Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Enhance your career and earn the highest qualification available in business and management. The Doctor of Business Administration taught and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire is designed for senior managers and consultants who wish to learn and earn an advanced administration level while working full-time. DBA is a demanding research-based programme suitable for candidates pursuing higher-level business administration qualifications after an MBA. This programme provides a solid foundation in various aspects of business, including management, marketing, finance, and operations. Students can expect to gain practical insights into real-world business scenarios, enabling them to make informed decisions and solve complex problems effectively.

You're learning journey will include:

  • Lectures and guided reading.
  • Active group work.
  • Case studies.
  • Videos.
  • Reviews of current events and student presentations. 

You'll develop applied research skills as you evaluate industry-related problems critically. Throughout the programme, students receive support from experienced academics and industry professionals who provide guidance and feedback on their research projects. The programme is delivered through online webinars and independent study, allowing students to balance their studies with work and personal commitments.

Doctor of Business Administration is awarded and delivered by the University of Central Lancashire. School of Business and Technology London partners with Chestnut Education Group to promote this Doctor of Business Administration programme. 

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

Qualifi is a UK Government ( 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
  • World Education Services (WES) Recognised
  • Assignments and Project
  • No examination
  • 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.

Learners must request before enrolment to interchange unit(s) other than the preselected units shown in the SBTL website because we need to make sure the availability of learning materials for the requested unit(s). SBTL will reject an application if the learning materials for the requested interchange unit(s) are unavailable.

Learners are not allowed to make any request to interchange unit(s) once enrolment is complete.

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



Delivery Methods

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

School of Business & Technology London is dedicated to offering excellent support on every step of your learning journey. School of Business & Technology London occupies a centralised tutor support desk portal. Our support team liaises with both tutors and learners to provide guidance, assessment feedback, and any other study support adequately and promptly. Once a learner raises a support request through the support desk portal (Be it for guidance, assessment feedback or any additional assistance), one of the support team members assign the relevant to request to an allocated tutor. As soon as the support receives a response from the allocated tutor, it will be made available to the learner in the portal. The support desk system is in place to assist the learners adequately and streamline all the support processes efficiently.

Quality learning materials made by industry experts is a significant competitive edge of the School of Business & Technology London. Quality learning materials comprised of structured lecture notes, study guides, practical applications which includes real-world examples, and case studies that will enable you to apply your knowledge. Learning materials are provided in one of the three formats, such as PDF, PowerPoint, or Interactive Text Content on the learning portal.

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