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Postgraduate research

Make an impact through research
Embarking on a research degree with us is an opportunity to work alongside some of the world's brightest and most accomplished academics.

Our postgraduate research program is designed to develop students with an excellent academic background into intellectual leaders who will contribute to business education and research that makes meaningful, real-world impact in the 21st century.

We have the drive to challenge traditional ways of thinking, and will provide you with supportive and collaborative research community to develop your research skills and build a knowledge base in your chosen discipline.

Why study with us?

  • Choose from a wide range of research areas across our diverse academic disciplines.
  • Research scholarship options are available to support you while undertaking research.
  • Work with industry leading researchers who are committed to contributing research with real-world impact.

Two scholarship options are available to full time, domestic and international, PhD and Master of Philosophy applicants:

Enhanced Business School Research Scholarship

The Business School offers 4-year scholarships for incoming students. The scholarships cover tuition fees and provide a stipend of $35,000 per annum for living costs. In addition to this stipend, scholarship recipients will have an opportunity to receive an additional amount, normally at least $10,000 per annum, in return for carrying out specific teaching duties. Details of these teaching duties will be given at the time of the scholarship offer.

To be considered for a scholarship, when submitting your online application for course candidature, indicate where prompted that you wish to be considered for the Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship. Consideration for the Business School Research Scholarship will be automatic. 

Learn more about the Enhanced Business School Research Scholarship.

Industry Partnered Scholarships

The Business School fosters research partnerships with Australian and international industry. These partnerships provide students the opportunity to conduct rigorous academic research in real business settings in collaboration with their industry partners and under the supervision of their academic advisors. Students will receive stipend support and tuition fee coverage.

Please email Ben Breeds at for more information.

The Postgraduate Research Program usually requires four years and contains coursework and research components. All students must complete at least five units of study: Research design; Philosophy of Science; Quantitative research methods; Qualitative Research methods; and either Advanced quantitative methods or Advanced qualitative methods. In addition to these units, students are encouraged to take any additional units deemed important for their research training.

Students are also expected to develop their research program under the guidance of their supervisors. Students must submit their thesis proposal within 12 months of commencement of their candidature and undergo annual progress reviews leading to the completion of their dissertation.

To be considered for a research degree in the University of Sydney Business School you need to submit an application through Sydney Student via one of the following links:

Applications must be submitted by 30 September for semester 1, and 15 March for semester 2.

The documents you need to provide with your application will vary depending upon which discipline you are applying for, see the admission requirements table (pdf, 45KB) for more information.

Bonnie Stanway

Female student outside Business School
PhD Candidate
“I completed a Master of Education (International Education) at the University of Sydney. My research led me to the Business School, and since then I have worked across multiple disciplines, teaching and conducting further research. I saw how the Business School offers ample opportunities for doctoral students to engage in innovative and unconventional research into important issues for industry and business education."
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