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Doctor of Business Administration (Coventry University)

THE COVENTRY UNIVERSITY DBA WITH LONGFORD COLLEGE

The Secret of Success

Our DBA is designed for senior practising managers with the experience and roles to facilitate impactful change within their organisations as a result of their research.

Programme detail

A DBA is the pinnacle of practical business degrees, offering senior managers the opportunity to undertake business focused research that can facilitate real change in your organisation. At the same time, you will be expanding your leadership capabilities, critical thinking and decision-making skills. Coventry Business School’s DBA is based within the Centre for Business in Society.

Coventry Business School is also home to the Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity, which allows you to draw upon the two centres’ contemporary research and pool of experts in a variety of relevant fields.

The DBA programme is cohort-based, with groups of up to 10 candidates mentored throughout their programme by an expert academic team. These small focused cohorts give you the chance to engage directly with experts in the field, as well as being able to
exchange knowledge with fellow candidates, who come from a range of business backgrounds and countries.

It is within your cohort that you will be given training in research methods and develop the skills required to create, undertake and write-up your research. Short modules provide intensive and focused periods of contact with your supervising academic team and with the other candidates in your cohort, ensuring that your independent study remains on track to maximise the impact it can offer your organisation.

Doctorate in Business
Administration

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A DBA is a serious undertaking, studied over a period of typically three years, or up to seven years, working at a pace that suits you.

The final award of the doctorate is based on a portfolio of original practitioner orientated research, presented in a thesis. You will be
supported towards creating this portfolio through the assistance of our expert academic team.

Your DBA will be split into three distinct phases: phase one will create the foundation for the DBA; phase two is where research is conducted; and phase three is where your thesis is assembled.

Working at a pace that is best for you, phases one and two act as milestones to make sure your research is on track; our experts will be on hand to support and guide you throughout your DBA.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Candidates must have: ƒ

a postgraduate master’s degree with merit or above, or with a minimum overall average mark of 60% or above, in a relevant discipline/subject area and a minimum mark of 60% in the
project element or equivalent; or

a first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant discipline/subject area, or an approved equivalent award, with a
minimum mark of 60% in the project element or equivalent; or

appropriate professional or research experience which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate
evidence of achievement.

Additional requirements are that candidates: ƒ have a minimum of five years’ practitioner experience in a relevant field;

are undertaking a role within an appropriate setting that will allow the implementation of innovation and change necessary to meet the requirements of the programme;

and have an identified mentor who is an experienced practitioner in a relevant field.

MORE INFORMATION 

You must apply through the university’s doctoral admissions process and complete the DBA application form which can be found here

This includes an explanation of the subject area likely to form the focus of the studies leading to the final research thesis, showing how your own
experiences, roles and career plan underpin your selection. However, a full research proposal is not expected at this stage; this will be produced during phase one of the DBA.

You will need to produce evidence of your academic qualifications or professional experience. You will need to have two references, plus evidence that funding is secure for your fees and that a practitioner mentor has been selected.

To discuss the possibility of enrolling on the DBA programme, including further information about the application requirements and programme content, please email Professor Vincent English at
vincent.english@longfordcollege.com

Is the DBA right for me?

If you are a practicing manager the DBA could well be the ideal programme for you, as it will allow you to combine your professional experience with your studies. Working at a pace that suits you, the DBA can support you in facilitating research-led impactful change inside your organisation. Your final award is based on a portfolio of work, presented in a doctoral thesis. We will support you through taught elements and from the outset you will have a supervision team. The DBA is located within the Centre for Business in Society, one of the University’s dedicated research centres and you will become a part of our community of doctoral/postgraduate researchers

The DBA process

Your DBA journey will go through three important phases, each designed to add an additional layer to your final submission.

Phase one (12-24 months)
Creating the foundation for the DBA: establishing the research question, context, literature review and methodology.

Phase two (12-24 months)
Conducting the research: one or several practical focused projects.

Phase three (12-24 months)
Assembling the thesis: critical reflection on research findings, implementation and observation of ‘change’.

Applications

To be considered for the DBA you must apply through the college’s research admissions process.

The application process includes an explanation of the subject area likely to form the focus of the studies leading to the final research thesis, showing how your own experiences, roles and career plan underpin this selection. At this stage you are also expected to submit a proposal so that we can best align our experts with your expectations.

Candidates will need to produce evidence of their academic qualifications and professional experience. You will need to have two references, plus evidence that funding is secure for the fees and that a practitioner mentor has been selected.

Short-listed candidates will be interviewed before a place on the programme is recommended.