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The DBA is designed to enable practitioners who already have a postgraduate degree to extend their own learning and make a contribution to the body of knowledge of their practice area. The course includes some core taught introductory modules in the first year. These are designed to equip individual participants, working alongside an academic supervisor, to undertake the applied research required in the remainder of the course. The DBA professional practice doctorate is concerned with researching managerial issues through critical review and systematic application of appropriate theories and research to professional practice. This can be contrasted to a PhD that emphasises the development of new knowledge and theoretical perspectives. A similar standard of intellectual rigour is expected for each. Put simply, a PhD makes a contribution to knowledge whilst a DBA makes a contribution to knowledge in practice, in both cases this being new knowledge. Due to their links with professional practice, DBAs are normally undertaken part-time. The DBA has an initial assessed ?taught? element that is modular and credit-based. By the end of this stage, participants will have designed their own programme of study and developed a learning agreement. This will guide the individual in the research stage of the award. Guided by an academic supervisor and work based mentor, each participant will conduct some original research. This can be one significant piece of work or up to three smaller pieces. The emphasis is on applying knowledge within the work environment. This phase will normally take two years. Applicants may undertake research in any aspect of the work of the Faculty. This includes: accounting and finance corporate governance and ethics information systems economics information and library management languages law and management (including HRM, marketing and strategy). Application of any of these subjects (or a combination of them) may be undertaken in either a public or private sector context. Entry requirements Entrants to the DBA will have a variety of backgrounds. The course will be of interest to managers who have recently completed taught postgraduate degrees and want to extend the research they undertook at the dissertation stage. Lecturers in HE or FE wanting to undertake research in a structured environment will find the DBA experience ideal. Applicants must have a Masters degree in an area related to their subject interest. They must also be in a position to undertake significant research in a work based environment. All applicants will be required to submit an initial proposal and will be asked to attend for interview.

The DBA is designed to enable practitioners who already have a postgraduate degree to extend their own learning and make a contribution to the body of knowledge of their practice area. The course includes some core taught introductory modules in the first year. These are designed to equip individual participants, working alongside an academic supervisor, to undertake the applied research required...

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