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Doctorate in Business Administration

(DBA)

This research-based doctorate (DBA) is ideal for those people who are enthusiastic about learning and want to make a difference to the way that management and professional practice is developed in their specialism. Studying for a business doctorate allows you to develop evidence-based research and a full doctoral thesis, equivalent to a PhD, whilst continuing to pursue a career as a senior professional or manager.

Course length 4-6 Year(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

The Doctorate in Business Administration offers a programme of in-depth study and personal scholarship. Studying the DBA provides you and your organisation with leading edge development in management thinking. It enables you to develop and then apply the latest business and management theories to your own working environment.

The DBA allows you to make a difference to the way that management and professional practice is developed in your specialist area such as • organisation and management • facilities and property management • tourism, hospitality, events and food management • public sector management • strategy and change • organisational behaviour.

It is for those who want the opportunity to become a recognised contributor to management thinking and advanced professional practice. Grounded in evidence-based research and a full doctoral thesis, equivalent in status to the PhD, this is the highest achievable qualification in higher education.

The DBA enables managers and senior professionals to pursue their academic, personal and career development goals. It builds on your existing academic, business and managerial experience, enhancing your professional credibility and differentiating you from your peers.

Completing the programme enables you to
• make a contribution to the theory and practice of management in your profession
• be capable of rigorous business and management research
• be able to consider management and professional problems from many perspectives
• be able to assess your own insights and impact as a manager
• continue to build on your learning through working as a reflective practitioner

The course attracts UK and international students, with previous and current students from • Thailand • Cyprus • Nigeria • Gabon • West Indies • Iran • Egypt • Holland.

Small study groups facilitate intensive study, networking with senior managers from diverse backgrounds, and sharing ideas and experience within a stimulating and supportive environment.

Our approach to teaching, learning and assessment gives you the freedom to develop your own ideas and interests, and to tailor the programme to your own requirements.

Our package of support includes
• a comprehensive induction programme
• one to one support from experienced personal tutors, supervisors and administrators
• a complementary studies programme comprising four modules
• study workshops
• online access to our e-learning environment

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally you should

• have an MBA, or masters qualification in a relevant area

• be pursuing, or have pursued, a significant career in professional or business areas that fall within the research interests of Sheffield Business School

• display evidence of your potential to develop work of doctoral standard

Applicants whose first language is not English must show evidence of

• IELTS 7.0 overall with no element under 6.5

• TOEFL iBT test with an overall score of 100 with a minimum of 23 in listening, 23 in reading, 26 in writing and 22 in speaking

Exceptionally, we may consider applicants without a masters degree who

• have a good first degree in an appropriate discipline

• have at least three years’ management or professional experience that reflects the research interests of Sheffield Business School

• can demonstrate continued development/education since graduation

You also need to talk to the course or programme leader to ensure that

• you meet the admissions criteria

• you have the potential ability to complete the course successfully within four years

• you can demonstrate intellectual curiosity, a capacity for critical analysis of issues, and the ability to abstract and formulate underlying principles in a systematic way

• your proposed area of research is appropriate to the programme

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able toclaim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

2018 entry requirements

Normally you should

• have an MBA, or masters qualification in a relevant area

• be pursuing, or have pursued, a significant career in professional or business areas that fall within the research interests of Sheffield Business School

• display evidence of your potential to develop work of doctoral standard

Applicants whose first language is not English must show evidence of

• IELTS 7.0 overall with no element under 6.5

• TOEFL iBT test with an overall score of 100 with a minimum of 23 in listening, 23 in reading, 26 in writing and 22 in speaking

Exceptionally, we may consider applicants without a masters degree who

• have a good first degree in an appropriate discipline

• have at least three years’ management or professional experience that reflects the research interests of Sheffield Business School

• can demonstrate continued development/education since graduation

You also need to talk to the course or programme leader to ensure that

• you meet the admissions criteria

• you have the potential ability to complete the course successfully within four years

• you can demonstrate intellectual curiosity, a capacity for critical analysis of issues, and the ability to abstract and formulate underlying principles in a systematic way

• your proposed area of research is appropriate to the programme

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able toclaim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Course structure

One intake per year in February
During the first two years you take complementary studies – a series of three five-day study blocks in each year.
In the thesis stage you attend regular meetings with your supervisors.

Typical modules may include

Year one

Philosophies of research in business and management
This module is designed to enhance your reflexive and critical understanding of the epistemological debates and commitments, which implicitly and explicitly underpin any management or organisational research and practitioner activity. It enables you to reflect upon how your own and alternative modes of engagement influence your understandings of events and processes in organisations. Three key focuses are identifiable for this critical reflection: undertaking management and organisational research; management as a discipline; and managers’ roles/ status/ authority in organisations.

Leadership, management and organisation theory
It is essential for doctoral researchers to develop a critical understanding of the ways in which the diverse variety of theoretical perspectives that constitute organisation theory both underpin and challenge common sense ways of viewing, leading and managing organisations. It aims to describe, explain and influence what goes on in organisations and provides an underpinning body of knowledge that enables us to explore and develop management and leadership theory. This module introduces the diversity of perspectives used to study and understand organisations. It allows you to develop a reflective and critical understanding of those aspects of leadership, management and organisation theory that may impact on your choice of research paradigm and methodology, and also influence the aspects of organisational life which you choose to study.

Year two

Research design in business and management (research design and execution)
The aim of this module is to develop a critical interpretation and analysis of key issues in the design of business and management research. The module builds on the theoretical foundations developed through the philosophies of research in business and management module and evaluates the influence of philosophical considerations with respect to their relationship to the design of management research. This module will support you in the development of a critically justified account of the theoretical underpinnings of the core aspects of the research methodology that will be adopted in their research project. The module provides you with the opportunity to develop essential skills with regard to the core aspects of approaches to social research design and the specific methods of data collection and analysis.

Contemporary issues in organisation and management
The module aims to provide a balance between theoretical perspectives and practice by introducing and examining key issues in specific areas of organisation and management research. It provides you with an opportunity to appreciate complexity and uncertainty as an essential context for any original contribution to business and professional knowledge. This will be facilitated by focusing on the specialist research themes associated with the main Sheffield Business School research centres and it enables you to locate your research in different arenas of practice, hence setting a research contribution within evolving contexts. The process of action learning encourages you to further explore individual challenges or problems and helps you to review and finalize the focus for the DBA research.

Phase two

Fieldwork and thesis
Your research proposal is implemented over years three and four. This culminates in the writing of a thesis to document your research and the original contribution that it makes to the practice and theory of management.

Assessment Your progress over phase one is measured by continuous assessment and your detailed research proposal. You do two assignments each year in years one and two. You also attend an annual SBS Doctoral Conference.The unique contribution of your research taken in phase two is evaluated through your thesis. We also assess your research through your thesis.

Employability

This DBA is a development of existing Sheffield Business School programmes.

Members of the DBA include senior managers and professionals from a range of national and international backgrounds, including • their own companies • government departments • universities • financial services • non-profit organisations • engineering • manufacturing • professional associations

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

Typically £7,100 a year for years one and two, £4,615 a year for years three and four, and £2,315 a year for years five and six (if required)

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,280 are available across the majority of subject areas.

International student


2016/17 academic year

Typically £10,145 a year for years one and two, £5,630 a year for years three and four, and £2,820 a year for years five and six (if required)

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How to apply

Complete the application form available on our research pages.

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