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What will I learn?

Make contributions to your chosen field as a skilled researcher. Our PhD program gives you the expertise needed for a high-level career in business, academia or government.

PhD in Business & Management program at VU

VU offers world-class business, management and public-policy research opportunities in our doctoral degree. We have connections with specialised institutes, private businesses and public organisations. Our research partners include:

  • World Health Organization
  • Department of State Development, Business and Innovation
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

We start by equipping you with high-level, ethical research methods. With these skills, you will undertake original research at the forefront of its field.

Research areas for business & management doctorate students

When you undertake a doctoral degree at VU, you’ll specialise in one of our areas of research focus. These are supported by expertise from the University, research partners, institutes and research centres.

We are committed to undertaking high-impact research that shapes healthier, smarter and more sustainable communities across six interdisciplinary areas of research focus.

Business and management students can find a PhD topic that lends itself to any of these areas. Of particular interest may be:

  • Enhancing the evidence base for public policy development – advanced methods for evidence-based analysis of the full ramifications of public policy alternatives, including economic modelling.
  • Building resilient and inclusive communities – identify practical policies and evidence-based interventions to build more resilient and inclusive communities.
  • Supporting industry responses to change – provide key partner industries with the required systems and practices to respond to changing political, economic, social and technological landscapes.

Careers in business and government

Following your PhD, you’ll be ready for a research career in business or the public sector, or to become an academic. These are usually high-level roles, and paid accordingly.

You’ll understand how to collect, analyse and present data and evidence. You’ll use this knowledge to make a new contribution to your field.

We offer industry connections to begin your career in these areas:

  • development
  • economics
  • education
  • environment
  • health
  • law
  • population growth
  • sustainability
  • tourism.

Course structure

The PhD is a research based degree with a maximum duration of 4 years (full time) and 8 years (part time).

As well as enrolling in Research Thesis units Doctor of Philosophy (Science) students will be required to complete two coursework units, ROP8001 and ROP8002.

An average result of 70% is required in the compulsory coursework units in order to proceed to candidature confirmation. Ongoing progression is subject to policy and procedures for candidature management as per the VU HDR Policy.

Course structure and units

Coursework Units

Conceptualising and Contextualising Research

Unit code ROP8001

Research Integrity and Ethics

Unit code ROP8002

Business and Management (Full-Time)

Unit code BBM8900 Credits 48

Majors

  • Midwifery
  • Business
  • Human Movement
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Which department am I in?

VU Research

CRICOS

084125C

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
AUD $14,900 to AUD $17,000 per semester.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected July 2023

Venue

St Albans Campus

McKechnie Street,

ST ALBANS,

Victoria,

3021, MELBOURNE, Australia

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
AUD $14,900 to AUD $17,000 per semester.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected July 2023

Venue

Werribee Campus

Hoppers Lane,

WERRIBEE,

Victoria,

3030, MELTON, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Entry into a research program (postgraduate study) requires completion of: an honours degree or a master’s degree by coursework with a research component, or an equivalent qualification from an approved university. English language requirements: IELTS (academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0); TOEFL Internet: Test score of 79. Section score no less than: Listening: 19, Speaking: 19, Reading: 18, Writing: 22. Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score 58-64 (with no section score less than 50); University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176. No individual band less than 169; VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved.

For international students

Entry into a research program (postgraduate study) requires completion of: an honours degree, or a masters degree by coursework with a research component, or an equivalent qualification from an approved university.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)

TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 79 (Listening 19, Speaking 19, Reading 18, Writing 22)

Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 58 (no section score less than 50)

University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176. No individual band less than 169.

VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Victoria University

With over 100 years of educational prestige, Victoria University has earned its spot in the top 2% of universities worldwide.

  • Top 2% university globally (Times Higher Education 2021)
  • Revolutionary Block Model learning methods
  • VU ranked #1 nationally for Employability Skills
  • #3 in Australia for Learner Engagement (SES 2020)

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