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Duration: 
4 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Overview

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 research in business & management 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.

You can choose your Business PhD topic from our research focus areas, where you’ll have the support of an experienced supervisory team. You’ll learn to present your research clearly and effectively in your thesis, public presentations, journals and more.

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:

Our research partners include government, industry and research associates in Australia and overseas. They include collaborations with:

  • World Health Organization
  • China Energy Research Institute
  • Department of State Development, Business and Innovation
  • Bushfire CRC
  • Central University of Finance and Economics (China)
  • Victorian Transport Association
  • Universidad de la Sabana (Colombia)
  • CSIRO
  • Chinese Academy of Science
  • Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
  • Nanjing University of Finance and Economics
  • Fudan University (China).

When you study at PhD level, you’ll have access to VU’s institutes, centres and research groups. These offer excellent opportunities to take part in specialised research, consultancy, advice and tailored learning.

Our research institutes offer services to business and government. They work collaboratively with the community and industry to achieve excellence in their field.

Two of the institutes of particular interest to business graduates are:

We offer various research scholarships for our PhD students. Victoria University has several generous research scholarships for successful applicants. There are also externally funded scholarships from dozens of organisations, some of which open only to postgraduate students.

VU Research gives you opportunities to:

  • connect with other researchers
  • participate in research festivals and competitions
  • develop your research skills
  • get funding for your research
  • publish and promote your findings.

We offer support for graduate researchers including:

  • an induction program
  • a Graduate Research Centre
  • units to help you conceptualise and contextualise your research
  • research ambassadors and student association.

Find out more about graduate opportunities at VU.

Work in a vibrant, inclusive community of researchers

Benefit from expertise shared by industry professionals

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.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. expert understanding of a substantial body of theory and its practical application at the frontier of a field of work or learning, including substantial expert knowledge of ethical research principles and methods applicable to the field.  
  2. intellectual independence and cognitive skills to undertake a systematic investigation, reflect critically on theory and practice and evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, including identifying, evaluating and critically analysing the validity of research studies and their applicability to a research problem.  
  3. expert cognitive, technical and creative skills to: design, develop and implement a research project/s to systematically investigate a research problem; develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge; manage, analyse, evaluate and interpret data, synthesising key ideas and theorising within the context of key literature.  
  4. expert communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions; to disseminate and promote new insights; and to cogently present a complex investigation of originality, or original research, both for external examination and to specialist (eg researcher peers) and non-specialist (industry and/or community) audiences through informal interaction, scholarly publications, reports and formal presentations.  
  5. capacity to reflect on, develop and evaluate strategies for achieving their own learning and career goals.  
  6. intellectual independence, initiative and creativity in new situations and/or for further learning.  
  7. ethical practice and full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs.  
  8. autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility as an expert and independent scholar.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Completed a relevant Masters degree or four year undergraduate degree with Honours or its equivalent at a high standard.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

You will need to follow the six steps to becoming a research student.

Contact the Graduate Research Centre on +61 3 9919 4522 or email apply.research@vu.edu.au if you require further information.

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