Business Administration (Executive Doctorate) / DBA

Our Executive Doctorate in Business Administration programme aims to develop world-class researchers specialised in the area of Business Administration.

Why study with us?

  • 160

    International experts shape world-class academic thought

  • REF

    2014 confirmed that the Management School has emerged rapidly to enter the high echelons of UK Schools of Business.

  • 90.4%

    of all our postgraduates are employed or in further study within 6 months of graduation (DLHE 2007).


This programme is due to start in January 2022.

The University of Liverpool Management School provides a stimulating student experience combined with thought provoking advice from our academic staff and believe that postgraduate students are a vital part of the research environment of the School.

Our Executive Doctorate in Business Administration programme aims to develop world-class researchers specialised in the area of Business Administration.

The programme will be split into two stages:

  • Stage 1, the taught, pre-thesis stage consists of 4 modules, to gain 180 credits at Level 7.
  • Stage 2, the thesis stage, consists of 360 credits.

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.

Hear more about the Business Administration (Executive Doctorate) from Dr John Byrom, Director of Studies:

Research themes

Our academic staff not only publish in leading scholarly journals but also conduct research programmes for companies and governments worldwide. From the distribution of pharmaceuticals in Africa, through the development of micro-enterprise in India, to the regeneration of Merseyside, our research projects address key issues affecting the world. As a postgraduate student, you can be involved. Our research focuses on growing enterprises, growing innovation and growing communities, around the world and most importantly, in our own region.

Research groups

Research Centres

Research Centres develop the School's contribution to established themes with a strong focus on applying ideas through funding and impact related work. The School currently hosts three:

• Centre for Entrepreneurship
• Centre for Supply Chain Research
• Centre for Sports Business

Research Clusters

Research Clusters are grass-roots driven and interdisciplinary, focussing on the development of new theoretical and empirical work, typically at the early stages of the knowledge production/impact cycle. The Management School currently hosts two Research Clusters:

• Econometrics and Business Statistics
• Organisational and Employee Well-being

Study options and fees

The fees for the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration programme are £46,000 (£13,000 per year for the 2 year taught phase and £8,000 per year for the 2 ½ year thesis phase).

*For those who continue in the doctoral (thesis) stage beyond 2.5 years, an additional fee of £4,000 per year will be payable.

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:

  • 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.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic requirement - SELT and non-SELT Overall 7.0 no band below 6.5
TOEFL iBT requirement Minimum 100 overall with L 21 R 21 W 21 and S 23
C1 Advanced CAE requirement Overall 185 with no less than 176 in any paper
PTE Academic requirement69 with minimum scores of 61 in each component
Trinity College London, Intergrated Skills in English (ISE II)ISE II with an overall pass with merit in components
Cambridge IGCSE as a First LanguageGrade C
Cambridge IGCSE as a Second LanguageGrade B
Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Proficiency)Overall 185 with 176 in components
Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced)Overall 185 with 176 in components
Cambridge English Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced)Overall 185 with 176 in components

How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

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