LEVEL 8 - Leads To PHD

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Level 8


Course Objective

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) has been designed to enable those who undertake the programme to:

  • Enhance their professional capacity and capability
  • Make productive contribution to their respective organizations
  • Make contributions to publication of relevant research work

The DBA is tailored such a way that equips you with hands-on academic exposure to complement your concurrent professional skills toolbox.






Advanced Management Practice

This is the start line for the final research project. It allows you to reflect upon your own professional practice and further explore emerging trends within your sector/industry. You will explore the area you plan to study from the practitioner perspective, analyzing existing trends of practice, considering problem defining from others in the industry and exploring current developments in your particular sector. This will enable you to develop initial research question(s) and will take you through to further literature.

Understanding Management Theory

You will explore the theoretical horizons of your chosen area of research. It will involve undertaking a structured, thematic, analysis of your literature and exploration of the theory/practice nexus that relates to your DBA course. You will also be introduced to how you conceptualize the issue you intend to research and draw analysis which allows you to fine tune your research question(s) and objectives and work as a guide to your methodological approach.

Contemporary Approaches to Management Research

This module will introduce you to the theoretical underpinnings of research methodology. It looks upon the epistemology and ontology of knowledge generation, assorted research philosophies, parallel and contradicting research paradigms, current trends and strategies, various methodologies and methods. You will critically examine the approaches that are appropriate to your research question(s) and objectives in terms of reliability, validity and sustainability. It will also take into account the ethical perspective associated with your research, especially in relation to the indigenous researcher concerns.

Research Design and Implementation (pilot)

Through modules 1-3, you should have developed and refined your research question(s) and objectives, linked them to relevant literature and developed the overall methodological approach that is appropriate for your research project. You should be ready to take off with your research at this point. Through a pilot study, this module will allow you to check your research instruments, explore how you pick and analyse data on the basis of your main research study.



Research Proposal Approval

The research proposal is staged at 18 months as after this time period you should have completed three of the modules and should have produced the equivalent of approximately 18,000 words. As these modules should have provided you with the initial problem definition (assignment 1), a review of the extant literature (assignment 2) and an examination of the methodological approach (assignment 3), you would normally be in a position to develop a comprehensive and coherent research proposal.

Upgrade of Registration

At this stage of the DBA programme you will have refined your research instruments, operationalized a pilot study for the main research theme and be in a position to proceed with the primary research project. At this stage, benifiting from supervisory meetings and a structured programme of support, it should have prepared you for the upgrade.

The Thesis and Viva

The finality of DBA programme is assessed through the production of a 60,000 word thesis, followed by a comprehensive defense in a viva voce examination.

About Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University began as the Cambridge School of Art founded by William Beaumont. It was then merged with the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology and the Essex Institute of Higher Education and was renamed Anglia Polytechnic. It was then given university status in 1992 and renamed Anglia Ruskin University in 2005. The university has campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough, university centres in Kings Lynn and Peterborough and partnerships with universities from the around the world including Berlin, Budapest, Trinidad, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.


Entry Requirements​

  • A comprehensive honors level degree in a related area, along with appropriate professional exposure.
  • If English is not your first language, you’ll also need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

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