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Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295