Doctoral research programmes
Take your career to the next level with a research-based DBA or
Develop an understanding of how to conduct doctoral-level research.
More about our Pre-doctoral programmes
Which Doctorate is right for you?
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. So which one is for you?
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, un-biased
analysis of the situation.
Our Doctoral programmes
Designed to help students use research methods to define, implement
and evaluate potential solutions for very real business issues.
Attracting high-calibre students from across the globe, the DBA and
PhD build on the learning gathered in our MBA and MSc courses to
create a research-based programme of original thought and novel
ideas. Studied by online learning, students will have the full
support of a dedicated Edinburgh Business School supervisor.
Heriot-Watt University is a UK, research-led university, and was
assessed top in Scotland and 9th
in the UK for research impact, with 82% of our research assessed as
world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).