Programme structure

The part-time Doctorate in Business Administration is a four-year programme split into a learning stage and a research stage – giving you the tools and skills you need to carry out individual and guided thesis work.

It is designed to be flexible. A large part of the programme is self-study – which you can do alongside your professional activities – and there are a few residential sessions each year. You’ll develop a close working partnership with your supervisors – and you’ll be supported by a guidance and doctoral committee.





Stage one: Learning

You’ll start by developing the skills and knowledge you need to carry out innovative, ground-breaking doctoral research and write your thesis. You’ll take part in online and campus-based modules and seminars and start putting your research proposal together.

Block one:
Build your research capacity
Modules:
  • Introduction to academic research
  • Quantitative research I & II
  • Qualitative research
  • Studying organisations & individuals 

You have to take the introduction module first. Then you can take the other modules in any order.

You can replace a module with an equivalent course or gain an exemption – as long as you get approval from your supervisors and doctoral committee.

Block two:
Engage in the academic community

Give a presentation at the DBA conference.

Block three:
Your doctoral assignments
  • Write a literature review
  • Carry out a pilot study
  • Take a written exam on a reading list specific to your field
  • Prepare your research proposal and impact plan
  • Present at the research proposal seminar
Block four:
Your personal and professional ambitions

Take advantage of business and research events that are relevant to your field and suit your ambitions.

You can combine activities from the following tracks designed to enhance specific skills:
  • Teaching track
  • Research track
  • Business track
Stage two: Research

This stage is focused on researching and developing your thesis – which you’ll go on to present at conferences and defend in front of an examination board.

Block one:
Build your research capacity

Carry out your thesis work with the help of your supervisors and guidance committee.

Block two:
Engage in the academic community

Give a presentation at a conference.

Block three:
Your doctoral assignments
  • Discuss your progress with your guidance committee in a first and second doctoral seminar
  • Take part in a pre-defence session at Ghent University or KU Leuven
  • Formally present your research in your PhD defence at Ghent University or KU Leuven
Block four:
Your personal and professional ambitions

Take advantage of business and research events that are relevant to your field and suit your ambitions.

As within the learning stage, you can combine events from the following tracks designed to enhance specific skills:
  • Teaching track
  • Research track
  • Business track
A tailor-made programme

Your research is unique to you – and so is the DBA programme. You’ll have the opportunity to put together your own personal growth package of research, business and teaching electives that meets your needs and ambitions. You can get involved in local and international academic conferences, research events and networking. And if you plan to take your career in an academic direction and want to teach to students, you’ll be invited to attend teaching skills seminars.

Accreditations
& Rankings

Equis Association of MBAs AACSB Financial Times