Postgraduate research

The University of Sydney Business School offers two higher degrees by research: the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil). These degrees are available either full time or part time.

Prospective students should contact the Business School's Research Unit for information about admission into a research program.


Prospective students complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) form and forward with attachments to The University of Sydney Business School Research Unit. This allows the School to check that prospective students' meet the minimum academic entry requirements for the research program, that the School has the resources to support your research project to completion, and that suitable supervision is available.

Deadlines for the EOI
Commencing semester EOI* lodgement date
Semester 1 1st September
Semester 2 1st March

*A complete EOI must be lodged by the deadline above. This means all required documents must attached.

Outcome of the EOI

Successful applicants will be invited to complete a formal application (see below).

Unsuccessful applicants will be ineligible to apply and provided with a reason for their unsuccessful EOI application.

Formal application

Steps in the application process
Step 1 The applicant finds their course and applies online
Step 2 The application is initially checked by Admission staff. If the application is complete it is forwarded to the Business School Research Unit. All international students must provide proof that the English language requirement is met at this stage. Note: Incomplete applications cannot be processed and will not move past this stage until requested documents are provided.
Step 3 Business School Research Unit checks the application and obtains required approvals.
Step 4 Offer letter is issued by the Admissions Team.

Assessment of the application

In order for an application for admission to be successful, the Business School must determine whether a prospective student has the potential to successfully complete the proposed research program. In addition, the Postgraduate Research Coordinator must verify that:

  1. the proposed course of study and research is appropriate and acceptable
  2. the applicant has the necessary training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study and research
  3. there are sufficient supervisory and other resources and facilities available to ensure candidature can be completed successfully within the time limits.

Induction program

All commencing PhD and MPhil candidates within the Business School undertake a formal induction program. Induction includes sessions on academic writing, managing the supervisor relationship, and information relating to the School’s program and funding opportunities.

Research facilities

The Business School has excellent research facilities to assist research candidates.

  • The Research Centre – this area consists of both carrels and workstations. It also has printing, photocopying, phone, lounge area and kitchen facilities. The Centre is located in the Economics and Business Building and access is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Fisher Library contains significant collections relevant to the work of the Business School.
  • Email accounts and internet access are also available, along with a number of computer packages, securities price files, company annual reports, historical records, legal services, and stock exchange services.