Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA),
Awarded by Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM), Spain
Masters of Philosophy (MPhil),
Awarded by Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM), Spain
Certified Business Research Professional,
Awarded by Chartered Management Institute, UK

Overview

Professionals aspiring to achieve educational excellence in their respective industries can greatly benefit from pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA). Westford Uni Online, in collaboration with UCAM, offers a comprehensive DBA program designed to enhance both theoretical understanding and practical knowledge. The program incorporates up-to-date industry-specific study materials and skill sets, providing a pathway for professionals to augment their expertise.

With a focus on research, the program encompasses five main research areas and offers over 60 specializations, catering to the diverse interests and backgrounds of experienced professionals. By emphasizing research-centric opportunities, the DBA program empowers participants to delve deep into their chosen field of study, leveraging their years of industry experience.

This DBA program equips professionals with cutting-edge theories and enables them to implement best practices into their daily business routines. Additionally, participants have the unique opportunity to publish their research papers in Westford’s annual Research Journal, showcasing their scholarly contributions to the academic community.

To ensure a balanced work-life-study dynamic, the program is thoughtfully structured to accommodate professionals’ commitments. Moreover, the inclusion of on-site workshops adds value to the overall learning experience, fostering networking opportunities and practical skill development.

Learning Stage – Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

In the initial part of the programme, participants dedicate their efforts to acquiring the essential theoretical knowledge necessary for undertaking their research project. This phase of the program consists of six modules, each worth 60 ECTS credits, which are granted upon successful completion. Upon reaching the culmination of this learning stage, students have the choice to conclude their academic journey. At this milestone, researchers receive a Certified Business Research Professional certification from the prestigious Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in the United Kingdom, in addition to attaining an MPhil degree.
Module List
In the first year of the DBA program, participants undertake five modules that collectively contribute to a total of 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). These modules primarily concentrate on equipping students with essential knowledge and skills related to research methods and methodologies necessary for conducting in-depth research within their chosen field of specialization.
Module Credits
Research Methodology and Methods
  • To explore the main research philosophies and paradigms within the field of management research
  • To critically understand the methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis
  • To demonstrate advanced skills in data handling, using appropriate statistical software
  • To demonstrate high-level skills in qualitative research methods
  • To demonstrate deep competence in quantitative research methods
10
Research Issues within Contemporary Management
  • To explore the main research philosophies and paradigms within the field of management research
  • To critically understand the methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis
  • To demonstrate advanced skills in data handling, using appropriate statistical software
  • To demonstrate high-level skills in qualitative research methods
  • To demonstrate deep competence in quantitative research methods
10
Interim Research Project (Pilot Study)
  • To explore the main research philosophies and paradigms within the field of management research
  • To critically understand the methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis
  • To demonstrate advanced skills in data handling, using appropriate statistical software
  • To demonstrate high-level skills in qualitative research methods
  • To demonstrate deep competence in quantitative research methods
10
Designing a Research Project (Thesis Proposal)
  • To explore the main research philosophies and paradigms within the field of management research
  • To critically understand the methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis
  • To demonstrate advanced skills in data handling, using appropriate statistical software
  • To demonstrate high-level skills in qualitative research methods
  • To demonstrate deep competence in quantitative research methods
20
Developing as a Researcher (Individual Reflection)
  • To explore the main research philosophies and paradigms within the field of management research
  • To critically understand the methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis
  • To demonstrate advanced skills in data handling, using appropriate statistical software
  • To demonstrate high-level skills in qualitative research methods
  • To demonstrate deep competence in quantitative research methods
10

Research Stage – Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

This stage of the DBA program places a strong emphasis on research within the learners’ chosen field of study. Westford provides participants with the opportunity to delve into five key research areas, each offering various sub-categories that aid researchers in narrowing down their research topic. This stage of the program encompasses a total of 120 ECTS credits, which are awarded upon the submission of the final research paper. The research process typically spans a period of up to three years, allowing participants to engage in an enriching academic journey. Throughout this duration, researchers are assigned research supervisors who provide dedicated support and offer valuable research-oriented insights, thereby enhancing the overall quality of the learners’ research endeavours.
Module List
Module Credits
Practice Based Thesis 120
* Maximum duration to complete the research is 3 years with a minimum time frame of 1 year.

