The Cranfield Doctorates - Cranfield School of Management: DBA

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Welcome to Cranfield's International Executive Doctorate (DBA)                                                                             The Association of MBAs Logo

Cranfield's International Executive Doctorate (DBA) is the highest-level business qualification that can be attained. The programme enables senior managers to conduct valuable doctoral-level research on a part-time basis, over four-six years, whilst remaining employed.

This unique, research-based, practice-driven programme provides a route to a doctorate level qualification that enables participants to develop leading-edge thinking, through use of the latest research tools and techniques. The programme is both rigorous and relevant, making it the ideal choice for developing both in-depth knowledge and analytical skills, whilst developing solutions to business issues at the same time. The programme allows individuals to undertake research that will have a real impact on practice, while also transforming the way that they personally approach decision-making.

Aimed at senior practitioners, policy-makers and consultants who want to be thought leaders in their organisations and wider occupations, it is one of only a few DBA's worldwide holding Association of MBAs (AMBA) accreditation.

Candidates are a highly diverse group of professionals from a variety of nationalities, industries, cultures and backgrounds. As well as the networking and learning opportunities offered by the programme, participants will benefit from the quality of study facilities, supervisory expertise, alumni networks and the international research perspective offered by Cranfield.

The International Executive Doctorate (DBA) is cohort based - meaning you join a diverse, carefully selected group of students from around the world for the taught modules held at Cranfield and stay networked with them throughout the programme and beyond. At Cranfield, we support you in every way to maximise your chances of successfully completing the programme.

As the research is likely to be thematic, rather than discipline-based, you are supported by a panel of faculty members rather than by a single supervisor. This ensures you will receive outstanding support in your studies.

I personally look forward to welcoming you onto this world-class programme.

Dr Emma Parry
Director, International Executive Doctorate (DBA)


"Education | Academic interest is shifting from the long-established PhD to the applied business approach of the DBA, discovers Stephen Hoare"

Cranfield International Executive Doctorate Researcher, Mark Baker features in this recent online article by The Telegraph.

Dr Andy Wood, Cranfield DBA Alumnus, Chief Executive of Adnams plc and Chair of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has been awarded an OBE in the 2013 Queen’s birthday honours for his sustainability work. See him talk about his DBA research here

A 10% discount will be applied to all Cranfield Alumni who enroll on the programme.

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