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Doctor of Management (DMan) (Taught Doctorate Degree)


Key Facts

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Management

Course Length:
36 months Full time, up to 8 years Part Time.

Course Overview

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 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                                                                                            300 Credits (Level 8) 

The DMan is awarded on successful completion of all taught elements as well as submission of a; 5000 word research paper, a 12,000 word research proposal and, a 50,000 word Research Thesis.

Learning & Teaching

The modules contained within this course use a wide range of teaching and learning approaches. Standard lectures are supplemented by group discussion and group problem solving exercises and group games in order to consolidate learning and apply theory in to a range of research environments. Collaboration with companies and discussions with successful Managers from a wide range of businesses and organisations will provide an enhanced view of the practical world of management and will assist in defining the topic area of the research thesis. 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. During these periods the supplemented by the Moodle VLE where key texts and research papers will be available for students to use.

Each student will be supported by the allocation of a personal tutor who will provide pastoral support for the student's time on the course. The Course Director will also provide strategic leadership and direction to the course and will be available to each student who has specific issues regarding course content and structure.


All taught module assessment is based upon 6000 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, systems analysis and the design of interventions, research reports, presentations and critique. 

The independent research element of the programme consists of a: 5000 word research paper (plus presentation) to be submitted to a suitable conference / journal; a 12,000 word research proposal which outlines the key issues around the research work to be undertaken and, the research thesis which will be presented as a traditional 50,000 word thesis and tested via a traditional viva voce examination.

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.

Additional Information

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to 

Part-time fees:
Charges are per Single Module unless specified:
Undergraduate = 10 Credits; Postgraduate = 20 Credits

Generally we find most students will complete 60 credits per year for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate study; to obtain a true costing please clarify this by contacting the Programme Director directly. 

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

Full terms & conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting