"I was in a box and I didn't realise I was". How can we conceptualise the ways in which students cope with the challenges of undertaking a part-time DBA? The IICC model. How can we conceptualise the ways in which students cope with the challenges of undertaking a part-time DBA? The IICC model.

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The well-being of doctoral students is a matter of concern for the Higher Education sector, not least during the Covid pandemic. Hitherto, much of the research into doctoral students' well-being has concentrated on the experience of full-time PhD students. This paper reports on the well-being of part-time students enrolled onto a professional doctorate- the DBA. Unlike full-time campus-based doctorates, part-time professional doctorates are often remote and take longer to complete and present a range of challenges that affect their work, family life and health albeit to varying degrees. This paper set out to ascertain how British and Dutch DBA students cope with the challenges of studying for a part-time doctorate. In doing so, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was used to elicit students' expereinces of their doctoral journey. The findings point not only to the stress placed on personal well-being and family life but also the resilience of students and the sense of fulfilment that is associated with doctoral study. This paper offers a reconceptualisation of thos complex phenomenon through the IICC model.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Continuing Higher Education
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 13 Jan 2022

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