Cranfield University DBA

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Cranfield University DBA

Welcome to Cranfield’s School of Management Executive DBA Programme

Cranfield School Of Management’s Executive DBA is the highest-level business qualification available. The programme enables senior managers to conduct valuable, doctoral-level research on a part-time basis, over four to six years, while remaining in employment.

This unique, research-based, practice-driven programme provides a route to a doctoral level qualification, using the latest research tools and techniques to develop leading-edge thinking and analytical skills.

Aimed at senior practitioners, policy-makers and consultants seeking leadership positions in their organisations and professions, the Cranfield DBA is one of the few worldwide to hold Association of MBA (AMBA) accreditation.

A part time doctoral programme for experienced executives

The programme contains a minimum of eight residential weeks over four-years, which provide the structure and support to ensure that researchers continue to progress.

The first and second year comprise of four individual five-day modules focusing on Research Methods, co-ordinated by, and delivered at, Cranfield School of Management. The research training, and researcher development input, is structured into weekly blocks enabling you to work with your Supervisor and other Faculty Members for a concentrated period.

The Doctoral Core Research Methods Training Programme is designed to develop and optimise your research capability by leveraging the wealth of knowledge and resources available at Cranfield. Five Elements are included:

  • Engagement, Influence and Impact
  • Governance and Organization
  • Literature and Theory
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Research Methodology and Methods
DBA process

The third and fourth years contain a number of optional workshops focusing on in-depth methodologies, writing, personal development, panel meetings, one half week and the viva voce. Additional input is tailored to meet individual study requirements.

DBA researchers are required to attend all residential weeks at Cranfield School of Management and the expected time commitment (in addition to the residential Cohort/Campus weeks) is approximately 15-20 hours per week.