DBA in Project and Programme Management




The DBA in Project and Programme Management is divided into two parts and can be studied over a minimum of 6 semesters (3 years) 



The aim of Part 1 is to write and agree your research proposal as a basis for progressing to Part 2. 

DBA - Courses

During Part 1 pick 6 research methods courses out of the 8 available below:
  • Thesis Management - Writing for Success
  • Qualitative and Mixed Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Case Study Research
  • Systems Modelling and the 9 Schools of Project Management

Executive PhD - Assessed elements

In Part 1 there are 5 compulsory elements of work : 
  • A critique of a DBA thesis in a topic area similar to the one you wish to study
  • A critique of a DBA thesis using a methodology similar to the one you propose
  • A working paper summarising the findings from your preliminary literature search
  • Your research proposal
  • The defence of your research proposal before a jury
In order to be able to progress to Part 2 you must score a weighted average score of 60% on the 5 assessed elements of work.

DBA - Mentoring workshops

Regular mentoring workshops are held, to help with the preparation of your research proposal. It is compulsory to attend at least one to defend your research proposal.
Doctoral Seminar
Every August there is a doctoral seminar, which aims to give an overview of current research topics in Project Management. You are encouraged to attend the seminar every year 



The duration for Part 1 is 3 semesters.

PART 2  


The aim of Part 2 is to gather and analyse your data, write your thesis and defend it before a jury. 


There are 3 outputs for Part 2:
  • To present a paper at an approved (peer reviewed) research conference
  • To write your thesis
  • To successfully defend your thesis before a jury
You must present a paper at an approved peer reviewed research conference before you submit your thesis.

Mentoring workshops

You are invited to attend a mentoring workshop as a practice defence.

Doctoral Seminar

You are invited to continue to attend the doctoral seminars in August.


The minimum duration for Part 2 is 3 semesters and the maximum is 11 semesters,
giving a minimum duration for the total programme of 3 years and a maximum of 7 years.



The tuition fees are €5,000 a semester in Part 1 and €4,000 a semester in Part 2, giving a total fee of €29,000 if the programme is completed in the minimum of 6 semesters.
SKEMA does not offer scholarships or assistantships.
The part-time structure of the programme enables people to work and study at the same time so they can financially support themselves and their families through their work.


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