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Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Commerce & Economics

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  • How to apply
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Why choose this research degree?

  • Gain a deeper insight in your discipline, including underlying paradigms, advanced theory and research processes
  • Access the very latest business research and learn from the high profile academics
  • Opportunity to conduct your own specialist research project, contributing to the knowledge within this discipline
  • Be part of the UNSW Business School’s vibrant, globally recognised research community
  • Acquire basic research training to apply for a PhD degree

Who is this degree for?

  • Graduates with excellent results in their four year  undergraduate degree (preferably with honours)
  • Postgraduates with excellent results in their postgraduate coursework degree who want to acquire basic research training.

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) consists of an average of four coursework subjects including research methodology relevant to the field of study (usually undertaken in the first year of candidature) and a research project of at least 66% of the degree.

Choose from the following disciplinary streams:

  • Accounting
  • Risk and Actuarial Studies
  • Banking and Finance
  • Taxation and Business Law
  • Economics
  • Industrial Relations
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Marketing
  • Information Systems and Management
  • International Business

The minimum academic entry requirement for the MPhil is:

  • An undergraduate degree AND
  • A coursework Master’s degree in a related discipline* with an overall grade of Distinction (75 per cent) or higher;
  • OR

  • An undergraduate degree AND
  • An equivalent academic qualification or research output in the form of publications or relevant work experience.

* The notion of a related discipline can be interpreted broadly. Applicants may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Information on how to apply for this degree is available at How to apply for a research degree.

We know you're busy balancing postgraduate study with your personal and other work commitments. So UNSW Business School's dynamic learning spaces, facilities and student support helps you make the most of every day on campus.

Expand your professional network

Your postgraduate cohort is more than a valuable future business network – you'll make lifelong friends in class and at a range of social events. Join a student club – there are more than 180 social, cultural, sports and professional clubs to choose from. The Graduate Student Association is a great place to start.  Find out more

All the support you need to achieve

If it has been a while since you last studied, you may need to brush up on your skills. We'll help with study skills workshops and Career Mentoring programs. Our Meet the Executive series offers unique behind the scenes business insights and the Business School's LEAD Business Leadership program, as well as many other orientation, leadership and mentor programs, can open the door to new opportunities. Find out more

Stay active on campus

Exercise boosts your mental wellbeing and can help you deal with exam or assignment pressures. It's easy to stay fit with state of the art sporting facilities on campus, including a 50m indoor pool, fitness centre, squash courts and a range of competitive sports teams. Find out more

Everything you need in one place

The UNSW Kensington campus is like a village hub, with cafes, bars, banks, a post office, medical and dental centres as well as retail outlets. It's a short bus trip to Sydney's CBD, many beautiful beaches, the SCG and Centennial Park, and movie theatres at Fox Studios. Find out more

Make the most of every opportunity

Your postgraduate degree is a unique chance to get a new perspective on life. So get involved – as well as student clubs and social activities there are internships, volunteer projects, competitions and international exchanges on offer. It's a great way to further develop your leadership, project management or specialist skills.

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Quick facts for students

Program code
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Study Mode
Face to face
1.5 years (full-time), 3 years (part-time)
Commencing terms
Term 1 – February
Term 3 – September
Program fee (total)*
* Fees are indicative only

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