The Business Doctorate (BusD) is a four-year programme designed specifically for accomplished, senior executive-level business leaders who have built or lead major companies and wish to embark on a rigorous programme of research on a highly relevant business or societal issue. We would expect candidates to have substantial experience in leadership positions (normally in the region of 20 years' experience) and to provide evidence that they have led major initiatives in their organisations. For further information please visit: https://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/programmes/research-programmes/busd/
The Business Doctorate (BusD) lasts four years. During the first year, you will be resident in Cambridge and will take tailored coursework covering research methods and relevant academic literature to enable you to carry out independent and high-calibre research. At the end of the first year you will be required to produce and defend a final research proposal for your doctoral dissertation. Continuation to the BusD years two to four will be subject to satisfactory performance during the first year. In years two to four you will undertake work-based research in relation to your thesis. During years two to four you must be resident in Cambridge for at least four weeks per year. When not in residence, you are required to keep in regular contact with supervisors while collecting and analysing data in the business environment. When absent from Cambridge you must apply for formal "Leave to Work Away".
A progress report will also be submitted at the end of year two and three. In year four of the programme you will submit your thesis. It is important to note that the programme is not part-time, although you may be flexible about managing your workload and integrating the programme within your existing commitments. It is expected that over the duration of the BusD, your total time commitment will be equivalent to the full-time PhD. The Certificate of Postgraduate Studies will be available to candidates successfully completing the first year requirements but not continuing to the BusD.
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Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
We will normally require a masters degree but will consider applications of candidates with an undergraduate degree equivalent to a good 2:1 honours degree at a UK university, provided they can demonstrate exceptional personal achievements relevant to their research proposal. We would expect candidates to have substantial experience in leadership positions (normally in the region of 20 years' experience) and to provide evidence that they have led major initiatives in their organisations. For further information please visit: https://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/programmes/research-programmes/busd/applying/
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