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Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

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What you'll learn

Elevate your career and attain the highest qualification in the field of business and management with the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme, offered and conferred by the University of Central Lancashire. Tailored for senior managers and consultants seeking to advance their knowledge while maintaining full-time employment, the DBA is an intensive, research-oriented programme ideal for individuals pursuing advanced business administration qualifications following an MBA. This programme delivers a comprehensive grounding in diverse business domains, encompassing management, marketing, finance, and operations. Students can anticipate gaining valuable insights into real-world business scenarios, equipping them to make well-informed decisions and effectively address complex challenges.

Your educational journey will encompass:

  • Lectures and directed reading.
  • Collaborative group activities.
  • Analysis of case studies.
  • Multimedia resources, including videos.
  • Examination of contemporary events and student presentations.

You will cultivate practical research skills while critically assessing industry-related challenges. During the programme, students benefit from the guidance and feedback of seasoned academics and industry experts on their research projects. The programme is conducted through Blended sessions, online webinars and self-directed study, affording students the flexibility to harmonise their academic pursuits with their work and personal responsibilities.

Doctor of Business Administration is awarded and delivered by the University of Central Lancashire. EDVORO partners with CEG to promote this Doctor of Business Administration programme. 

About Awarding Body


Founded in 1828, the University of Central Lancashire is a public university based in Preston, Lancashire, England. Today, UCLAN is one of the largest in the United Kingdom, with a student and staff community of nearly 38,000. At present, the University has academic partners in all regions of the globe, and it is on a world stage that the first-class quality of its education was first recognised. In 2010, UCLAN became the first UK modern Higher Education institution to appear in the QS World University Rankings. In 2018, the Centre for World University Rankings estimated Central Lancashire to be in the top 3.7 per cent of all global universities, highlighting the growth the University has made in offering students real-world learning experiences and reflecting the University’s extensive pool of academic talent.

  • Ranked in the top 7% of universities worldwide.
  • Student Communities from more than 100 countries
  • WES Recognised
About Qualifi

Qualifi is a UK Government (Ofqual.gov.uk) regulated awarding organisation and has developed a reputation for supporting relevant skills in a range of job roles and industries, including Leadership, Enterprise and Management, Hospitality and catering, Health and Social Care, Business Process Outsourcing and Public Services. Qualifi is also a signatory to BIS international commitments of quality. The following are the key facts about Qualifi.

  • Regulated by Ofqual.gov.uk
  • World Education Services (WES) Recognised


  • Assignments and Project
  • No examinations

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should normally have a Master's degree or equivalent and work in or have recently worked with in business administration.
  • If English is not your first language, you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification.  


Upon completing the doctorate programme, learners will possess the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue various career opportunities in administration, management research, etc. One can choose from various positions upon successfully completing a DBA. Some of the most notable career paths are Professor and Postdoctoral Researcher, Market Research Analyst, Economic Analyst, etc.

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Course Content

Phase 1: Qualifi Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership

Programme Structure

The course is structured around eight mandatory units, encompassing various topics aligned with learning outcomes. Each unit holds a value of 20 credits. Learners can participate in lectures and workshops to familiarize themselves with the subject. Attaining a total of 160 credits by completing all units is a prerequisite for the issuance of the Diploma.

  • Unit 800: Leadership Qualities and Practice

Unit code: A/506/9126

This unit delves into the connections between leadership and management within strategic operations. It scrutinizes various leadership styles, their underlying principles, and associated concepts. The unit also investigates methods to assess and enhance team performance to achieve strategic business and operational goals. Additionally, it encompasses the interplay between strategic management and leadership, containing crucial leadership principles, theories, and their alignment with organizational strategy.

  • Unit 701: Research Methods

Unit code: Y/506/9134

The objective of this unit is to enhance the learner's knowledge and comprehension of academic practices and research methodologies. It employs a problem-based learning approach to cultivate practical proficiency in areas relevant to educational practice and research in business and management.

  • Unit 801: Personal Leadership Development as a Strategic Manager

Unit code: F/506/9127

This unit focuses on the strategic leadership skills essential for directors and senior managers to effectively guide international organizational strategic initiatives, collaborating with partners, buyers, suppliers, customers, and competitors.

  • Unit 802: Strategy Development in Cross Border and Global Organisations

Unit code: F/506/9130

This unit tackles formulating strategies for cross-border or global organizations, which encounter complexities stemming from political, religious, cultural, and social differences, as well as the management of organizations operating within specific country boundaries.

  • Unit 803: Strategic Planning for Cross Border and Global Organisations

Unit code: L/506/9132

This unit scrutinises the diverse influences and effects on cross-border or global organisations and how they contribute to the development of successful strategies and the mitigation of risks.

  • Unit 804: Strategic Direction in Cross Border and Global Organisations

Unit code: R/506/9133

This unit provides senior strategic managers with the opportunity to delve into the influences and effects of cross-border and global policy and strategy. It aims to facilitate enhancements in establishing direction, shaping the approach, and forecasting the success of cross-border or worldwide policy and procedure.

  • Unit 805: Strategic Communication

Unit code: L/506/9129

The unit aims to develop the ability to critically assess and appreciate the impact of media on international organisations. It considers stakeholders, political and pressure groups, as well as the part played by media owners.

  • Unit 806: Culture and its Impact on Strategy

Unit code: J/506/9128

This unit strives to foster a profound comprehension of the intricacies faced by internationally operating organizations and how this impacts the strategy development process. It employs well-reasoned and thoroughly researched perspectives to cultivate alternative viewpoints.


Phase 2 - Doctor of Business Administration

Programme Structure

Stage 1 - Taught component

  • The Reflexive Practitioner
  • Management, Rhetoric, Policy and Practice
  • Research Methodologies and Design
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Accordion Title

Stage 2 - Research component

  • The Reflexive Practitioner


Mode of Learning

Mode of Learning

The Doctor of Business Administration is awarded and delivered by the University of Central Lancashire. This doctorate from the University of Central Lancashire is offered as a block teaching and research programme. The DBA will run at the Preston Campus of the University. You'll have full access to the Library and information resources of the University throughout the DBA and may use all social, cultural and sports facilities of the University.

Stage 1 - Taught component

The 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 - Research component

The 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.

Resources and Support

Edvoro is committed to providing unwavering support throughout your educational journey. Our dedicated support team is a crucial link between tutors and learners, ensuring that guidance, assessment feedback, and additional study assistance are delivered promptly and effectively. When a learner submits a support request via the support desk portal for advice, assessment feedback, or any other service, one of the support team members assigns the request to an appropriate tutor. Once the support team receives a response from the allocated tutor, the information is promptly made accessible to the learner through the portal. This structured support system is designed to assist learners and streamline support processes efficiently.

Edvoro's competitive edge is enhanced by the high-quality learning materials crafted by industry experts. The learning materials encompass well-structured pathway books, letter notes, practical applications with real-world examples, and case studies that empower learners to apply their knowledge effectively. Learning materials are conveniently accessible in one of three formats, PDF, PowerPoint, or Interactive Text Content, through the learning portal, providing learners with versatile options for accessing and engaging with the content.

  • Duration 3 - 4 Years
  • Credits 540
  • Accreditation Ofqual.Gov.UK
  • Intake January / September
  • Study Mode Online / Blended
  • Course Materials: Well Structured
  • All Inclusive Cost Yes
  • Tutor Desk Yes
  • Support Desk Yes
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