Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University

Business Administration

This award is the highest qualification achievable in higher education (Level 8). It is a suitable choice for practising managers and senior professional practitioners who wish to pursue their academic, personal and career development beyond Masters Level (Level 7) through a rigorous and challenging programme of study and research. The course is aimed at those who want to make a difference to the way that management and professional practice in the fields of organisation and management will be developed in the future. Course features: a part-time professional doctorate with a broad and flexible research-based programme; explore management and organizational research interests in context with your professional role; investigate practice, policies and theories relating to management and organizational studies to an advanced depth; delivery and supervision by a highly supportive academic team; work to achieve the award over 4 years of part-time study (maximum 6); associated with the university Centre for Applied Business Research (CABR).

Entry requirements

Educational qualifications: you must have a 1st degree in any subject and have (or expect to acquire prior to starting) a Masters degree in Management (MBA, MA or MSc) from a UK University or the equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution. Practitioner experience: you must have senior management experience of at least 5 years pre or post Masters qualification. In exceptional circumstances, applicants without a Masters qualification will be considered where they have substantial compensating business and/or professional experience (a minimum of 10 years senior management experience), and, a high score 1st degree (upper 2nd Class Honours minimum) in an appropriate field (e.g. business, management, organisation studies), plus other relevant experience (e.g. research training) would be considered. English language competency: the course is conducted in English, with the final thesis written and examined in English. Participants whose 1st language is not English or who have not already studied successfully in an English speaking environment will be required to provide evidence of advanced proficiency in English. Recent minimum IELTS 7 will be required. Initial research interest proposal: in conjunction with the initial inquiry form obtained from the award administrator a research proposal of approximately 1500-2000 words, indicating the academic and practitioner fields of proposed enquiry is to be submitted prior to any consideration of candidates suitability for the programme. This submission is important to determine the university's adequacy to future supervise the prospective participant at the thesis research stage (years 3 and 4). Candidates must be prepared to be called for discussion to explore their interest further.

Course modules

The course is organised as a 2 (years) plus 2 (years) award structure. Years 1 and 2: developing critical knowledge and contextualised understanding of; contemporary issues and challenges to management, and principles of research design; advancing contemporary issues and challenges to management, and research methods and analyses; research design, consisting of a literature review that reflects the participants developing line-of-enquiry, and the completion of the research proposal. There is also the development of the 1st stage reflective practice-into-theory portfolio. Years 3 and 4: the continued development of a reflective practice-into-theory portfolio, and the research and development of an extended academic project (thesis).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
DBA Part-time - 4 years

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