Doctor of Business Administration, D.BA

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) ,
The Doctor of Business Administration is specifically designed for experienced practitioners in business, industry and the professions, who are seeking to engage in a part-time research-orientated programme of postgraduate study leading to the award of a professional doctorate. University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) offers the Doctor of Business Administration one-year programme.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The Doctor of Business Administration programme offered by University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) is postgraduate research programme.

As a professional doctorate, the DBA consists of two Stages: Stage 1 a taught programme taken on a part-time basis over a two year period, followed by Stage 2, a research programme which you should aim to complete in a further two year period of part-time study although the maximum period of study is 7 years.

Stage 1 DBA Taught Programme consists of six taught modules, each being completed through a four day intensive workshop plus a period of private study both before and after the workshop. During Stage 1 you will develop critical and reflective skills at doctoral level, through the requirement to think conceptually, apply critical thinking, and reasoning skills and to challenge orthodoxy relating to the body of knowledge and research relating to Management and Organisation. Action learning is incorporated within the study sessions and is an important and distinctive feature of our DBA. You will work in sets or small development groups with fellow participants throughout the Programme and also develop your skills as a critical and reflective learner.

Stage 2 DBA Research Programme - as part of the development process of your DBA project, you will have worked with the DBA staff to agree a suitable supervisory team, including a Director of Studies. This team will work with you throughout Stage 2 helping you to design and implement your own particular DBA project. This will normally take two years working on a part-time basis although you may choose to work at a pace that requires more time and you may therefore take up to five years.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 84 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

Year 1
Stage 1, Year 1 consists of modules on:
  • Research Methodologies and Design
  • Contemporary Research themes
  • Management, Rhetoric, Policy and Practice
Year 2
Stage 1, Year 2 consists of modules on:
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Literature Review
  • Qualitative Research Methods
Year 3-4
  • In Stage 2, we will help you to design and implement your own particular DBA thesis.

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To be considered for admission to the DBA Programme you should meet the following criteria:
  • Hold an approved Masters degree in business, management or in a subject that is relevant to the proposed research programme to be undertaken or hold an equivalent and relevant professional qualification
  • Have a significant level of relevant business, management or professional experience at a level appropriate to the proposed research programme
  • Demonstrate the potential to conduct research and write a thesis at doctoral level in a field which matches the areas of supervisory expertise available within the Business School
  • Demonstrate a high order of oral communications skills
  • Demonstrate a high level of motivation and a clear personal and professional rationale for undertaking the DBA programme
Provide two appropriate and satisfactory professional/academic referencesFor candidates whose first language is not English, they should provide evidence that either they possess an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5 (or an equivalent English language qualification recognised by the University) or evidence that their Masters degree was conducted entirely in English such as a sample assignment or chapter from the dissertation.

Tuition Fee

  • Full-time: N/A
  • Part-time: Years 1-4: £5000 per year, Year 5: £1000 (UK/EU)


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