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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.

•Choice of September and January start dates
•Part-time DBA studied over three to seven years
•Qualification can be completed alongside full-time employment
•Equivalent to a PhD
•Liverpool Business School has an excellent reputation in external research and collaborative ventures with partners across a range of sectors in the UK and internationally
•Close links with business and employers

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.
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.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7/8:

-Planning module
-Investigative project
-Reflective module
-Leadership
-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

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. 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.


Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

Visit the Doctorate in Business Administration page on the Liverpool John Moores University website for more details!

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