Master of Business (Research)

Discover the reasons behind the numbers

A business that makes nothing but money
is a poor business.

Henry Ford

Course Information

This is an advanced coursework and research program in organisational leadership. Coursework will consist of one year of study in leadership/management as well as research preparation; followed by a year to complete a research thesis. The course offers progression to the PhD program.
Reasons to choose this program:
  • Builds your research abilities
  • Leadership development – you will create your own leadership development plan to build on your skills
  • Leadership portfolio – that you can share with current and prospective employers showcasing your skills and projects
  • Pathway to doctorate studies

Course Units

The course structure is based on four semesters (each of 12 weeks duration), with four subjects/units representing a full-time study load in the first two semesters, followed by the one-year masters thesis. The course comprises:
4 compulsory Discipline units (24 credit points);
1 compulsory Ethics unit (6 credit points);
3 compulsory Research Methods units (18 credit points);
and 1 compulsory Thesis unit (48 credit points).
To qualify for the award of the Master of Business (Research) a candidate shall accrue 96 credit points through satisfactory completion of all the subjects/units noted in the tab on the left.
Students are required to undertake nine units of study as part of the Master of Business (Research) course, four of which are advanced postgraduate units in a discipline area related to the proposed research topic area; one ethics unit; three units which are a combination of advanced research methods learning and research preparation during which students will be required to prepare and present their research proposal, develop a literature review and other relevant background investigations, and devise an appropriate methodology for the conduct of the proposed research; and the thesis itself.
Over the period of the research methods and preparation units, students will be required to progress their research proposal through all relevant Institute procedures and reviews for approvals, including ethics approvals and confirmation of candidature.
Once candidature is confirmed, candidates will then concentrate on supervised research, analysis and other activities associated with the implementation of their approved research proposal, the final examinable product of which will be a thesis.

Course Progression Rules

  • Progression to confirmation of candidature may only proceed after all coursework requirements are completed to the satisfaction of the supervisory panel and the relevant head of school.
  • The maximum period of full-time candidature is normally two years from the date of first enrolment, up to six years for part-time students, or equivalent if the enrolment is a mixture of full- and part-time.
  • The duration of candidature will commence at the beginning of the initial study period in which a student is enrolled in the Master of Business (Research).
  • Continuation of candidature is subject to the approval of the Research Proposal by the Research Committee.
  • Students are enrolled as conditional students for the first year. Confirmation of candidature, and thus continued enrolment after a year (full-time equivalent), is conditional on their having completed designated tasks within an agreed time frame. These tasks are to be agreed between the student, principal supervisor and school, and submitted with the research proposal for approval by the Research Committee. Students must show in their Confirmation of Candidature document that these tasks have been accomplished. Individual arrangements can be made for students transferring from other institutions part-way through their candidature.

Admission requirements

Intakes are in February and July (with three round offers for Semester 1 and two round offers for Semester 2). However applications can be lodged any time during the year for the next academic semester.

Admission to the Institute is governed by the principles of merit, fairness, transparency, and timeliness found in the Student Selection and Admission Policy and Procedure. The selection and admission process is informed by evidence drawn from a range of indicators, including prior academic achievement and a student interview.

Admission Criteria

  1. The entry criteria for admission to the Master of Business (Research) program shall normally be:
  • a Master's coursework degree (AQF Level 9) from an Australian higher education institution; or
  • a qualification recognised as equivalent by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR); or
  • other qualifications and experience as may, on application by the student, be deemed equivalent to (a) by the Academic Board of the Institute.
  1. A student’s entry qualification need not include studies in business, management or related fields, but studies in these fields would be an advantage.
  2. Industry and/or professional experience in organisational leadership, management, business and/or a related field is normally a requirement for entry. Candidates seeking entry to the program without relevant industry/professional experience will have to provide documentation to satisfy the Admissions Committee that they possess the relevant skills and background to successfully complete the course.
  3. In certain circumstances where it is unclear to the Admissions Committee or the Academic Board whether a student has the qualifications and/or experience to enter the program, the student may be required to attend an interview to determine their eligibility for entry to the program.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose qualifying undergraduate studies were taken in a language other than English will be required to demonstrate English proficiency equivalent to the IELTS Academic minimum overall result of 7.0 with no band score below 6.5. Test score equivalencies for alternative tests are provided below.

Tests of Academic English Language Proficiency Scores: Overall
IELTS Academic 6.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language internet- based Test (TOEFL iBT) 79
PTE Academic 58
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) from Cambridge ESOL test scores 58

Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

For more information regarding RPL and credit contact us on 02 9819 8823.
2  years full time
February and July
8 + a master thesis


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