Research course

Doctor of Business Administration, Engineering and Technology

Liverpool John Moores University · Liverpool Business School

Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

​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 reseearch
  • Introduction of the research
  • Literature review of current studies
  • Research method
  • Contributions of your research

Should you have any queries regarding the entry criteria or documents required, please contact the Faculty Admissions Office at

Entry requirements (International)

​LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.

For UK visa requirements, please contact the UK Entry Clearance or contact LJMU's International Advice Team:

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctor of Business Administration, Engineering and Technology is designed to develop senior managers who work in the broad fields of engineering and technology, by improving specialist business management skills through research and its application in a professional setting.

  • The only Doctoral level programme of its kind in the UK to merge business research with engineering and technology
  • Be part of a rigorous academic environment for the investigation of current and future engineering and technology issues
  • Make significant contributions to the development of original research
  • Develop key skills in project management, teamwork, research, leadership, and change management
  • Opportunities to engage with an independent mentor from your area of professional practice

The DBA takes between 3-7 years to complete, and during this time you will participate in workshops, lectures, seminars, action learning sets and tutorials.

​To ensure your research is on track, you will receive one-to-one supervision, remotely and face-to-face, and you will be expected to undertake the necessary amount of self-directed study. All students will have access to a dedicated mentor from industry as well as the supervisor. The mentor will be available remotely or face-to-face to discuss your progress on the programme and will be independent, giving you a chance to discuss ideas and issues outside the DBA.

The DBA has two levels: Masters and Doctoral, with a total of 540 credits.

The Masters level comprises 180 credits, and participants already possessing an appropriate and relevant Masters degree, ideally an MBA, may enter the programme at level 8 having gained credit transfer as part of the admissions process. The programme at Doctoral level comprises 360 level 8 credits, all of which must be completed successfully to obtain the award of Professional Doctorate. The level 8 credits will take a minimum of 3 years to complete, although it is likely that most participants will take between 4 and 5 years to complete.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
84 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090