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Business/Management/Marketing PhD program information

Admission requirements

To be admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy program you will be required to have completed at least a four-year Australian degree or equivalent with a result of first class honours or upper second class honours or such other qualification (being a qualification that is equivalent or superior to such a degree) as the Delegated Authority determines.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

You may be granted admission if you can demonstrate that you have a background equivalent to these qualifications.

Please note that there are other admission criteria that students must also satisfy. Admission is competitive and only a limited number of students are admitted to the PhD program each year.

Applicants who do not satisfy the minimum entry standard for the PhD program may be offered entry conditional on satisfactory completion of a preparatory program.

PhD program structure


PhD Candidates are required to undertake up to six semester-length courses over the first twelve months (when studying on a full time basis) of their candidature.

Each PhD student is required to take all 4 mandatory courses and 2 elective courses as follows:

Mandatory coursework

  1. MGMT8006 Management Research Methods  (S1, intensive course – 7 weeks)
  2. MGMT8018 Qualitative Research Methods   (S1, intensive course – 6 weeks)
  3. MMIB8003 Special Research Topic 1(Business Research Seminar, S1 & S2)
  4. STAT6038 Regression Modelling Regression Modelling (S1 & S2)

(Note: Students without sufficient background in statistics may be required to take an additional prerequisite course before enrolment to any of these courses)

Elective coursework

Elective courses can be selected from the following list (master level courses):

Research Supervision

When a PhD candidate is admitted to the program, a provisional supervisor is appointed. The provisional supervisor has the responsibility of overseeing the student’s candidature until a supervisory panel is chosen.

During the first year, it is important that candidates start developing their research topic ideas through consultation with their provisional supervisor and other academic staff within RSM.

Either in their first year of study, or soon after completion of their coursework, a supervisory panel will be chosen. The role of the panel is to assist, advise and provide support and encouragement to the student for a timely and successful completion. The PhD Convenor will determine the composition of the supervisory panel in consultation with the student.

Annual Presentations

In each year of their candidature, RSM PhD students are required to give a 45min-1hr presentation to academic staff and students:

Either late in the first year, or during the second year of the program, candidates are required to present a Thesis Proposal Review (TPR). Successful completion of the TPR (as determined by the candidate’s supervisory panel) is required to continue in the program. If the TPR is held in the second year of the program, then during the first year the student is required to also give a presentation on their intended research.

In their final year candidates are required to give a final presentation (Oral Presentation) that is usually held three months before thesis submission. If the Oral Presentation is held after the third year of candidature, then the candidate is also expected to give a presentation on the outcome of research undertaken in their third year.

Annual reviews

In each year of their candidature, PhD candidates are required to submit an annual report which outlines a research plan for the next twelve months, and a progress report that summarises progress and identifies any difficulties or changes in the research plan, if any. These reports form the basis of the student’s annual review.

Please see Research Student Milestones for further details.

Research Integrity Training

PhD candidates are also required to undertake Research Integrity Training (RIT). This training program has been developed by the ANU Office of Research Integrity and needs to be completed online within 3-6 months following commencement.

Thesis Submission and Examination

Information on the process of thesis submission and examination can be found here: Submitting a thesis.

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