EDUCATION: DOCTOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, DBA
The Swansea School of Management DBA is a part-time professional doctorate designed for senior managers and leaders in all sectors; private, public and not-for-profit. On this programme, learners can engage in applied research specifically within the field of Value-Based Health and Care, bringing established and cutting-edge theory to bear on their practical organisational issues. You will develop and enrich practice in your field, as well as contributing to our understanding of the underpinning theoretical base for the work. The structured approach offered by the Swansea DBA is based on six modules over three years, blending lectures, guest talks, workshop discussions and student presentations. The doctoral thesis is developed in parallel under guidance from a doctoral supervisory team allocated at the start of the programme.The Swansea School of Management DBA is designed to develop critical thinkers and practitioners who will reflect on their impact on their organisations and society more generally. LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT The key learning opportunities for DBA students are focused on developing a set of research skills that will enable them to contribute to their practice, as well as to theoretical knowledge. From the beginning, students will develop a clear overview of their research journey and the necessary steps to doctoral- level achievement. DBA students will first learn to refine their proposed area of enquiry, as well as being introduced to the fundamentals of organisational research. This will lead to the ability to clearly articulate the context and content of the problem they wish to investigate. Students will engage in an in-depth evaluation of the theoretical context of their research, developing a critical appreciation of the history of their field, and an understanding of the latest thinking. Students will undertake a rigorous grounding in research methods and techniques, as well as foundational methodological theory, leading to the ability to critically evaluate and implement the approaches appropriate for their own research. Students will also acquire the practical ability to gather, analyse and present data through a pilot study as part of their development. The taught modules will develop participants ability to generate novel understanding of theory and practice through a synthesis of their research with existing theory, leading to clear statements of impact and contribution to knowledge. ILA SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE 15
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Applicants for the DBA must normally hold an undergraduate degree from an approved university and have achieved a minimum classification of upper second (2:1) or equivalent. Applicants will also normally have, or be studying for, a master’s degree or similar level of qualification at an approved university. Applicants will normally be expected to have a minimum of five years’ experience in a senior role. All applicants will be interviewed by two representatives of the programme leadership team (normally including the programme director) and will be expected to demonstrate the drive and intellectual ability to undertake the DBA. HOW TO APPLY We recognise that applicants to the DBA are likely to be busy professionals and therefore we aim to offer a supportive approach to the application process. We therefore recommend you take the follow steps:
1. Check that you match the admissions criteria for the DBA programme.
2. Consider what area of research you are likely to be interested in pursuing.
3. Arrange a consultation with a member of the DBA team to address any questions you might have regarding, for example, eligibility and your proposed area of research. This allows us to begin planning potential supervision for your DBA. In addition, we can advise you on the content of your research proposal. Contact Programme Director,
Dr Simon Brooks directly on email@example.com
4. Complete our online application form . Please ensure you include a curriculum vitae that makes clear your professional experience, as well as your research proposal. TUITION FEES Annual fees: £7,450 Average course duration: 4 years DBA students researching VBHC may be eligible for an ILA scholarship
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