Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Doctor Business Administration

The Liverpool Business School provides existing senior executives and business leaders with the academic support and expertise to produce a specialised piece of consultancy, in direct dialogue with their existing commercial connections and expertise. This Doctorate in Business Administration 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. The DBA will enhance not only your ability to develop new knowledge, but also the ability to apply that knowledge to a professional context, thereby making a real and tangible impact on individuals and organisations. It will also equip you with the necessary skills to carry out rigorous research, while providing the flexibility to carry out individual projects that impact on your organisation and industry. The programme is aimed at senior, experienced professionals who are qualified in their own areas of professional practice. It will 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 practice. Your employing organisation will directly benefit from your research, gaining valuable and objective feedback plus the opportunity for major consultancy.

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

•Planning module
•Investigative project
•Reflective module
•Project management
•Managing finance
•Marketing management
•Managing process and operations
•Research methods for management
•Strategic management
•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. You will need 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 and 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 January 2017 - 3 years
DBA Part-time September 2017 - 3 years

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