DBA program

  • Phase 1 Complementary Studies - Module 1: Critical Thinking in Business and Management

    Location: SHU

    Duration: 1-6 months

    18-22 Sept. 2023 (start of module)

    This module provides the critical foundations of study at doctoral level, which will be linked to the expectations of students. It will provide an introduction to the alternative philosophical underpinnings of research, framing research questions and critical thinking. It is expected that the assignment that is produced at the end of this module will provide material for the introductory chapter of the thesis. It will also feed into a formal research proposal (RF1), which will be developed in conjunction with the researcher’s supervisor and will be reviewed by an independent rapporteur – see below for more details.

  • Phase 1 Complementary Studies - Module 2: Contemporary Issues in Management

    Location: SHU

    Duration: 6-12 months

    8-12 April, 2024 (start of module)

    The purpose of this module is to introduce the current debates and movements within the wider, social, cultural, political, technological and economic world, and link them to the student’s research interests. The module will challenge students’ current thinking as to how the wider external world impacts upon their sector and their research. By the end of the module, with the support of their supervisor, students will produce a literature review assignment that will provide material for the corresponding chapter in the final thesis. The assignment will also feed into the RF1, which will be completed twelve months after commencement of the DBA.

  • Phase 1 Complementary Studies - Model 3: Research Approaches and Designs

    Location: SHU

    Duration: 1-6 months

    7-11 Oct. 2024 (start of module)

    This module will build upon knowledge gained from the first module on the philosophical and ethical debates that underpin doctoral research, focusing on the implications these debates have on research practice. The module will introduce a range of research methods and their suitability in different contexts. The module will help students identify options for research methods and the implications of their final choice of methods. The supervisor will take a pivotal role in supporting and guiding the student through this module. The assignment for this module will consist of a draft methodology chapter.

  • Phase 1 Complementary Studies - RD2 Preparation

    Duration: 6-12 months

    After the successful completion of the three complementary studies modules, students will work with their supervisor in developing their practical research and analytical skills and expertise in the research methods they will be using. They will then produce their RF2 presentation and accompanying report. The RF2 presentation will be made to the wider student body and will be assessed by two independent rapporteurs. This stage also acts as a check to ensure that the ethical approval sought is appropriate and the researcher’s training and development needs are on track to be achieved so they have the ability to successfully complete phase 2 of the DBA programme.

     

  • Phase 2 Research Phase - Fieldwork and Thesis: Thesis

    Year 3 & 4 (registration can extend if needed)

    On the successful completion of the RF2 stage, students will be allocated their full supervisory team (Director of Studies and Supervisor) to support them through the research phase of the DBA. With ethical approval, the student will be ready to commence their primary research. The process of developing the chapters of the research will gather pace when the findings of the research are generated and their implications can be discussed. About four months before the draft thesis is likely to be ready, the Director of Studies will contact potential examiners, and an RF3 form will be used to obtain approval to the examination team. There are a range of different outcomes from the examination, which will determine the extent of amendments before completing the DBA.