Master of Philosophy (Business)

Course summary

The Master of Philosophy provides advanced business research skills through structured learning and independent research. Students are able to select a research topic from a diverse and extended range of business related disciplines.

Visit UOW's Research & Innovation website for information regarding the University's research activity, research strengths, scholarships and services. For specific information relating to research being undertaken within the Faculty of Business, visit the Faculty's research pages.

Course information

Study area

Business, Research

Campus

Innovation Campus

Course Code

1351

Duration

2 years (4 sessions) full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

078369M

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Honours degree with 2nd class Division 2 or higher, coursework Masters with WAM 60+ or GPA of 2.8 out of 4.

Applications must be accompanied by a 2,000 word proposal which should outline the main focus of the applicant's research interest, a commentary on important and recent literature in this area, and a discussion of why this is an important area of research. All proposals must acknowledge sources correctly. Research interests should be related to topics listed on the Staff Research Interests webpage.
Candidates with a Coursework Masters degree or a 4-year Bachelor Honours degree in the same discipline may be granted up to 24 credit points of advanced standing for the coursework component of the Master of Philosophy.
Special Admission Requirements
All applicants for research degrees must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

  • commence with a statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work;
  • contain, in no more than one additional page, a clearly focussed research proposal for the study you would wish to undertake throughout your registration in the course; and
  • conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.

Students are advised to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss their project prior to applying for admission.

FEES

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Innovation Campus

On Campus

$14,544 (2018)

$58,176 (2018)

Innovation Campus

On Campus

$14,544 (2019)

$58,176 (2019)

Exempt for the normal time limit of the course.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Honours degree with 2nd class Division 2 or higher, coursework Masters with WAM 60+ or GPA of 2.8 out of 4.

Applications must be accompanied by a 2,000 word proposal which should outline the main focus of the applicant's research interest, a commentary on important and recent literature in this area, and a discussion of why this is an important area of research. All proposals must acknowledge sources correctly. Research interests should be related to topics listed on the Staff Research Interests webpage.
Candidates with a Coursework Masters degree or a 4-year Bachelor Honours degree in the same discipline may be granted up to 24 credit points of advanced standing for the coursework component of the Master of Philosophy.
Special Admission Requirements
All applicants for research degrees must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

  • commence with a statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work;
  • contain, in no more than one additional page, a clearly focussed research proposal for the study you would wish to undertake throughout your registration in the course; and
  • conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.

Students are advised to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss their project prior to applying for admission.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

88

18

18

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


FEES

The fee per trimester is based on a study load of 24 credit points, ie 4 subjects.

Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Innovation Campus

On Campus

$14,544 (2018)

$58,176 (2018)

Innovation Campus

On Campus

$14,544 (2019)

$58,176 (2019)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2017.

Applicant background

2017 intake

2017 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2017

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2018 Spring

Innovation Campus

Enrolment and Orientation: 18 July 2018
Session: 23 July – 15 November 2018

Applications Close
Higher Degree Research (HDR) applications can be submitted online at any time.

2019 Autumn

Innovation Campus

Enrolment and Orientation: 27 February 2019
Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close
Higher Degree Research (HDR) applications can be submitted online at any time.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills in a discipline area to plan and execute a substantial piece of research that makes a contribution to knowledge.
2 Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and critically reflect on, synthesise and evaluate complex information, problems, concepts, and theories.
3 Communicate a coherent and sustained argument, explaining and disseminating research results and conclusions to peers and to the community.
4 Apply advanced knowledge of research, research integrity, ethics and the rights and safety of others, to plan and execute a substantial piece of research with a high level of autonomy, accountability, adaptability and responsibility for personal outputs.

The Master of Philosophy Curriculum map illustrates where course learning outcomes are taught, practiced and assessed within subjects in the program.

Course Structure

The coursework component of the MPhil includes 24 credit points of coursework subjects. All students enrol in the core subject listed in the table below. Students studying Economics will need to take additional core subjects, see the Economics schedule for details. The student’s supervisors, in consultation with the School's Head of Postgraduate Studies, will recommend the appropriate elective subjects for students in all other disciplines. On successful completion of coursework subjects, students work with their supervisors to complete a research thesis (72 credit points).

