Pathways to a Business PhD

Do a PhD, your way. Our new bridging qualifications build on your business or professional masters, or masters in other disciplines, to the doctoral programme in the Business School.

For graduates of research masters or bachelors (honours) degrees

Standard pathway

Graduates of research masters or honours degrees in Business with a GPA/GPE of 6.0 or higher, who have done at least 30 points of research in their prior study, are able to apply for a Business PhD through the standard study pathway.

You must demonstrate an ability to research independently, possess a high level of theoretical understanding and meet the University’s English-language requirements. Acceptance is subject to staff availability for supervision, and appropriate resources and facilities.

Check out our guide to applying for a PhD or doctorate.

For graduates of other masters degrees

Bridging programmes to a Business PhD

If you do not have one of the above degrees and would like to further advance your skills and career through a PhD, you can now do so through one of our new bridging qualifications.

Offered from Semester One 2022, these flexible programmes cater to recent graduates of a masters degree in business, engineering, humanities, sciences or technology with a GPA of 5.0 or higher who are keen to build on their prior study and conduct doctoral-level research in Business.

Our new Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (120 points) and Postgraduate Certificate in Commerce (60 points) will enable you to:

  • Use your prior qualification to complete a PhD from the Business School.
  • Develop advanced specialised knowledge and skills that are in demand.
  • Acquire career-enhancing skills.
  • Broaden your career opportunities through original and relevant Business research.

You can study full-time or part-time, with a combination of advanced courses in your intended PhD subject, together with a research project in which you choose the topic and work with a supervisor.

You need to apply for a conditional acceptance to your intended PhD subject, which may be Accounting, Commercial Law, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain Management, or Property.

Enquire now for 2023

Talk to our advisers to discuss the best PhD pathway for you.