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Doctor of Management (DMan) (Taught Doctorate Degree)

This course provides for advanced research study in the field of Management. It aims to provide aspiring managers and business specialists with key insights in to research theory and practice within the management discipline. Specifically the objectives of this course are:

To develop advanced research training and leading edge research practice and management theory at a professional and academic level.

To provide an interdisciplinary context to research, gaining support from a variety of technical, academic and disciplinary contexts.

Develop and apply key knowledge and understanding of Management theory and research practice to complex systems, both systematically and creatively, to advance and improve management theory and practice.

To enhance independent and high level learning skills and personal development (critical awareness of the limits of various research techniques via taught modules and debates) so that researchers are able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to the management discipline. 

Course Content

Students will study 540 credits of specialist study in a range of Management and research topics. The course is made up of 240 credits of taught study followed by a 300 Credit Research based thesis.

The following modules will be studied.

Credits gained from a recognized Masters Degree 120 Credits (Level 7)
Advanced Research Practice 20 Credits (Level 8)
Advanced Social Research Perspectives 20 Credits (Level 8)
Advanced Social Research Methodology 20 Credits (Level 8)
Research Paper and Proposal 60 Credits (Level 8)
Research Thesis

he DMan is awarded on successful completion of all taught elements as well as submission of a; 50,000 word Research Thesis, 5,000 word Reflective Practice Report and successful viva voce defence of the thesis.

Learning & Teaching

The modules contained within this course use a range of teaching and learning approaches. Standard lectures are used to enable core knowledge and understanding content to be delivered to the whole module cohort. This is supplemented with Seminars/ Workshops to allow exploration of all aspects of module content (knowledge, understanding, skills and other attributes) in an interactive and discursive group setting. The programme features extensive On-to-One Supervision to discuss and contextualise the taught theories with student ideas on how their research projects will progress. This is supported via the Moodle VLE, which provides access to key materials, handouts and research papers. 

The research thesis will encourage students to work within organisations in order to apply their research work in to a real life setting. Part time students will be expected to apply their research in their place of work so that companies will benefit from the investment made in attending the course. 

A significant amount of work will be required by the students through independent learning and self-study. Such study enables students to independently develop their understanding of the module concepts and to complete formative and summative exercises. 

The course Programme Director will provide strategic leadership and direction to the course during the taught component of the course. S/he will be available to each student who has specific issues regarding course content and structure. Each student will also be allocated a Supervisory Team (Director of Studies and Second Supervisor) at the outset of the programme. Students are expected to liaise with their Supervisory Team during the taught component, and to keep them abreast of progress via regular ‘milestone review meetings’.


All 20 credit taught module assessment is based upon 4,000 words or equivalent. Assessment methods are designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of theoretical, applied and professional practice issues and include coursework essays, research reports, presentations and critique. 

The 60 credit ‘Research Paper and Proposal’ module involves the production of a 7,000 word research paper and subsequent presentation at a suitable conference or academic gathering, along with the production of a concise, 1,500 word Research Degree Proposal. 

The 300 credit ‘Research Thesis’ module includes the production of a 50,000 word research thesis and 5,000 word Reflective Analysis Report. The thesis is tested via a traditional viva voce examination. 

All assessments are submitted via the Moodle VLE and are checked automatically by the Turnitin anti-plagiarism software application. 

Extensive feedback is provided on every assessment.

Employability & Careers

It is expected that many graduates from this course will go on to undertake research degree programmes and also obtain senior positions within a range of businesses managers / directors.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

The programme is designed for graduates from a range of different disciplines. The specific entry requirements include:

• A recognised Bachelor degree in a relevant subject (2.1 or above)
• 120 credits at Level 7 in a relevant subject (may provide exemption from some or all of the Level 7 module on the DMan programme)
• A recognised Masters degree in a relevant subject (may provide exemption from some or all of the Level 7 module on the DMan programme)
• A Master of Research (MRes) degree in Management

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure:
Students are normally selected on the basis of:

- a fully completed application form,

- a 2000 word research proposal which outlines their research area (see School Research website for the requirements of the proposal)

- a curriculum vitae.

Applicants will be asked to attend for interview if the research proposal and application stage is acceptable. Interviews can be held via Skype or phone with the programme director and Graduate Studies Co-ordinator before any offer is made.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

If you are interested in using credit from another institution, or have obtained qualifications and/or experience to study for a course at Cardiff Met,  you can find further information on this as well as information on how to apply on the RPL page.

Contact Us

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Professor Mark Francis:

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

Key Course Information

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Management

Course Length:
Full time (3 years)
Part time (5 years).

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