Doctor of Business Administration  DBA

Doctor of Business Administration DBA

School of Management


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

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    Four-Seven years

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    Mixed Mode, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

The DBA 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. The DBA is regarded as being the same status as the more commonly known PhD and permits you to use the title of ‘Dr.’ upon satisfactory completion.

Entry Requirements

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 references

For 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.

Programme at a Glance

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


Years 3-4

In Stage 2, we will help you to design and implement your own particular DBA thesis.

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

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.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2017/18

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £5,000 per year 1-4 £1000 per year thereafter

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The DBA will run on the Preston Campus of the University and is based within Lancashire Business School. Stage 1 consists of a two year taught programme with tuition provided in 3 x 4 day blocks per year. Students have full access to the library and information resources of the University throughout the DBA and in addition may use all social, cultural and sports facilities of the University.

Assessment in Stage 1 will consist of individual assignments rather than formal examinations. Once you have passed all of the taught modules and have had your DBA project proposal approved, you then progress on to Stage 2 of the DBA. Assessment at Stage 2 will by via examination of the submitted thesis.