Doctor of Public Administration

2020-21 (also available for 2019-20)

This course is eligible for Doctoral loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

30 September 2019

Duration

4-7 years part time

Places available (subject to change)

This is dependent upon supervisory capacity within the subject area

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472421

The research degree

This innovative programme is a response to the growing need for professionals to differentiate themselves in the market place. Huddersfield Business School have developed a programme designed for busy senior managers to further develop both their critical thinking and research skills in the workplace. The programme comprises of a taught element followed by the production of a doctoral thesis.

The DPA is equivalent to the PhD but is centred around bridging the gap between your academic knowledge and professional practice. The programme retains emphasis on your own contribution to your organisation while enhancing your analytical and research skills.

Students receive a prestigious doctoral award and develop their skills to a very high level. The course encourages the application of sound theory and rigorous research to complex issues, and improves students’ strategic and reflective capabilities. The course develops students’ careers and offers them a USP, enabling them to apply for senior positions in organisations.

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Dr Annie Yeadon-Lee, Course Director for DBA/DPA

Course detail

The first two years comprise taught elements focussing on research skills and reflective practice, culminating in a research proposal. These elements provide the building blocks that will be utilised in the third and fourth years.

The third and fourth years are devoted to the production of a doctoral thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge. The thesis is accompanied by the preparation of a publishable journal article based on the findings within the thesis or the students learning journey. Students are also required to submit a personal impact statement that identifies an original contribution to their own practice.


The programme is delivered using an ‘action learning’ approach i.e. small groups of students working together to solve problems. These groups will meet once per month for 9 months of the year throughout the whole four years. Students will also be allocated an additional academic supervisor throughout the doctoral element. Supervisors are available for advice and feedback over and above the action learning sets.

A variety of assessment methods will be used. These include assignments, business cases, a publishable journal article, a personal impact statement and finally a doctoral thesis accompanied by a viva voce.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • Relevant Master's degree or equivalent or a relevant Postgraduate Diploma, a professional qualification in education and at least 3 years professional experience.

Research support

The University of Huddersfield has an exciting and comprehensive Research Skills Development Programme free to all postgraduate researchers. The aim of the Researcher Skills Development Programme is to support the development and knowledge of our researchers and broaden their skills base, allowing them to access tools and skills which can significantly improve employability, whether in academia or industry. The provision of the programme at The University of Huddersfield emphasises the importance of developing personal and professional transferable skills alongside the research skills and techniques necessary for your postgraduate study and research. The skills development programme is also mapped onto Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (RDF), further information about Vitae can be found here

We will offer the skills training through a programme of blended learning to optimise the opportunity presented by advancing technologies as well as face-to-face workshops and courses. The University has subscribed to Epigeum, a programme of on-line research training support designed and managed by staff at Imperial College London which will be accessed via UniLearn, the university’s Virtual Learning Environment.

Student support

Tuition fees

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