The DBA is a research degree and therefore a much more involved and personal journey than previous programmes of study that you may have undertaken. The preparation carried out prior to beginning your DBA will significantly enhance your DBA experience. We see the application’s process as the beginning of the relationship between the student and the University, and an important part of this preparation, so we promote an interactive approach.
Therefore before applying it is worth considering the following:
- the DBA is an intensive programme and as a practising manager, you'll have to balance this with your job and family commitments – are you certain that you'll be able to maintain an acceptable work-life balance?
- the DBA requires a certain amount of pre-existing subject-specific and domain knowledge – are you certain that you have this knowledge?
- the DBA requires you to carry out an organisational intervention – are you certain that you'll be with your company for the duration of the DBA programme and that you have their full support in carrying out this intervention?
Therefore, before submitting your application it may be useful to contact the Director of DBA programmes, Dr Steve Paton. This initial contact will allow us to explore your research interests and motivations and help you construct the best application possible. Our aim is to ensure that you're suited to this programme, you're fully prepared to embark on this programme and that the process of application is as straightforward as possible.
You must hold a UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, at minimum 2:1 level or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline from a recognised academic institution. In addition you would be expected to have a minimum of five years management experience.
DBA Research Proposal
Your DBA application must contain a research proposal. Due to the variety and diversity of research projects that could be undertaken as a DBA there is no ideal form of proposal. The key thing is that you communicate clearly to the reader what you're intending to do, why it is worth doing and how and where you're going to do it. Below is a list of the type of details you should aim to include in your proposal.
This is a statement explaining why this research is important and who will benefit from it.
This is an explanation of the area you're researching. This section should clearly outline what is missing from knowledge. Some reference to existing thinking should be included, for example, relevant thinking in adjacent areas and/or thinking that you intend to build on.
This is a description of where your research will be carried out. This should include an overview of the industry and some detailed information on the company (or companies) that your intervention will take place in.
This should contain a broad overview of how you intend to conduct your research. This section may be quite brief as, at this early stage, you'll only have a vague idea of what you intend to do.