The DBA and PhD are both doctoral-level research degrees, and both entitle the holder to use the title ‘Dr’; however, they are designed for different purposes.
A PhD is an academic research degree where the focus is a contribution to scholastic knowledge. A PhD has traditionally been the de facto qualification for those wishing to move into academia and become a professional researcher.
A DBA is a professional research degree where the focus is a contribution to the profession or practice overall. The DBA is designed to support professionals who wish to develop the skills needed to deliver unique solutions based on an accurate, unbiased situation analysis.
EBU benchmarks: See: Germany’s framework for the Traditional Individual PhD and The European Commission guidance for Higher education institutions awarding credits for non-formal and informal learning in higher education qualifications: See (Council Recommendation 2012/C 398/01).
The programme will be of particular benefit to experienced senior executives, consultants, management educators and business school academics which chose to study on a part-time basis at a self-selected pace. It will enhance one’s professional capability and credibility, develop networks, and provide a firm foundation for further career development or a major career move.
Designed to help students use research methods to define, implement and evaluate potential solutions for genuine business issues.
Attracting high-calibre students from across the globe, the Accredited EBU DBA builds on the learning gathered in our MBA and MSc courses to create a research-based programme of original thought and novel ideas. Studied by distance learning, students will have the full support of a dedicated EBU supervisor.
We recommend that you not register for 20 ECTS (combined total of all courses) per semester if you are working full-time. This corresponds to a study load of 40 hours per week. The maximum number of credits you can register per semester is 20 ECTS.
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Course pre-requisites for Doctor of Business Administration (DBA):