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Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Healthcare Leadership

Learn about the course below
September 2024
4 years part-time
£7,300 per year (UK)*
£9,900 (INT)*
Course leader
Dr Mary Hartog

The DBA Healthcare Leadership is for senior leaders in the NHS and healthcare organisations who can influence practice and policy, and/or, lead meaningful change in their organisations through research which they conduct.

Live practice- based research leading to organisation or systemic change, or problem-based research that will inform policy or practice is required.

What does our degree do?

The DBA equips you with the knowledge and skills to undertake research in your organisation/NHS context that is competent and robust addressing the strategic issues or wicked problems defined and through your research project make a real difference to the problem at hand.

Course Highlights

DBA Healthcare Leadership programme will support your studies by:

  • Creating and facilitating a community of practice involving tutors and your peers
  • On campus workshops covering relevant healthcare and research topics three times a year
  • Action learning sets to support small group reflection, enquiry and discussion to progress your work through each stage of the programme
  • A series of on-line lunchtime discussion on related healthcare topics.

Why choose DBA Healthcare Leadership at Middlesex?

  • To equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out a meaningful research project that addresses strategic issues or problems in your organisation
  • To develop your skills of influencing key stakeholders in your organisation and in the wider healthcare system
  • To effectively disseminate your findings to relevant stakeholders
  • To develop the skills required to publish your work
  • The programme DBA in Healthcare Leadership is designed for senior leaders and managers in the NHS and healthcare organisations who have the authority and position to influence change and create buy in from key stakeholders in the organisation and wider system as appropriate
  • A Masters Level – post graduate qualification is normally required for entry to the DBA.

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What will you study on the DBA Healthcare Leadership?

  • The DBA Healthcare Leadership is a research programme which you undertake on a part-time basis over a period of approximately four academic years. The programme 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 work context.
  • Participants research study projects are tailored to meet their own individual needs and research goals, and those of their organisation.
  • The final output for the DBA will normally be a thesis of the research undertaken.

The course is divided into three main stages: the first and the second last for nine months each, and the third continues for a minimum of 30 months.

Stage One Review (9 months): You write and present to a panel for a discussion a 5,000 word critically reflective review of your work context, the project problem area and relevant literature drawn principally from the discipline of business and management.

Stage Two Review (18 months): You write and present to a panel a 10,000 word research project proposal that will address your problem/chosen field of study, along with details of your research approach and methods.

In the third stage you progress and complete your research project, culminating in the presentation of a thesis, word count circa 60,000 to a panel. The formal discussion at this stage is known as the VIVA. Here your work will be assessed by an External and Internal examiner and the decision will made be made regarding the award of doctorate.

Candidates may withdraw from the doctoral process at stage two and be examined for the award of MProf where appropriate.

During stages one and two workshops either face to face or on-line will be provided to support your understanding and application of research methods. Other workshops will help inform you of what it means to be a reflective practitioner or how to draw on relevant literature in the field.

The Middlesex DBA in Healthcare Leadership understands that your research is grounded in your organisation and professional practice context and thus is likely to be somewhat interdisciplinary in nature. Therefore, relevant literature and source material across disciplines will most likely be applicable.

Each candidate will be allocated a Supervisory team of academic advisors, with a specialist Business School academic appointed as your Director of Studies:

Specialist subject knowledge and Supervisory support from Business School academics is typically available in areas of:

Leadership and Strategy, and Human Resource Development & Change Management, including Executive Coaching; and other Business School disciplines such as: Economics, Accounting and Finance and Marketing.

If appropriate, a second supervisor or advisor may be appointed from the Faculty of Health and Education.

How is the DBA Healthcare Leadership taught?

The course requires attendance in person once a term, three times per year, for residential sessions or tutorials (depending on whether you are part of a cohort or undertaking it individually). Aside from the on-campus sessions, access to the supervisory team can be online. You will have access to the University Researcher Development Programme and the full stack of library digital and physical resources. The final viva would usually take place in person. Overall, the mode of delivery of the programme can be described as hybrid.

In addition to being able to draw on the expertise of tutors, a possible specialist consultant, and other participants in your cohort, you will also have the support of a dedicated academic advisor throughout your period of study with us.

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Candidates will already be in senior roles in the NHS or with other healthcare providers. Senior Leadership and Board level positions may open up following successful completion of this programme.

Dr Mary Hartog
Programme Leader

Dr Mary Hartog is the programme leader for the DBA Healthcare Leadership. Mary works with a number of NHS Trusts developing and delivering bespoke Leadership and Management programmes on behalf of Middlesex University. With a Professional background in HRM, her academic areas include: Leadership, Reflective Practice and Change Management, HR and Coaching. Her doctorate from the University of Bath was by Action Research. Mary supervises DBA and DProf candidates.

Dr Julie Haddock-Millar
Visiting Professor

Dr Julie Haddock-Millar is an Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Visiting Professor at the International University of Monaco. Julie works with public sector organisations, including the NHS Leadership Academy and the National Institute of Health and Care Research to support workforce development through a range of leadership, coaching and mentoring programmes. Julie also partners with organisations such as Médecins Sans Frontières to conduct impact evaluation studies and alongside this, teaches and supervises on the Middlesex DProf programme and Monaco DBA programme. She is the EMCC Global Lead for the International Standards in Mentoring and Coaching Programmes and supports organisations such as the Royal New Zealand Air Force to develop their global workforce.

Roger Kline
Visiting Professor

Roger Kline Is a Research Fellow at Middlesex University. His research tackles racism and bullying in the NHS. He works and writes with Visiting Professor Joy Warmington CEO of BRAP, and with Visiting Professor Vijay Nath, who works with senior leaders and Leadership Boards in the NHS.

Professor Ifan Shepherd

Ifan Shepherd is Professor of GeoBusiness at Middlesex University Business School, where he is Director of the Business School's professional doctorate programmes (the DBA and DProf Professional Practice). He is the Deputy Coordinator of a major EC-funded R&D project (VALCRI), involving 17 European partners, which is developing a state-of-the-art visual analytics software system for crime analysts working in European law-enforcement agencies. His other research interests include personal branding, the transfer of training, and historical mapmaking.

Professor Paul Gooderham

Dr Paul Gooderham is Professor in Human Resources Management. He is a graduate of the University of Bergen with a doctoral degree in sociology from NTNU, University of Trondheim, Norway. He has published three editions of a co-authored textbook on international management including Global Strategy and Management (Edward Elgar) published in 2019.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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