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University of Buckingham: Professional Doctorate in Operational Excellence

Institution University of Buckingham
Department Business Management
Telephone 01280 820227
Study type Research


The University of Buckingham is:

  • We are proudly independent and not-for-profit, and offer courses in Allied Health, Business, Computing, Education, Humanities, Law, Medicine, Psychology and Security and Intelligence. We are one of the few universities in the UK that offer September and January start dates for almost all of our courses.

  • Based in Buckingham on a riverside campus, we are only 20 minutes’ from Milton Keynes central station and a short drive from Bicester, Aylesbury, Banbury and Northampton. There is free parking on-site and we are within easy reach of London and Oxford.

  • Our award-winning small class tutorials ensure every student is known by name and supported throughout their studies, including by dedicated personal tutors.

  • As pioneers of the two-year degree, we offer a condensed version of the traditional three-year degree, meaning you can gain a full honours degree and complete your studies a whole year earlier. Alternatively, you can complete both your undergraduate and master’s degree with us in just three years: saving you time and money.

The Professional Doctorate in Operational Excellence is a unique part-time degree designed to enhance professional education and practice through rigorous research into complex management issues. It is envisaged that students holding the Professional Doctorate will ultimately lead communities of practice in their specialist profession.This programme is aimed at senior business professionals aiming to take their career to the next level. The Professional Doctorate award is distinct from a PhD award in the following respects:

  • The Professional Doctorate typically focuses on research ‘in’ rather than research ‘on’ organisations.

  • The thesis produced at the end of the programme will make an original contribution to practice within the relevant professional area or areas.

  • Considerable weight is given to the taught components of the programme.

  • Employers will benefit from supporting students on the programme developing and retaining key talent and building knowledge for competitive advantage.

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