Entry requirements

You will need:

A DBA, which is a doctoral level qualification, is a challenging, but also rewarding journey. In order to make sure you are suitable for the programme we have defined the following entry requirements for the programme:
  • A master's degree in the area of business and/or management
  • At least two years of managerial or five years of other working experience

In order to make an application to the programme you need to provide the following documents via the online application:

Curriculum vitae
  • Master's certificate and transcript in the area of business and/or management – these must be official English translations
  • Evidence of at least two years of managerial or five years of other working experience – this can be e.g. a confirmation by your current employer or a reference letter from a former employer
  • An academic reference, which recommends you for the programme – this can be e.g. from your master's institution
  • An industry reference, which recommends you for the programme – this can be e.g. from your employer, from a client and/or professional body
  • Personal statement (max. 2,000 words) – this is not a full research proposal, but should address why you would like to do a DBA, why you think you are suitable for the programme and what you expect from the DBA. You should furthermore provide a brief outline of your research topic and its contribution to theory and practice. Please don't forget to indicate to which topic/member of staff your research outline corresponds.
How your application is considered:
  1. The application is screened to ensure the candidate meets the entry requirements and has submitted all their supporting documents.
  2. If the candidate meets the minimum entry requirements and all documents have been received, the application is passed to the appropriate academics within the School for consideration and to identify a suitable supervisory team.
  3. The DBA Team and/or an appropriate academic member of staff will interview the applicant and make a decision following the interview. For applicants in the UK, they are invited to attend the interview in person at Liverpool Business School. For applicants based elsewhere, the interview will normally take place by telephone, Skype or Adobe Connect.

The deadline for applications for the January 2019 intake is 15 November 2018. Should you have any queries regarding the entry criteria or documents required, please contact the Faculty Admissions Office at busadmiss​ions@ljmu.ac.uk​.

Months of entry

January

Course content

LJMU’s 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, the DBA is ideal for those who would like a doctoral level qualification whilst remaining in their chosen professional career
  • Focus on situational issues from your own workplace, whilst continuing your employment
  • Enhance not only your ability to develop new knowledge, but also the ability to apply that knowledge to a professional context
  • Gain the necessary skills to carry out rigorous research
  • Carry out individual projects that impact on your organisation and industry
  • Undertake your research amongst a carefully-selected, highly diverse group of professionals, drawn from a wide range of nationalities, industries, cultures and backgrounds
  • Develop your skills and meet your supervisors at a number of residential workshops in Liverpool
Join a cohort of senior professionals and apply your research directly to the needs of your business, driving forward organisational progress without putting your learning or your business on hold. You will contribute to commercial and academic knowledge and, on graduation, will possess a specialist range of problem solving and decision making strategies that will take you to the next level of success.

The DBA at Liverpool Business School is unique in its design and structure and the level of support it provides to the candidates. It has been running successfully for 10 years and we have recently modified the design, following feedback and consultation with previous candidates, to ensure it continues to meet the current needs of candidates. This refined programme will run for the first time in January 2019.

Information for international students

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration

DBA

part time
48 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
courses@ljmu.ac.uk
Phone
0151 231 5090