Sorry, this program is not available for local students.
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Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.
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In the business PhD program you will develop advanced research skills that will prepare you for a career in academia and other settings in which systematic and critical analytical skills are required.
This PhD may be undertaken in a project, thesis by publication or thesis mode.
You can specialise in:
- business ethics
- strategy and leadership
- organisational change
- computer law
- corporate governance
- corporate regulation
- corporation law
- computer and privacy law
- commercial law
- tax law.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
RMIT's Swanston Academic Building is the base for your business research career.
The building's features include:
- interactive lecture and tutorial spaces, lectorial theatres, small-group rooms and
- other innovative spaces to support enterprise formation.
- Formal learning areas interspersed with retail and social spaces and scenic outlooks over the city of Melbourne.
- wireless connection to printers, the web and specialist learning resources
- the School of Graduate Research office
- 5 Star Green Star Rating for Australian Excellence in sustainable design
The result is a stimulating environment to encourage creative and intellectual activity among a variety of users.
Research in the Graduate School of Business and Law
Research within the School focuses on organisational planning and strategy, corporate governance and law, user-centred design of information and communication technologies, migration and money, as well as a range of regulatory issues covering labour law, privacy law and transnational regulation. The School hosts interdisciplinary seminars and is actively involved with Asia@RMIT, the Global Cities Research Institute and the Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre.
In 2012, the Centre for Innovative Justice was established, with former Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls as its inaugural Director. The Centre conducts research on contemporary law and justice issues, collaborating with agencies and organisations involved in delivering innovative justice programs and provides opportunities to collaborate on research projects and policy development.
- Read more about applied research and our research capabilities in the school
- Discover more about research and the College of Business
Research at RMIT
Time spent on research
Full-time candidates are expected to commit at least four days per week (or at least two days per week for part-time candidates) to their research. The academic year is 48 weeks.
Regular contact with your supervisor
A schedule of meetings with your supervisor/s must be established to assess progress against milestones and timely completion.
Resources, facilities and support
You will have access to online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
You will be part of an active research community and have access to resources and workshops to help you succeed.
Business Research Office
The Business Research Office supports candidates, supervisors in the College of Business. It is the central office responsible for coordinating and disseminating information about funding opportunities and research-related activities. Prospective researchers are invited to contact the Business Research Office to discuss potential candidature.
School of Graduate Research
The School of Graduate Research works with Schools to further support candidates during their postgraduate research degree.
Guiding the development of the College of Business, both nationally and internationally, is an Industry Advisory Board of high-profile executives chaired by Gerhard Vorster, Chief Strategy Officer, Deloitte. The Board creates a strategic bridge between the latest in technology and design thinking and business.
Graduates will be able to pursue an academic career in a university or be employed in senior leadership and management positions in government, non-government organisations and corporations.
As a researcher, your mastery of the discipline evidenced through a substantial and rigorous research project and other contributions to your field of specific interest can make a real difference to society.