Program Title: Extended Research Diploma in Public Policy, Strategic Management and Leadership (QCF)
Course Level: 8
Total Credits: 160
GLH (Guided Learning Hour): 1600

The course emphasis has been on the critical management studies as an extensive grouping of theoretically informed critiques of management, business and organisation, grounded in a critical theory perspective taking into various geographies, cultural contexts, and prevailing standard operating practices into the account. The course relates to emerging practices in contemporary management and critical theories underpinning a wide range of perspectives from the Frankfurt School of critical theory and queer theory to post-colonial theory and post-modernism.

The idea is the learners will be able to find some of the discourses under the critical management studies really engaging; the critical theories draw on post-structuralism and symbolic interactionism in order to develop a cultural and anthropological understanding of contemporary organizations. The entry of different theoretical tools and political perspectives into the current discourse on management such as the politics of managerialism and to link the techniques of management to neo-liberalism have been really noteworthy.

Our purpose is to provide a program of rigor and quality that serves the needs of faculty and potential faculty in institutions of higher education which place primary emphasis on teaching effectiveness and encourage an active approach to the integration of Christian values/faith into the business classroom.

We have designed a program format that is both rigorous and a realistic alternative for individuals who are working full-time in higher education or in industry or in public life but desire a doctoral program in an academic discipline through Level 8 progression route.

Goals of our program include:
  • Provide a strong theoretical understanding of business disciplines.
  • Improve student learning by increasing the pedagogical abilities of students.
  • Develop an increased appreciation of scholarly research and writing within individual students.
Program Outcomes
Graduates of the Level 8 program will be able to:
  • Demonstrate mastery of the business common bodies of knowledge at an advanced level
  • Apply complex research and practice-based information to organizations
  • Integrate and analyze complex research and practice-based information valuable to business practitioners
  • Develop effective strategies for organizations, clients, or students
The Level 8 curriculum requires 180 credits beyond an MBA (or an equivalent management-related master's degree program). Level 8 Application Filing Period
APR accepts application round through the year. New students may enter classes at the beginning of each quarter or intersession. However, some of our learning centres and course delivery partners may insist on specific admission application deadlines for each quarter are as follows.
  • Fall Quarter (September – December) – August 1
  • Winter Quarter (January – March) – November 1
  • Spring Quarter (March – May) – February 1
  • Summer Quarter (June – August) – May 1
Applicants are reviewed without regard to age, color, creed, marital status, national or ethnic origin, physical handicap, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Admission Requirements
Students admitted into the Level 8 program must demonstrate evidence of their ability to pursue graduate level work at the doctoral level. Thus, students are required to possess a master’s degree in the discipline of business administration, management or related areas. However, a candidate with a Bachelor Honours or a Level 7 or an equivalent qualification with adequate work experience can be considered for this. The degree or award must be from institution either accredited by an UK awarding body or EU recognised qualification under ECTS or an equivalent or an organisation or a regional or national association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or a foreign school/licensed/regulated by the appropriate oversight agency in the country of origin. Foreign degrees will be reviewed to determine if they meet the necessary academic requirements. Students lacking a master’s, though having its academic equivalent in appropriate course work, may petition the Director of Admissions or designee for admission. If a deficiency exists in a student’s background preparation, APR will require further preparatory coursework on a case-by-case basis, using credential evaluation results and proficiency exams administered and graded by faculty within functional discipline areas.

Applicants for the Level 8 program are required to submit official or certified copies of their transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate degrees or coursework which they have completed. These transcripts may be included with the application in sealed envelopes, or sent from an institution’s registrar office directly to Admissions Office under separate cover.

Additional Requirements for Applicants whose first language is not English
Instruction will be in English language. Applicants whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must prove sufficient skills in English to be considered for admission. Those who do not possess a bachelors or masters degree from a post secondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction is required to pass a test of English language proficiency as a requirement for admission.

