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London Business E School's Executive DBA is the highest-level business qualification available. This DBA programme enables senior managers to conduct valuable, doctoral-level research on a full and part-time basis, over two and half untill four years, while remaining in employment.
This unique, research-based, practice-driven DBA programme provides a route to a doctoral level qualification, using the latest research tools and techniques to develop leading-edge thinking and analytical skills.
Aimed at senior practitioners, policy-makers and consultants seeking leadership positions in their organisations and professions, the LondonBES DBA is one of the few worldwide to hold an Association of MBA accreditation.
The LondonBES DBA is designed to raise the level of professional capabilities of practising senior managers and executives. It does this by developing the practitioner's skills of reflective practice, by enhancing their knowledge of leading-edge areas of business, and by providing the opportunity to develop their capabilities in practice-based research by means of a major research project. During the first two phases of the course, this is achieved through a combination of taught and self-study elements. During the third phase of the programme of study, participants undertake a major research project that focuses on the work they are undertaking in their organisation as senior professionals, typically in change leadership roles.
Our DBA is designed for busy senior managers and executives who want to gain new insights and perspectives into leadership and management based on critical exploration of their own evolving professional practice. It is particularly appropriate for those wishing to improve their capability to lead and manage change in an established or new organisation without having to seek time off for formal study.
A key role is played in their capability enhancement by the capstone research project, which enables practitioners to improve their professional practice by undertaking rigorous research into that practice.
You can start the DBA in September or February, and you study part-time over 2 to 5 years. Most of your study will be undertaken while you continue your role as a senior professional, However, there are occasional seminars, workshops and lectures which will involve you attending our London campus, usually in the evening or at the weekend. Throughout the programme of studies, you will have the support of your tutors, your personal academic adviser, one or more specialist consultants, and your peers on the programme.
It is the professional equivalent of the academic PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), but designed specifically to support participants in undertaking practice-based research into their workplace activities. While the knowledge gained from this research is equally rigorous to the PhD, it is distinctive in that the participant is placed at the centre of their research investigation, and their findings tend to be highly applicable within their organisation.It provides participants with the opportunity to enhance their professional capabilities at an advanced level through the study of elective modules. These capabilities will feed into, and be evaluated through the participants research project.Because senior professionals have achieved a significant amount of both formal and informal learning, sometimes over many years, the DBA provides an opportunity to make a claim for academic credits against relevant prior learning. It focuses on developing participants' individual capabilities as reflective practitioners, and through this enhancing their capability, for undertaking high-level, practice-based research within their own workplace. Participants study paths and projects are tailored to meet their individual needs and interests, and those of their organisations. Develop advanced management skills and receive an international qualification with this modern programme with variety of industry specialisations. Equipped with the latest in management and leadership theory, techniques and practices in all aspects of business operations, you will be in demand with top employers around the world. Our faculty benefits from global industry experience and will provide you with a solid foundation in holistic strategic business management. You will also gain the practical skills to apply your knowledge in the workplace, preparing you for rewarding senior management roles.
Students on this programme come from all over the world, from a wide range of backgrounds. As a result, you will share a rich variety of experiences and learn much about other cultures. The average age of previous DBA Students is 29 years, with 40% of these students being male and 60% female.
UK undergraduate degree (2:2 minimum) or equivalent - any subject area
English Levels 6.0 IELTS (5.5 in all bands) or equivalent.
Relevant work experience is an asset, but no work experience required GMAT is not an obligatory requirement, but is considered an advantage and may be required for some applications. (Target score 550) Duration (30 to 48 Months)
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Our Global DBA will provide you with the understanding of the most important concepts in global management, strategy, finance and marketing. In particular, the wide variety of specialist pathways offers you the chance to synchronise your DBA to your existing career path, giving you a finely tuned, unique postgraduate qualification.
Leaders are born in LondonBES to lead the business world!