Mandatory Candidature Requirements for PhD and MPhil Candidates


All PhD candidates must complete six units of coursework which includes the core unit, Research Design. The other 5 units will be decided on the basis of the student's previous academic record and the area of research they intend to pursue. All students must complete at least one qualitative methods and one quantitative methods unit of study. All Master of Philosophy candidates must complete the core unit, Research Design although some candidates may be required to undertake specific coursework units as part of their candidature.

Credit for up to three units may be granted. Students do not need to apply for credit this will be assessed automatically as part of the application process. Credit cannot be granted once a student has enrolled.

Candidates may take units of study at other institutions with approval from the Business School. For external courses an outline of the course must be provided to the Business School Research Unit prior to the granting of approval. After completion of the unit a certified copy of the transcript and/or letter of completion must be forwarded to the Business School Research Unit.

The Business School endeavours to offer as many of these units as possible each semester however we cannot guarantee all units will be offered. Only students enrolled in a research degree within the University of Sydney Business School will be eligible to enrol in these units.

Thesis Proposal Defence

All PhD students must formally defend their research thesis proposal. The goal is to ensure that the proposed research is worthwhile, meaningful, viable and feasible, and can be completed within the timeframe given the resource constraints of the program. The thesis proposal defence is coordinated by the students Discipline and should be completed within the first two to three semesters from the commencement of their candidature. Each Discipline should remain consistent as to when they require their students to complete their defence.

The Business School will only require Master of Philosophy students to formally defend their research thesis proposal if after one year of candidature they wish to transfer into the PhD Program. This is on the provision that their supervisor and Postgraduate Research Coordinator support their transfer and this transfer must also be approved by the Director of Doctoral Studies.

Research Thesis Proposal Defence Guidelines

Contact the Research Student Program Manager for a copy of the Research Thesis Proposal Defence document.

Thesis Defence Proposal Outcome Form

If a student successfully defends their research proposal their Discipline must complete the Defence Proposal Outcome Form and return this to the Business School Research Unit so that this can be reflected on the students candidature.

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