Finding an appropriate supervisor who is an expert in your chosen area of research is essential to success on the Executive DBA and is an important part of the application process.
As part of the application process we recommend that you look into those Academic Groups and individual academic members of staff who specialise in your intended area of research. This will enable you to determine whether there is a good match between your research interest and ABS.
The research interests of all members of academic staff can be found via the Academic Groups.
If there is a member of staff whose research interest matches your own, we recommend that you contact them directly with a copy of your research proposal and discuss this further with them. This will allow you to develop and strengthen your proposal and may lead to the academic offering to supervise your doctoral research. When approaching an academic remember to articulate your own research interests and show a willingness to further develop your proposal as well as convincing them that your research will be in their area of expertise. Not all academic members of staff will have vacancies for doctoral researchers and whether you are taken on by the academic for supervision will depend on the quality of your proposal and how closely your proposal fits with their own research interests.
In addition to contacting a prospective supervisor you also need to submit a formal application to the Executive DBA office. If you are successful in identifying a supervisor through this method it is essential that you indicate this on your application form. Please be advised that a formal decision on your application can only be made once the application is received and processed by the Executive DBA office.
We look forward to receiving your application. If you have any queries in the meantime, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0121 204 3354.