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    Study mode

    100% Online Synchronous
    Learning

    Duration

    Learning Stage: 1 year,
    Research Stage: 2 Years

    Credits

    180 ECTS
    M. Phil Certification upon completion of First year – 60 ECTS (Optional) WES Approved

    Research Areas:

    • Operations & Supply Chain Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Marketing Management
    • Strategic management
    • Risk Management
    • Project Management
    • Accounting & Finance
    • Healthcare Management
    • Stakeholder Management
    • Organizational Development and Change Management
    • Travel and Tourism
    • Family Business
    • International Business
    • Educational Management
    • Production Management
    • Virtual Leadership
    • Transformational Leadership
    • Succession Planning
    • Leading Innovation & Change
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Ethical Leadership
    • Equity and Inclusion
    • Upskilling and Reskilling
    • Cross-cultural leadership
    • Servant Leadership
    • Public Administration and Change
    • Judgment and Decision-Making
    • Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
    • Data Analytics
    • Blockchain Technology
    • Cyber Security
    • FinTech / Decentralized Finance
    • Digital Marketing
    • SMEs – Role, impact, challenges in sustaining etc.
    • Entrepreneurship Eco Hubs
    • Start-ups – Growth, impact, financing challenges
    • Incubators & accelerators
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Women Entrepreneurs – Challenges and Opportunities
    • Market Research
    • Innovation Culture
    • Business Ideation
    • Incremental & Disruptive Innovation
    • Creativity and Innovation
    • Franchising and Micro-business
    • Grassroots Entrepreneurship
    • Triple Bottom Line
    • Sustainability Reporting
    • Green Finance and Sustainable Investments
    • Corporate Ethics
    • Eco – Certifications and Third-Party endorsements
    • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    • Ethical Sourcing
    • Green Marketing or Greenwashing
    • Corporate Social Responsibility
    • Waste Management
    • Fairtrade
    • Sustainable Production and Consumption
    • Circular Economy
    • Stakeholder Management
    • Future of Renewable Energy – in production and consumption
    • Risk Management – Operational and Reputational associated with ethics and compliance
    • Creating Shared Value
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Industry 5.0
    • Energy Finance

    Entry Requirements

    • Candidates must have an MBA or master’s degree or equivalent from recognized institutions.
    • Candidates must have at least three years of work experience at a managerial level.
    • Candidates must have a thorough command of written and spoken English. English level: 6.0 IELTS or equivalent.

    Educational Partner

    Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia, Spain (UCAM)

    UCAM is a university with excellence based out of Murcia, Spain. Starting in the year 1995, UCAM has an active student base of 21,000 learners and has an academic staff of more than 1000. It is a fully accredited European University with a clear mission to provide students with knowledge and skills to serve society, contributing to the further expansion of Human Knowledge through research and development. UCAM empowers students to develop their real-world skills.

    Why UCAM?
    • UCAM is accredited by ANECA (National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain)
    • UCAM has around 200 renowned international strategic partners, including leading colleges and universities in the world, such as UC Berkeley, Stanford, NTU, NUS and Università Degli Studi di Bologna.
    • UCAM has been awarded an overall score of 4 stars in the QS Stars Rating and obtains the highest rating (5 stars) in the categories of teaching, internationalisation, social responsibility, and inclusiveness.
    • UCAM was ranked tenth by Times Higher Education (THE) Times Higher Education (THE) in quality of teaching and student general assessment.

    Chartered Management Institute (CMI), UK

    The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) works with business and education to inspire people to become skilled, confident, and successful managers and leaders. Chartered Management Institute is the only chartered professional body dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. Over 100,000 managers use CMI’s unique services daily. Organizations like Jaguar, Land Rover, Royal Bank of Scotland, Fujitsu, Allianz, Silverstone, Royal Air Force, London South Bank and Royal College of Physicians use Chartered Management Institute certifications for certifying their professionals.

    Key Highlights

    • CMI promotes the highest standards in management and leadership excellence.
    • It is the ultimate management accolade backed by a unique royal charter.
    • Provides practical insight for both today’s leaders and the next generation.
    • Currently has 100k active learners and boasts 12000+ Chartered managers.
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    Why UCAM?

    UCAM is accredited by ANECA (National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain)

    UCAM has around 200 renowned international strategic partners, including leading colleges and universities in the world, such as UC Berkeley, Stanford, NTU, NUS and Università Degli Studi di Bologna.

    UCAM has been awarded an overall score of 4 stars in the QS Stars Rating and obtains the highest rating (5 stars) in the categories of teaching, internationalisation, social responsibility, and inclusiveness.

