Programme structure

Taught stage (year 1 and 2)
All doctoral students undergo a two-year taught stage during which they receive a thorough grounding in research methods, statistics and epistemology (the philosophy of knowledge),which is invaluable for developing your own research project, plus several elective courses.

The taught stage consists of two one-week residential modules in year one and additional two one-week residential modules in year two on campus in Manchester, which are a highlight of the programme and provides great opportunity for networking and collaboration with academics and fellow DBA students. Students are also required to attend the annual DBA research conference.

Research stage (year 3 to 5)
The research stage of your programme usually takes two to three years to complete. Having developed your research proposal in consultation with your supervisor, you are ready to begin work on your research. Finally you will defend your thesis at the 'viva' to justify your assumptions, data and outcomes. Your research may be suitable for publication, as journal articles or books.

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DBA Structure