QAA and Professional Academic Standards and Quality

QAA and Professional Academic Standards and Quality

The programme has been designed according to the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education 2011 (QAA) Doctoral Degrees Characteristics (2011) and FHEQ (2008) Qualification Descriptor for Level 8. The guidelines published by the Association of Business Schools for DBA (2005) and the QAA Code of Practice for PG Research Programmes have also informed the design of the programme. Thus, ‘the main focus of the candidate’s work [should] be their contribution to knowledge in their discipline or field, through original research, or the original application of existing knowledge or understanding. In professional and practice-based doctorates the research may be undertaken in the workplace and so have a direct effect on organisational policy and change, as well as improving personal practice.’
QAA, 2011; www.qaa.ac.uk.