    UCAM was ranked tenth by Times Higher Education (THE) Times Higher Education (THE) in quality of teaching and student general assessment.

    Fees


    20% Loyalty discount for members of MBA alumni of Westford Uni Online.

    Westford Uni Online Research Journals

    Professionals pursuing a DBA with Westford Uni Online have the valuable opportunity to submit their research papers to Westford’s own Online Research Journal. This scholarly journal follows a rigorous blind peer-review process and is published bi-annually. It provides an open-access platform for researchers to share their work with a wide audience and contribute to the academic community.

    Annual Research & Leadership Boot Camp

    Westford Uni Online organizes an annual ‘Research Leadership Boot Camp,’ a dynamic two-day Research Forum that serves as a platform for experts to identify trends, generate ideas, and discuss strategies for enhancing universities and research organizations. The forum aims to gain a comprehensive understanding of how global education and research institutions contribute to innovation and competitiveness. It fosters an environment of collaboration, enabling participants to form new partnerships and engage in meaningful discussions.

    This initiative also provides global visibility to relevant experiences and original thought in the field, showcasing the diverse perspectives and innovative approaches within the research community. Through knowledge sharing and networking opportunities, the Research Leadership Boot Camp promotes the exchange of ideas, encourages forward-thinking discussions, and strengthens the global network of education and research professionals.

    The outstanding support I've received from both faculty and
    The outstanding support I’ve received from both faculty and students has been one of the most impressive aspects of the UCAM DBA programme at Westford. The faculty members have been professional, knowledgeable, and responsive to my needs throughout the programme, allowing me to progress smoothly in my research journey. I must thank my supervisor for his unwavering efforts in guiding me through the programme.

    Go Thian Seng (Alan)

    Education Strategic Management Consultant, Eduvalue Pte Ltd

    I chose to undertake my Doctoral program the Doctor of Business
    I chose to undertake my Doctoral program the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) through Westford because of its Global presence and its agility. I was also attracted to the highly experienced faculty and its ability to attract global leaders who are peer learners.
    This brings diversity to the learning process and great insights from across the regions.

    Cleopas Chiketa

    Director - Human Resources & Administration, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ)

    Westford certainly makes world class tertiary education reachable.
    Westford certainly makes world class tertiary education reachable. The flexibility of the course and the program design is undoubtedly one of the best in the world. Having a doctorate opens many doors and opportunities, for me, within my profession. The greatest benefit is that I can now make a direct impact in my field of work. By doing the research and analysing it, I can now confidently contribute to my field and hopefully make a positive impact on someone’s life.

    Fazela Sahib – Smith

    Medical Team Leader, Advanced Care Paramedic

    International,Excellent and Balanced Faculty

    At Westford Uni Online, our faculty is dedicated to fostering an exceptional learning environment. Our educators, hailing from diverse ethnic backgrounds, contribute to the vibrant multicultural setting that we strive to cultivate for our students. Going beyond their roles as professors, they also serve as mentors, offering guidance and support that extends beyond their areas of expertise. This ensures that students continue to make progress and thrive throughout their educational journeys. We believe that this holistic approach to education enhances the overall learning experience and empowers our students to reach their full potential.

    About DBA

    A DBA is a doctorate is one of the highest levels of educational degree in business and administration. It is designed to enhance

    with an international scope and reputation, designed to enhance executive and professional practice through the application of sound theory and rigorous research into real and complex issues in business and management. Part-time DBA program enhances the capability of the learners to develop knowledge theory, their application in business. Key aspect of the program is to develop personal, consultancy and research skills in the context of rigorous and relevant research.

    DBAs are driven by a desire to ignite real change in their companies or fields through data-driven decision-making. The online or part-time program will be of particular benefit to experienced C-level executives, senior managers, department heads, consultants, management educators and entrepreneurs. The DBA degree experience challenges the learner to sharpen critical and analytical expertise. You will develop your skills in research to become an expert in your domain with a proven ability to think outside the box.
    The DBA is an executive-level program designed for working professionals with extensive managerial experience as well as a master’s degree, who are looking to advance further in their career. DBA program has both the rigour and relevance as it contributes to theory, practice and research in business and management. The online or part-time DBA program is a full-fledged Doctoral degree, but contrary to the Ph.D., there is a focus on professional experience. The PhD program is targeted towards those interested in pursuing research-focused careers in academia.
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