Level 8 Progression into DBA
Typical entry requirements into DBA include M.B.A., MSc, or similar masters degrees, or equivalent qualifications in general management, or in a functional field by examination awarded by a professional body. However, APR Level 8 is designed in a way so that it reduces one year in the total course duration of DBA. Its work-based program module also makes up for some universities who ask for significant experience in a managerial or professional supervisory position involving responsibility for strategic issues.

The Level 8 addresses to the DBA’S requirement of a significant thesis, dissertation or final comprehensive project including a formal defense and approval by nominated examiners or an officially sanctioned and qualified doctoral review committee. Like a doctoral degree the Level 8 is conferred when all coursework, testing, and written research are completed and reviewed and approved by the awarding institution.

Like D.B.A. candidates the Level 8 candidates may specialize in areas such as management science, technology management, organizational behavior, economics, or finance or other practical fields. Curricula may be offered on a full-time or part-time basis. According to the European higher education standards set by the Bologna Process, it is stated that the normal duration of a doctorate should correspond to 3–4 years of full-time study, hence the Level 8 coursework has taken view of this duration.

Course Outline
Research CORE (100 Credits) (Any five Electives)
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research (20)
  • Research Methods (20)
  • Critical Thinking and Theories (20)
  • Discourse Analysis (20)
  • Project Planning and Management (20)
  • Quality Control and Standards (20)
  • Public Policy and Management (20)
CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATION CORE (20) (Any one modules as Electives)
  • Conceptual Foundations of Management (20)
  • Conceptual Foundations of Marketing (20)
  • Conceptual Foundations of Economics (20)
  • Conceptual Foundations of Accounting and Finance (20)
  • Developmental Studies (20)
  • Foundations of Applied Ethics (20)
  • Foundations of Social Science (20)
  • Foundations of Public Policy (20)
MAJOR COURSE WORK (40) (Any two modules as Electives)
  • Seminar/Workshop/CorporateTraining in Management, Marketing, Accounting, or Finance (20)
  • Global Business Practices (20)
  • Advanced Applications of Ethical Reasoning in Management, Marketing, Accounting, or Finance (20)
  • Law and Public Policy's bearing on organisation (20)
  • Strategic Development in Cross Border and Global Organisations (20)
  • Teaching Practicum in Management, Marketing, Accounting, or Finance (20)
  • Inter-organisational strategic planning and direction (20)
  • Strategic Communication and Culture (20)
  • Publishing a paper in a referred journal and review of the same* (20)
  • Submission of a documented public work undertaken and a self-reflective journal supporting the same (analytical commentary)** (20)

*The publications submitted as part of major coursework by Publication must provide evidence of the learner’s capacity to pursue further research at DBA or its equivalent, represent a coherent contribution to research in a given field and demonstrate a depth of scholarship, criticality and originality comparable with that required in MPhil/DBA level.

For the purpose of this document, the term ‘Publications’ has been used to reflect a variety of research outputs including:
  • substantial or sole contributor to a book,
  • chapters in books,
  • papers/articles in refereed journals,
  • papers presented to conferences which are available in the published proceedings of the conference or are otherwise published,
  • patent applications or granted patents,
  • exhibitions or performances of which a permanent record has been made.

Only published work that is available and accessible in the public domain will be eligible for consideration. Published work would normally have been subject to external peer review. Course readers/documents, academic, industrial or government documents produced for internal purposes are not eligible.

**If the candidate possesses work(s) on a single or predominant theme or topic already in the public domain (journal articles, books, reports, software, artistic works), these works form the core of his/her submission.

What constitutes a 'public work'?
There will need to be a permanent record of the work. The candidate work needs to embody a research process and be in the public domain.
Examples include:
  • preparation of computer programs
  • scholarly works
  • edited texts
  • specialist reports prepared for government departments and other public bodies
  • translations
  • collections of artefacts
  • videos
  • photographic records
  • musical scores
  • diagramatic representations.

The candidate’s submission must be 'original' and 'significant'. 'Originality' is understood broadly and includes offering something not offered previously, seeing something in a new way, applying a known technique, method or model in a new way or in a new context, putting forward new arguments, or a new interpretation of an idea.