Liverpool John Moores University

Doctor of Business Administration

This Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) provides senior executives and managers with the opportunity to achieve the highest academic degree while remaining in full time employment. Equivalent to a PhD qualification, the DBA is ideal for those pursuing a professional career.

Entry requirements

Candidates should be well-qualified in their chosen field and possess a business related Masters degree (e.g. MBA) or equivalent qualification supplemented with sufficient recent business and management experience appropriate to the research being undertaken.

To be considered for the programme, candidates must complete the online application form and provide the following documents: Completed application form; Master's degree certificate; Transcript of master study; 1 Academic reference; 1 Reference from current employer; Evidence of Language - IELTS 6.5 (or CEF B2) with no components score below 5.5 (if required); A personal statement (1500-2000 words) to include: Reasons why you want to study DBA course; Reasons why you are suitable to the course; Previous experience of research; Brief introduction of your research to include: Title of your research; Introduction of the research; Literature review of current studies; Research method; Contributions of your research.

The deadline for applications for January 2018 entry, will be 30th November 2017.

Course modules

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study. Please note, these modules are subject to validation.

The DBA consists of three core modules: Planning module: planning of your research supported by taught elements (planning your research, de- and refine your topic and basic research methods).

Investigative Project module: execution of your research supported by taught elements (literature review, research design incl. data collection and analysis, discussion of findings).

Reflective module: reflection on your personal development during the DBA journey supported by taught elements (module processes and portfolio).

The supervision during doctoral studies is a key element of the experience. Our DBA candidates are supervised only by full-time academics employed at Liverpool Business School who are research active themselves and have a track record of publications and conference presentations.

The supervisory team is usually made up of two supervisors. If the circumstances require it a third supervisor can be added to the team. All our supervisors attend regular supervisor training workshops and are familiar with the most recent developments in supervising professional doctorate candidates.

If a DBA is undertaken within an organisation, an industrial advisor can be added to the supervisory team to represent the interests from practice. This is usually a manager or senior professional who is already an expert in the field of research.

Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Assessment methods

There are various assessment throughout the duration of the programme. During year 1 there are three deliverables to submit in relation to each of the residential workshops (research plan, research proposal, methodological considerations). Furthermore, in year 2 and 3 there are four deliverables to submit which are again linked to the residential workshops (literature review, presentation, publishable paper, impact plan). These assessments are graded on a pass/fail basis.

The final submission which leads to the award of the doctorate the thesis. The thesis can be submitted earliest after completion of year 3 and it is 80,000 words long (+/- 10%). The assessment of the thesis takes place in form of an oral examination (viva voce) undertaken by two examiners, who should be experts in your field. One examiner is internal to LJMU and one is external.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
DBA Part-time January 2019 11,900 (Year 1) International 3 3 Years
DBA Part-time January 2019 10,475 (Year 1) Home/EU 3 3 Years

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