Doctorate in Business Administration, Engineering and Technology

Doctor of Business Administration, Engineering and Technology DBA

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £10,475 & £4,000 writing up fee
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £10,475 & £4,000 writing up fee
International full time annual tuition fee: £11,900 & £4,000 writing up fee

Course type



Liverpool Business School

Study mode

Part-time available to Home/EU and International applicants

About your course

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

​LJMU has a reputation as one of the top business schools in the world. The University provides an inspirational learning experience with the highest quality of lecturers, doctoral conferences, training programmes, e-library, visiting business leaders and candidates from around the world.

​Binu Varghese, current DBA student

I was surprised by the amount of time our supervisors spent with us. They gave us lots of support.


​Dr Dieter Frueaff, Vice-President at Frankfurt Airport and DBA graduate

Introduction to the School

This DBA programme is delivered in collaboration by two faculties.

The Liverpool Business School is a globally active and forward-looking business school, which maintains close links with business and professionals.

We offer diverse and high quality degree programmes covering all aspects of business and management. With expertise particularly in management, finance, marketing, public relations and human resources, LBS has a strong reputation in external research and in collaborative ventures with partners across a range of sectors in the UK and internationally.

The Faculty of Engineering and Technology has a long and distinguished history of teaching and research and an established reputation for producing excellent engineers and maritime professionals.

All of our postgraduate courses are taught by academics active in industrially-oriented research and scholarship. Our teaching and research is supported by long-term partnerships with universities and employers in the UK and overseas.

​Research and teaching excellence in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology is underpinned by high level engagement with industry through a number of flagship collaborations:

Sensor City: A groundbreaking collaboration between LJMU, the University of Liverpool and Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership which aims to consolidate high level knowledge and sensor technology experience in one world-leading centre of innovation.

Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)@ LJMU: The MTC is one of the seven High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult Centres in the UK. Catapults are the catalyst for the future growth and success of advanced manufacturing.  The MTC work with companies of all sizes to accelerate the activity between the technology concept and commercialisation. The first outreach branch of MTC is called the Business Launch Centre and is located at LJMU.  

Maritime Knowledge Hub (MKH): Liverpool John Moores University is one of several core partners in MKH alongside Mersey Maritime, Wirral Council and Peel Ports. Based in Birkenhead, MKH is gearing up to be a global centre of excellence within the UK, generating knowledge-led growth and innovation in the Maritime Sector

Why study this course at LJMU?

This Doctorate in Business Administration provides senior executives and managers involved in the fields of engineering and technology with the opportunity to achieve the highest academic degree while remaining in full time employment.

The only doctoral-level business management qualification available in the UK focused on manufacturing and technology industries, the DBA will allow you to develop and apply new knowledge in a professional context.

The programme is aimed at experienced, senior professionals, which will appeal to managers who are looking for a challenge and want to pursue the highest academic qualification.

Your employing organisation will directly benefit from your research, gaining valuable and objective feedback plus the opportunity for major consultancy.

Delivered by Liverpool Business School and the Faculty  of Engineering and Technology you will benefit from participating in cutting-edge research in areas as diverse as business management and organisational change; to internationally excellent and world leading research in general engineering and advanced manufacturing.

Liverpool Business School is a member of the Executive DBA Council (EDBAC), and the Chartered Association of Business Schools, and as such we believe in fostering excellence and innovation in business and doctoral research.

Engineering and Technology Research Institute (ETRI)

Based within the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, ETRI has an excellent record of high quality application-oriented research and knowledge transfer to business. It is home to the following institutes which cover a wide range of research areas and disciplines:

General Engineering Research Institute (GERI): GERI's research community work together to deliver engineering-based solutions for industry. The majority of GERI's research is user-driven and its business links range across the whole supply chain.

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Research Centre (MEMARC): Research into mechanical engineering, materials, applied mathematics as well as dynamics and control areas. Its key specialisms are Fracture and contact mechanics; Wave propagation in lattices and microstructures; Thermal fatigue and thermal striping; Materials development and processing; and Dynamics and control systems.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Research Centre: The Centre conducts research into electrical power engineering and electronics. 

Liverpool logistics Offshore and Marine Research Institute (LOOM) : Multidisciplinary work mainly focusing on the design and operation of large marine, offshore, port, transport and logistics systems.

Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST): Research focuses on radio frequency microwave research, civil engineering research, as well as management, economics and planning research. It's expertise lies within Environmental Technologies; constructions Management and Economics; Radio Frequency and Microwave Technologies; Materials Technology; and Facilities Management and Real Estate Management.

Research Centre for Critical Infrastructure Computer Technology and protection (PROTECT): Conducting research into critical infrastructure computer technology and protection.

Programme outline and structure

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.

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

Core Modules

  • Business Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Managing Finance
  • Marketing Management
  • Managing Process and Operations
  • Research Methods for Management
  • Strategic Management

Level 8  

Core Modules

  • Planning Module
  • Investigative Project
  • Reflective Module

 The following option modules are typically offered:

  • Change and Knowledge Management
  • MBA in Executive Leadership Dissertation
  • Managing Information
  • MBA Executive Leadership 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.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment takes place over two stages.

The assessment for Stage 1 is the business research proposal which identifies the problem to be addressed and the outline methodology and methods to be undertaken to address the problem.The assessment for Stage 2 is a substantial piece of individual work in the form of a thesis which links the results of the research to application to professional practise. The assessment will be in the form of an oral examination of the project (viva voce).​Two individual examiners will be appointed for each stage 2 viva, one of whom must be external. The Programme External Examiner may take part in the viva in an advisory capacity.

Staff research interests

Research cultures across both Liverpool Business School and the Faculty of Engineering and Technology are very strong and distinct.

Liverpool Business School is home to a vibrant and active research community who are committed to innovation and excellence in research.

Our research is concerned with important contemporary business and management issues, it is multidisciplinary in practice and reflects the School's areas of special expertise. This approach is evident not only in our research but in the Doctorates we supervise as well as in some of the taught courses we offer or have designed for clients. Our main areas of research expertise include:

Entrepreneurship and small businesses

Public management

Evaluation research

Research with practitioners

Our expertise in Entrepreneurship is based on research specifically in this area, including the specialist topics of rural entrepreneurship, sustainability and graduate start-ups.

Our Centre for Public Services Management helps us to focus our research expertise in public management, and we work with public bodies regionally and elsewhere to build our research base and put theory into practice.

The Faculty of Engineering and  Technology research is focused on six distinct areas:

Maritime logistics and offshore engineering

Mechanical engineering and materials

Advanced manufacturing

Electrical power

Machines and drives

Microelectronic systems

In the most recent research assessment (REF2014) over 70% of our work was judged to be internationally excellent or world leading in General Engineering and Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

The REF exercise also recognised the influence of our research in improving the lives of people as evidenced by impact case studies from maritime risk assessment, materials engineering, to microelectronics.


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 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:

Will I be interviewed?



6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)


58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


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

Financial support

​Financial Support options and availability.

Tuition fees

All students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

Funding sources

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

    Graduate employment

    The DBA carries the same status as the traditional Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), leading to a D-level (Doctorate) qualification.


    However, the DBA will provide you with greater added value in relation to the way it is structured and delivered, as well as your own experience while studying the programme.

    If you are employed during the course of your DBA, it is likely that you will be undertaking research which directly links to your employer's area of business. This will be of great benefit to you and your employer, particularly if you are focused on a large-scale project.

    ​DBA alumni have found that the research undertaken during their DBA has helped them gain valuable and objective feedback that essentially provided their employers with high levels of focused, internal consultancy.

    International Scholarships

    Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

    LJMU will be offering a range of prestigious international scholarships for students enrolling at the University from September 2016 onwards. These scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and will be awarded to outstanding students accepted onto undergraduate courses, taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees. The scholarships are available in 2016 to self-funding applicants who have accepted an offer to study at LJMU. In order to be considered for these scholarships, you must also complete an additional online scholarship application form. Please visit the international pages for more details.

    A Bursary will be available for students who must complete the English for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their undergraduate degree at the University. This Bursary takes the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this Bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this Bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

    International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

    LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to

    English language qualifications

    All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

    This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

    Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

    For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

    To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

    Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
    International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
    Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
    MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

    English language support to improve IELTS

    If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

    Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers ( or email: for more details.

    Tuition fees

    International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

    Living Costs

    When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

    In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month).

    LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.

    Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

    Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

    Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

    If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

    You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website:

    Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team ( guidance.

    Your visa application

    As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

    Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

    • Passport
    • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
    • Evidence of financial support for the programme
    • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
    • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
    • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

    The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
    Further guidance on programme changes

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