Executive DBA

Executive Doctorate in Business Administration

Our Executive Doctorate of Business Administration programme aims to develop world-class scholar-practitioners. Graduates will be able to integrate the knowledge they develop into their own professional contexts.

Part-time Programme
4.5 years minimum

This programme is due to start in September 2022.


The University of Liverpool Management School provides a stimulating student experience, combined with thought provoking insights from our academic staff.

The Executive DBA is ideally suited to the needs of working professionals, and is designed so that it can be undertaken on a part-time basis, via blended learning.

Attendance at face-to-face workshops in Liverpool is required during the first two years of the programme. There are four workshops in total, with each being scheduled from Friday-Monday.

The workshops are complemented by online learning, with delivery in the doctoral (thesis) stage taking place 100% online.

Achieving a doctoral level qualification such as the proposed Executive DBA will enable graduates to attain relevant, actionable knowledge which is likely to be of significant benefit to their future career trajectories and organisational context.

Programme Structure

The Executive DBA programme is split into two stages:

  • Stage 1, the taught, pre-thesis stage consists of 4 modules, consisting of 180 credits at Level 7. The taught stage lasts for two years.
  • Stage 2, the doctoral (thesis) stage, consists of 360 credits at Level 8. This stage involves in-depth research into a relevant management problem. The thesis stage lasts for a minimum of 2.5 years (maximum 5.5. years).

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed and will be considered in our highly competitive programme from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, in a relevant subject.

In addition, applicants must have:

  • An MBA/Masters in business and/or management (or a related discipline)
  • At least 5 years of significant experience working at a senior level within an organisation or as a consultant.

We welcome applications from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those required to study for this degree. See our guidance on international qualifications.

You must also have reached a minimum standard of English and be able to provide evidence of this. See our English language requirements for international students.

ULMS EDBA Brochure


Applications are open all year round. The easist way to apply is online.

Find out more and apply. 

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EDBA Scholarships 2022

For September 2022 we are offering generous discounts for those joining our EDBA programme.

Scholarships available for Autumn 2022:

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    ULMS Executive DBA Award


    15% Fee waiver

    Open to:

    Home*/EU/Overseas applicants on the Executive DBA programme for September 2022.

    *UK and ROI (More information)

    How to apply:

    No separate application is necessary, award will be applied automatically. 

    Combining with other funding:

    This award can also be combined with the Progress to Executive DBA Award for University of Liverpool alumni.


    ULMS Progress to Executive DBA Award


    £2,000 per annum fee waiver, applicable to Years 1 and 2 of the programme only.


    Open to:

    Home*/EU/Overseas applicants to the ULMS Executive DBA programme in 2022, whom are Univeresity of Liverpool alumni. 

    *UK and ROI (More information)

    How to apply:

    No separate scholarship application is necessary, those meeting the conditions of the award will have the reduction automatically applied. 

    Combining with other funding:

    Can be combined with the ULMS Executive DBA Award for September 2022.