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Doctor of Philosophy in Business - PhD (PhD)

Course CodeFB000
Course TypePostgraduate
Credit Points Required 
CRICOS code000704A


The Doctor of Philosophy in Business is a higher degree by research.

PhD students may choose an area of specialisation for their PhD from any of the Disciplines in the University of Sydney Business School.

Degree Rules

The PhD degree is awarded to a thesis considered to be a substantial original contribution to knowledge in its field. The thesis of 80,000 words is sent to three examiners who are required to report that in their opinion:

  • The thesis is a substantial and original contribution to the knowledge of the subject concerned
  • The thesis displays evidence of high quality research
  • The thesis displays evidence of independent critical ability
  • The literary presentation of the thesis is satisfactory

Admission to Research Degrees

Students wishing to undertake a PhD in the Business School must be able to demonstrate that they have the necessary academic background in the field of study they wish to pursue.

To be eligible for admission to PhD candidature in the Business School, applicants are required to hold an undergraduate degree with First or Second class (Division One) Honours in the proposed field of study - or Masters degree with at least an 80% average and a 25% research thesis component from a recognised University or its equivalent. An Honours degree in Australia involves four years' study, including the preparation of a dissertation based on supervised research.

English Language Requirements

All International students must meet the following English language requirements:

  • IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each band); OR
  • TOEFL 600+ (TWE at 4.5+) or CBT 250+ (essay 4.5+) or IBT100+ (writing band 23 and no band below 22); OR
  • If a degree in English has been completed within the last 5 years there is no need to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score.

Candidate Responsibilities

1. Induction Program

Successful completion of the Induction Program including the unit of study BUSS7901 Research Design. The Induction Program and the Research Design unit must be completed in the first semester of enrolment.

2. Thesis Proposal Defence

Successful completion of the Thesis Proposal Defence.

3. Coursework

Successfully complete a maximum of six and a minimum of three coursework units including at least one quantitative and one qualititative unit. Undertake any additional coursework and attend any seminars as determined by their supervisor.

4. Progress

Candidates are required to maintain satisfactory progress as assessed at the Annual Progress Review.

5. Enrolment

All candidates are required to ensure they are correctly enrolled and that they regularly check their university email.


PhD candidature duration: three to four years full time or six to eight years part time. This will include a probationary period of 12 months.

How to Apply

All applicants are required to complete an Expression of Interest prior to submitting a formal application. Information on the EOI pre-application process is available at

Application information is available at or in person from the Business School Research Unit.

Additional information

For information on the structure of the degree program please refer to: