Doctor of Philosophy (Business)
- Local students
- International students
- Program code: DR076
MR081, Master of Business by Research
- Campus: City campus
Please note: this program is no longer offered to commencing students; it has been replaced with DR205 PhD (Business).
Got a business management research idea?
This program lets you specialise in business ethics, modelling, strategy and leadership, organisational change, innovation, computer law, entrepreneurship and more.
During the Master of Business program you'll develop a thorough understanding of your specialisation and make a significant contribution of knowledge to the field.
The Doctor of Philosophy takes you to the next level and requires you to complete a more substantial and rigorous thesis.
PhD: 4 years full-time or 8 years part-time
This duration incorporates the Master - 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time.
Program structure and features
Learning and teaching
RMIT's new Swanston Academic Building (SAB) is the base for your business research career.
This exciting building features:
- wireless connection to printers, the web and specialist learning resources
- the School of Graduate Research office
- 5 Star Green Star Rating/Australian Excellence in sustainable design.
If you don't own a computer then talk to us about great discounts or our laptop scholarship program.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.
You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
You will undertake the approved research program under the supervision of an appointed research supervisor. Successful completion involves submitting a thesis or project.
Unless you have an exemption you must complete the Research Methods course. This is usually done in your first semester to assist you in preparing your research proposal for confirmation of candidature.
Currently no program handbook (program guide) is available online. Please contact the school listed under "Owning school" below.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Graduates are employed in academia, government, business, industry and non-government organisations.
As a researcher, your original research and publication can make a real difference to society.
You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.
If you satisfy the following requirements you will be eligible for selection; however, there is no guarantee that you will be selected as demand for the program varies each intake.
Program entry requirements
A qualification in a related discipline equivalent to one of the following:
- Bachelor degree with first or upper second class Honours
- Master degree by research
- Master degree by coursework that includes a research component of at least 1 semester in duration graded as Distinction or above
- Such other qualifications or experience as considered to be appropriate or Masters coursework.
You must include a research proposal of between 1 and 5 pages with your application.
Generally, a research proposal consists of:
- a title/topic
- research questions to be investigated in the context of existing research/literature in the area
- methodology/research tasks required to undertake the research
- particular needs (e.g. resources, facilities or equipment that is necessary for your proposed research program, if applicable).
Some programs require more lengthy proposals with additional elements.
How to apply
2. Check program entry requirements and confirm you're eligible.
3. Check and complete the selection tasks (if applicable) by the relevant closing date - these tasks are listed in the program entry requirements.
4. Check the application method and application closing dates.
5. Complete and submit your application.
6. Your application will then go through the research selection process.
Tuition fees vary according to each program and are adjusted annually.
If you are an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen you may be eligible for a Research Training Scheme (RTS) place where your full tuition costs are funded by the Commonwealth Government.
RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT research scholarships.
There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.
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Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.