Programme Structure

The programme is structured to be completed in five years.

Find out more about the programme content here:

Year 1: Introduction to researching management practice
Year 2: Research project 1
Year 3/4: Research project 2 and 3
Year 5: Doctorate of Management thesis and defence

 

  Residential 1
(5 days)
Tutorials
(fortnightly)
Residential 2
(5 days)
Writing Retreat
(5 days)
Deliverables and
Panel review
Year 1 Get a solid grounding in the research literature Start to explore possible research projects and explore literature Get a solid grounding in research methods Write a literature review in chosen area of research Literature review and review of research methods (20,000 words)
Year 2 Focus the literature review amd develop a research plan Collect data and explore possible analysis Develop analysis Write a first draft of Research Paper 1 Research Paper 1 (15,000 words)
Year 3 Review learning from Research Paper 1. Scope Research Paper 2 and develop a research plan Collect data and explore alternative analysis approaches Develop analysis Write a first draft of Research Paper 2 Research Paper 2 (15,000 words)
Year 4 Review learning. Scope Research Paper 3 and develop a research plan Collect data and explore possible analysis Develop analysis Write a first draft of Research Paper 3 Research Paper 3 (15,000 words)
Year 5 Revise literature review and revise research methods Review and revise previous research papers to develop a distinct contribution in each Develop concluding analysis and discussion with emphasis on implications for practice (15,000 words) Produce first draft of thesis Thesis (80,000 words)

Every year has four major events:

  • The first residential visit (five days of intensive workshop and seminar activity)
  • The second residential (five days of intensive workshop and seminar activity)
  • The writing retreat (five days onsite, or offsite)
  • The panel review (where progress is assessed, and progression decisions are made)

Learning between residential visits

Between residential visits, you will have fortnightly tutorial meetings with your supervisor. This could be face-to-face or, more likely, via Skype. In addition, you will be using a student-led online community, where you can interact and share experiences with other students.

Your supervisor will also visit your organisation once or twice a year to observe you carrying out research.

Annual review and progression

You will be subject to an annual review where a significant piece of your writing will be assessed by a review panel consisting of your supervisor and two other members of staff. The aim of this meeting will not only be to evaluate your progress, but will also help you to reflect on and learn from practice. You will be given detailed feedback and, if satisfactory, you will progress to the next academic year. If it is deemed unsatisfactory, you can resubmit the writing once more.

It may, providing sufficient credits have been gained to exit the programme earlier, for example:

  • After successfully completing the first year, you may be able to exit with a PG Certificate in the Research of Management Practice. 
  • After the second year, you may be able to exit with a PG Diploma in the Research of Management Practice.
  • After the third year, you may be able to exit with a Masters degree in the Research of Management Practice.

Awarding of the final doctorate

Your doctoral thesis should make a distinct contribution to the discipline, especially with regard to practice. The quality of the work must be sufficiently rigorous and relevant that it can be presented at refereed international conferences (such as the Academy of Management Conference). 

The thesis will be examined by viva voce and will be publically defended. There will be two external examiners, one of whom will be a senior practitioner. The academic examiners will make the final judgement in consultation with the practitioner.