The DBA programme contributes to the research excellence of Henley Business School. The theses produced receive commendations from accrediting bodies and examiners alike. Candidates include prestigious competition winners and the quality of theses is regularly praised as being the highest quality by scholars with global reputations in their field. Research associates are members of our School structure and are encouraged to take part in activities of our research centres. By conducting original research in their specialist area, candidates are able to further their careers and build expertise to contribute to grow competitive advantage and differentiate themselves in the marketplace.
The Henley DBA is a part-time professional doctoral degree with an international scope and reputation. The programme is designed to enhance executive and professional practice. This is through the application of sound theory and rigorous research into real and complex issues in business and management.
It enhances the capability to develop knowledge and theory, and their application. Key to this is a programme to develop personal, consultancy and research skills in the context of rigorous and relevant research.
The Henley DBA will enable you to:
The programme will be of particular benefit to experienced senior executives, consultants, management educators and business school academics.
A DBA from Henley will enhance professional capability and credibility. You will develop networks and provide a firm foundation for further career development, or a major career move. Employers benefit from supporting candidates for the DBA by attracting, developing and retaining key talent and building knowledge for competitive advantage.
The DBA has both rigour and relevance as it contributes to theory and practice in business and management. The DBA typically focuses on research ‘in’ organisations rather than research ‘on’ organisations. It involves cross-disciplinary work and mixed methods and contribute to developing your own practice and development.
The Henley DBA has two distinct stages:
Stage 1 (Month 1-Month 18) – completion of five compulsory modules:
The first four modules each have a mandatory workshop of 5 or 6 days, normally held on campus in Henley-on-Thames, UK.
Each module has a number of assessed assignments.
There are also additional optional modules available (for example:. Advanced Qualitative Methods, Understanding Management and Financial Research, International Business and International Human Resource Management, Long Run Development of International Business Theory).
Confirmation of Registration (Month 18-Month 36) - Pilot Study, Research Proposal and Presentation
Stage 2 (Month 36 onwards):
The overall academic content and quality of your programme will be led by the Director of the DBA Programme. The Doctoral Programme Team will support you throughout the process through to graduation.
Throughout the research process you will have the support of and guidance of at least one supervisor. They will guide you through the research process to submission of the thesis for examination at the viva.
In joining, you will gain access to the Henley Business School library which has extensive facilities for undertaking research. This includes journals, textbooks, newspapers and online resources, plus previous doctoral theses and research articles.
You will also be able to access the Online Library via the Business School website. You will have have full-text access to thousands of journal articles, company financial data and market research reports.
There are a number of DBA research topics across the various academic disciplines at Henley Business School. These have been organised by research areas. Only proposals that fall under one of the categories below will be considered.
When writing your research outline, please indicate at the top of the proposal to which topic/faculty member (where applicable) your research outline corresponds.
Visit the Doctor of Business Administration - DBA page on the University of Reading website for more details!
Year 1 - £13,900
Year 2 - £13,900
Year 3 - £13,900
Year 4 - £10,900
Year 5 - £7,250
Year 6 - £7,250
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