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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Management

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Make an original and significant contribution to knowledge in the field of Management under the tutelage of high profile academics.

The aim of the UNSW Business School's Doctoral Program in Management is to train you with the skills to identify, analyse and solve problems using original academic research in this field.

Rigorous coursework will be undertaken dealing with theoretical foundations of organisational behaviour, organisation theory, human resources, strategy, international business, innovation, and entrepreneurship as well as a range of research methods on qualitative and quantitative analysis. This will be followed by full-time research culminating in a doctoral thesis.

You will be involved in research projects from an early stage and enjoy the interdisciplinary engagement with a high-quality cohort of research students across the whole Business School. There will also be exciting opportunities to develop your teaching portfolio.

Ultimately, your PhD thesis will showcase your research skills and contributions your research makes to knowledge by offering original insights into the field.

Year 1

The first year of the program is designed to provide a rigorous foundation to conduct research in Management using a range of methodologies and theoretical lenses, as well as helping to build your communication and presentation skills. 

Common core coursework will cover fundamental qualitative and quantitative research methods, and key research skills such as identifying, framing, presenting, and writing academic contributions.

You will also work as an assistant on faculty research projects and start working on your own research as your skills develop. Through your interactions with faculty staff you will use this first year to identify your potential thesis supervisor for the PhD component of the program.

Throughout the first year, there will be invaluable ongoing engagement with a cohort of high-achieving research students, as well as integration into the community of scholars in the Business School.

Under the new UNSW3+ academic calendar, being introduced in 2019, you will study one of the three common core courses in each trimester as well as additional Management stream courses.

Upon successful completion of the first year, you will be awarded a Master of Pre-Doctoral Business Studies and continue into the PhD, Management stream.

Program typeTerm 1Term 2Term 3
Program CoreCOMM8100 COMM8101
or
COMM8102
COMM8103
Stream Core MGMT5982
MGMT5983
COMM8001
Research assistance work
COMM8002
COMM8003

Program Core Courses 


The following courses are completed in your first year of study.

COMM8100 Foundations of Bus Research

This course covers the foundations of research for business research. In the first part of the course topics will include intellectual foundations of research, research methods and academic reading and writing. In the second part students will move into qualitative research design. The third and final part contains statistical methods and cover probability models, estimation, hypothesis testing and regression analysis.

COMM8101 Stats for Business Research

This course aims to provide a strong background in statistical methods.

It covers the foundations of statistical methods for business research and includes topics such as quantitative research methods, experimental design and analysis, survey design and analysis, linear and multiple regressions and discrete choice models, as well as case study research.

or

COMM8102 Econometric Analysis

This course aims to provide a strong background in advanced statistical methods.

Students will focus on advanced econometrics such as time-series econometrics and application to financial data, as well as field interventions and policy evaluations.

COMM8103 Research Project Seminar

This course aims to help students develop their skills in writing and presenting their own research.

The course includes topics on research integrity and ethics, how to develop research questions and conduct literature surveys, and how to present and provide feedback on research. Students will undertake an individual major written research project, a research presentation, and provide feedback on other students' research.

Stream Core Courses 


You must complete the following courses:

COMM8001 Introduction to Research Methods

This course will enable student to acquire fundamental knowledge, skills and experience necessary to conduct a qualitative research study.

The course focuses on fundamental issues critical for qualitative inquiry, such as philosophical foundations, theory building, the design and conduct of qualitative study (of different types), methods of data collection and analysis, researcher role and relationships with subjects researched, the quality of qualitative research, presentation of findings and writing a research proposal and a thesis.

It will also include the review of exemplary papers adopting a variety of qualitative research methods from organisation studies, management, marketing, accounting, information systems, and other business disciplines.

COMM8002 Quantitative Research Methods

This course introduces students to various advanced quantitative data analysis techniques required to design research projects and conduct the necessary data analysis. In conducting empirical studies, it is necessary to understand the benefits and drawbacks of various techniques, so that appropriate analytical techniques can be selected to answer the research questions being tested. These skills are an integral part of research methodology in a project/thesis.

COMM8003 Qualitative Research Methods

This course will enable student to acquire in-depth knowledge, skills and experience necessary to conduct a qualitative research study.

The course focuses on advanced issues critical for qualitative inquiry. It will also include the review of exemplary papers adopting a variety of qualitative research methods from organisation studies, management, marketing, accounting, information systems, and other business disciplines.

The course will adopt a workshop style where students will actively engage in debates and work with empirical material.

MGMT5982 Advanced theory in organisation and management

This course aims to extend and deepen the understanding of different theoretical approaches and frameworks in Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Management, and International Business theory and analysis in the context of social science and management research. Students will review and critically discuss major theories, developments and debates in theory and associated research, including innovation and entrepreneurship. The course provides in-depth and structured exposure to a series of topics in these areas.

MGMT5983 Advanced Methods in Organisation and Management Multi Level Modelling Module

This course aims to extend and deepen the understanding of different theoretical approaches and frameworks in Organisation Theory, Strategy, and International Business theory and analysis in the context of social science and management research. Students will review and critically discuss major theories, developments and debates in theory and associated research, including innovation and entrepreneurship. The course provides in-depth and structured exposure to a series of topics in these areas.


Year 2

During the second year, you continue in the Management stream, identifying your thesis topic with your supervisor and engaging in literature review and research design.

Years 3 - 4

In the last two years in the program, you will primarily conduct full-time research and work towards completing your doctoral thesis.

Your thesis gives you the chance to address some of the biggest challenges in Management and make a significant contribution to research and practice in these areas.  You will conduct original research to explore ideas and generate new knowledge that contributes to ongoing academic debate in your field.

It will offer new critical thinking and withstand critical analysis from expert researchers in the area, setting you firmly on the path to a potential career in a high quality academic institution anywhere in the world.

  • The equivalent of a three-year undergraduate degree plus an equivalent postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline with an overall average grade of at least 75 (Distinction).
  • OR
  • The equivalent of multiple undergraduate degrees (e.g. a dual degree) with at least one in a relevant discipline and an overall average grade of at least 75 (Distinction).
  • OR
  • The equivalent of a four-year degree of Bachelor with first or upper second-class Honours in a relevant discipline.

English language requirements also apply.

NOTE: These are the minimum requirements for admission. Admission will ultimately be at the discretion of the UNSW Business School and will rely on the Business School having appropriate research supervision capacity and resources available for the applicant’s research interests.


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

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We want all our research students to reach their maximum potential and to achieve this we offer in-depth faculty supervision and support, as well as study skills workshops and mentoring programs.

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Quick facts for students

Program code
1605
Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Assumed Knowledge
Management, Research experience
Study Mode
Face to face
Duration
4 years full-time; 5-8 years part-time
Commencing semesters
Term 1 – February

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