Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Business Administration

The course will enhance not only your ability to develop new knowledge but also to apply knowledge in a professional context, thereby making a real and tangible impact to individuals and organisations. It will also equip you with the necessary research skills to carry out rigorous research, while providing the flexibility to carry out individual research projects that impact on the organisation and industry in which you operate. The programme is aimed at senior experienced professionals who are qualified in their own areas of professional practise. It ill also appeal to managers who are looking for a challenge and want to pursue the highest academic qualification that will lead to new areas of professional practise. Your employing organisation will directly benefit from your research, gaining valuable and objective feedback plus the opportunity for major consultancy. Liverpool Business School is a member of the Executive DBA Council (EDBAC) and as such we believe in fostering excellence and innovation in executive doctoral degree programs.

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. The admission process requires an initial proposal for subsequent investigation. An IELTS score of 6.5 is required for participants for whom English is a second language.

Course modules

Core modules level 7: leadership; project management; managing finance; marketing management; managing process and operations; research methods for management; strategic management. Level 8: planning module; investigative project; reflective module. Option modules: change and knowledge management; MBA in executive leadership dissertation; managing information; MBA EL leader impact project; MBA in executive leadership thesis.

Assessment methods

The assessment for stage 1 is the Learning Agreement which defines the rationale, outline plan, research strategy and draft literature review for the project(s) undertaken at stage 2. Participants will be required to keep a reflective diary throughout the programme. The assessment for stage 2 is a substantial piece of individual work in the form of a report, portfolio or journal articles (of publishable quality in a peer reviewed academic journal) including a reflective piece which links the results of the research to application to professional practise. The assessment will be in the form of an oral examination of the project (viva voce). Two individual examiners will be appointed for each stage 2 viva, one of whom must be external. The Programme External Examiner may take part in the viva in an advisory capacity.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
DBA Part-time £ 7,830 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
DBA Part-time £ 11,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Liverpool John Moores University Liverpool L3 2AJ North West

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