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The First Doctor of Business Administration in Leeds

  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Profile Description

The Leeds Business School Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme is designed for experienced professionals seeking to become a practitioner-researcher and thought leader in their field. The DBA aims to support professionals from a wide range of occupations to enhance skills in order to develop novel solutions to address key challenges. The programme is for individuals with managerial-level organisational experience who wish to develop research in an area that would impact on business practice and, potentially, policy. It provides you with the opportunity to join like-minded professionals and make a contribution to your field. You will develop a theoretical understanding of elected corporate problems and create sophisticated solutions to these challenges. You will be encouraged to contest and expand the existing frontiers of knowledge in order to make a major contribution to academic knowledge and professional practice. The thorough grounding in business research methodology, advanced analytical training and critical skills that you will receive will allow you to research a topic and contribute to the body of knowledge in your area. This will benefit both your career and the organisation and profession you work (or go on to work) in. Delivered part-time, over four years, our structured DBA programme allows you to combine the managerial demands of your career with your drive to gain doctoral-level recognition for your specific area of study.

The first two years' units will require attendance to three four-day blocks of scheduled programmes for each of the two years (six four-day sessions in total). Evenings and a potential further ‘day five' offers you independent learning time or activities including guest speakers and ‘industry visits'. In total, a minimum of 24 days attendance will be required during the first 24 month period. The blocks will initially be tutor-directed seminars or workshop-based tuition sessions that will evolve to tutor and participant-led discussion and activities. In the method and analytical units, you will use appropriate software for analysis. Participants will be required to read/prepare materials in advance of the sessions. The final two years focuses on the completion of the thesis, which is supported by a dedicated personal supervisory team.

Entry Requirements

A DBA is a research degree and therefore the entry requirements are the same as all our research degrees with the requirement that applicants also hold an appropriately recognised first degree, normally a Master's degree, and – for those candidates from non-English speaking countries outside of the UK - an IELTs certificate of 7.0 with no sub score below 6.5.

Have substantial work practice and hold a position in an organisation as a recognised and experienced professional within their field.

Annual fees for the DBA are currently £10,000 per year.

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Funding Notes

If you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application will be considered.

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