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 18th September 2017.

1 1 18-22 September 2017 Research Presentation and Reflections
Submit by 11 September 2017
2 4-8 December 2017 Deliverable I - Problem Formulation
Submit by 20 November 2017 
3 12-16 February 2018  
4 25-29 June 2018 Deliverable II - Positioning Study
Submit paper by 11 June 2018 
2 5 22-26 October 2018  
6 18-22 Feb 2019 Deliverable III -  Literature Based Project
Submit by 4 February 2019
7 20-24 May 2019

8 16-20 September 2019 Deliverable IV - Research Design
Deliverable V - Impact Plan

Submit by 2 September 2019 
4     Deliverable VI - Empirical Project
Submit by 11 December 2020
1/2  17-19 May 2021 Deliverable VII - Impact Assessment
Submit by 3 May 2021
5-6    September 2021 Thesis Submission 
  Within 6-8 Weeks of Thesis Submission Examination: Viva Voce
  June 2022 Graduation