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.

The next intake (DBA 2017-2021 Cohort) will commence on 25 September 2017. The Cohort/Campus Weeks are:


  • 25-29 September 2017
  • 27 November - 01 December 2017
  • 05-09 February 2018
  • 14-18 May 2018
  • 17-21 September 2018
  • 18-21 February 2019
  • 08-12 July 2019
  • 23-27 September 2019