Higher Degrees/PhD

For knowledge to make a difference, it must be nurtured, promoted and aligned with industry practice.  Doing this is what makes MGSM’s doctoral community internationally renowned for research.  With over 100 full-time and part-time students, ours is also one of the largest business school-based doctoral communities in the Asia Pacific region.

Successful candidates have a clear area of research they are passionate about pursuing, a suitable, specialised supervisor and appropriate academic qualifications or experience. Available higher degrees in research, administered by Macquarie University, include:

While we consider applications from excellent candidates across a wide variety of management disciplines, our research strengths lie in a number of core areas.

Regardless of whether an academic career path is your calling or it’s a contribution to advancing a particular area of management practice you wish to create, our supportive intellectual climate makes this possible.

Study options

The PhD and MPhil in Management can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis.

International candidates studying on a student visa should be aware that it is a condition of student visa that full-time enrolment be maintained.

In order to undertake full-time candidature, a candidate is expected to commit on average a minimum of 40 hours per week to their research study program.

In order to undertake part-time candidature, a candidate must be able to commit on average a minimum of 20 hours per week to their research study program.

Throughout their candidature, candidates must regularly consult with their supervisor and participate fully in the intellectual, research and academic life.

Support available.

Length of candidature

PhD

A minimum of two years and a maximum of four years full-time or a minimum of four years and a maximum of eight years part-time.

MPhil

A minimum of one year and a maximum of two years full-time or a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years part-time.

Entry requirements

The following criteria apply for admission into the Macquarie University Higher Education Programs:

Admission to PhD

  1. Applicant to have completed the Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) with at least 75% in second year of the MRes; OR
  2. Applicant to have completed a Master of Philosophy; OR
  3. Applicant with Master’s degree from another institution with major research component (at least 50% thesis, approx. 20,000 words) at Distinction level (75% or greater)

All other peer reviewed research output may be taken into consideration under Rule 2(8) of the University’s Doctoral Degree Rule for admission to the new PhD.

Candidates who have not completed an MRes degree and do not meet the above criteria may be asked to undertake the Master of Research as a research training pathway to the new Doctoral degree. Candidates with previous study at Bachelor Honours or Masters level may receive credit towards the MRes for a maximum of 50% of the program. The period of candidature for the new PhD will be 3 years. Students admitted under (ii) or (iii) above may be asked to undertake a six months probationary period in their PhD (determined on a case by case basis), thus making the PhD candidature 3.5 years.

Admission to MPhil:

  1. Applicants to have completed the Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) with at least 65% in second year of the MRes; OR
  2. Applicants with Master’s degree from another institution with major research component (at least 50% thesis, approx. 20,000 words) at Credit level.

In addition, all other peer reviewed research output may be taken into consideration under Rule 2(4) of the University’s Master Degree Rule for admission to the Master of Philosophy program. The maximum period of candidature for the Master of Philosophy will be 2 years.

Candidates who have not completed an MRes and do not meet the above criteria may be asked to undertake the Master of Research as a research training pathway to the new Doctoral degree or the Master of Philosophy. Candidates with previous study at Bachelor Honours or Masters level may receive credit towards the MRes for a maximum of 50% of the program.

Overseas qualifications are assessed in accordance with the NOOSR (National Office for Overseas Skills Recognition) guidelines for the Australian qualification equivalence and comparability.

For more information on the Master of Research (MRes) program, please visit the Macquarie University Research Training Degrees webpage.

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