Core Subject 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
BUS 980 Business Research Proposal 6

MPhil students will also enrol in the Full-time or Part-time thesis subject.  

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
THES924 Thesis Full Time 24
or
THES912 Thesis Part Time 12

Accounting

Choice of 18 credit points of elective subjects as approved by the Discipline Leader and Head of Postgraduate Studies. 

Economics

Economics students will have to complete the two additional core subjects (12 credit points) and one elective subject from the list below.

Subject Code Subject Name
ECON996 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
ECON997 Advanced Microeconomic Theory
Plus:
ECON939 Quantitative Economic Analysis

Finance

Finance students will have to complete the two additional core subjects (12 credit points) and one elective subject from the list below.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
BUS 996 Introduction to Research and Research Methods 12
FIN 924 Financial Statement Analysis For Business 6
FIN 925 Banking Theory and Practice 6
FIN 927 Entrepreneurial Finance 6
FIN 928 Multinational Financial Management 6
FIN 955 International Banking 6
FIN 957 Portfolio Simulation 6

Management and Operations

Choice of 18 credit points of elective subjects from the list below.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
BUS 996 Introduction to Research and Research Methods 12
MGNT901 Fundamentals of Management 6
MGNT908 Human Resources Development 6
MGNT910 Strategic Management 6
MGNT911 Organisational Behaviour 6
MGNT915 Management of Change 6
MGNT920 Organisational Analysis 6
MGNT930 Strategic Human Resource Management 6
MGNT940 Innovation and Entrepreneurship 6
MGNT941 Small Business Management 6
MGNT949 Performance Management 6
MGNT963 Management of Workplace Health and Safety 6
MGNT969 Job Analysis, Recruitment and Selection 6
MGNT978 Cross Cultural Management 6

Marketing

Choice of 18 credit points of elective subjects from the list below.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
BUS 996 Introduction to Research and Research Methods 12
MARK901 Digital Marketing 6
MARK917 Business to Business Marketing 6
MARK920 Social Marketing 6
MARK922 Marketing Management 6
MARK935 Marketing Strategy 6
MARK936 Consumer Behaviour 6
MARK938 Managing Services and Relationship Marketing 6
MARK940 Marketing Communications 6
MARK956 Creating and Marketing New Products 6
MARK957 International Marketing Strategy 6
MARK977 Research For Marketing Decisions 6
MARK980 Strategic Brand Management 6
MARK995 Tourism Marketing 6

International students may also be able to enrol in one or more of the following subjects with approval from the supervisor and the Head of Postgraduate studies of their school.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
RESH901 Fundamentals for HDR Writing 0 Autumn, Spring
or
RESH900 Fundamentals for HDR Writing 6 Autumn, Spring

RESH901 or RESH900 Fundamentals for HDR Writing is designed for international students who are from a Non-English speaking background to help them with their thesis writing skills in the early stages of their degree.

GWP 800 Global Workplace Practice is also available to international students. For more information, visit the Workplace Integrated Learning website.

Health Services

This specialisation is not available in 2018.

PLEASE NOTE: Not all subjects are offered at all locations, and subject and session offerings may change prior to the commencement of session. Students are advised to check the latest information available on the Subject Database by clicking the subject codes above.

Research Areas

Areas of research available to candidates undertaking the PhD with the Faculty of Business are listed under each of the Faculty’s disciplines along with a list of academics in each discipline:

 

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

The Sydney Business School is a QS-ranked Top 200 business school. The ranking places the School in the top three business schools in Australia and 13th in the Asia-Pacific Region. In 2013, Sydney Business School was given a four-star ranking under the new QS ranking system for business schools.

The School brings together a wealth of international and industry experience, and a highly multicultural group of students. Students gain practical insights into different organisational cultures through interaction with other students who hold professional or managerial positions in business, industry and government, both in Australia and overseas.

The School's programs are regularly reviewed to ensure they remain market-relevant and meet the highest international standards. Programs are challenging, academically rigorous, and maintain a strong focus on leadership. Students are taught to think strategically and present cohesive, well researched ideas and arguments.

Students have access to a range of student services including extensive library resources, career and job-seeking assistance, student counsellor and online study resources. The Orientation program includes an academic skills workshop in order to provide students with the essential academic research and writing skills; further study assistance and English language development is also available.