It’s a good question. Embarking on either of these doctorates will involve a major commitment of your energy, time and finances. You want to be sure to choose the right one.
First, the similarities. Both DBA and PhD programmes:
So why would you choose one rather than the other?
It all depends on what your personal and professional goals are.
For example, if you are a marketing executive who wants to know how digital marketing influences your customers’ purchasing behaviour, or a CEO who wants to explore effective change management strategies in a global pharmaceutical company, the DBA would be your choice.
The PhD would be a good choice if you want to become a management lecturer and conduct research that addresses existing gaps in management knowledge and theory, or a researcher who wants to become a trusted academic source for analysis of specific economic factors.
At UK universities, you will generally find that:
Both types of doctorate culminate in a final research exercise.
“I have gained an unparalleled amount of new knowledge, especially as it pertains to designing and conducting research studies related to real problems or opportunities in the workplace,” said DBA graduate Dr Lisa Crockett, senior director at a US health service provider.
The University of Liverpool’s AACSB-accredited Management School offers a Doctor of Business Administration that is fully accessible online and also has a face-to-face residency option. Read more about our online DBA
*Equivalence between the professional doctorate and a PhD is fully accepted within the UK through the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), and across the European Higher Education Area, through the Lisbon Recognition Convention as part of the Bologna Process.