Your UNSW Business School postgraduate experience

7 Reasons to study postgrad at UNSW Business School

UNSW Business School postgraduate programs have been designed to provide a competitive edge in the market. Choosing to return to study provides the opportunity to develop your leadership capabilities, gain further knowledge in your field, move into a new area of business and earn professional accreditation.

Through UNSW Sydney’s strong links to industry, world class academics and global networks, our postgraduate programs empower you to enhance or shift your career, with a range of flexible study options to fit into your life.

Here are the top 7 reasons to choose UNSW Business School:

1. You want higher salaries and employment outcomes

UNSW Sydney graduates are amongst the most employable and earn some of the highest salaries in Australia, according to the latest national survey on graduate outcomes.

92.6% of our postgraduate students* found full-time employment within four months of graduating and received the highest median salary in Australia within three years of employment.

Alumnus, Brooke Shaw was five years into her role as a Management Consultant at EY when she decided to return to study and enrol in a UNSW Business School Master of Commerce degree. Within a year of graduating she was promoted to Senior Manager and received a global employee award. Brooke attributes her advancement to her additional training.

“The degree provided me with knowledge and skills that were relevant to my day-to-day work, and could be put into practice straight away.”

With the right training and connections, graduates can utilise their training to fast track career growth.

2. You don’t need to have a degree to study postgrad

If you have professional experience but not an undergraduate degree, the Business School has study options available to support your career progression and help you succeed.

There are a variety of postgraduate programs and degrees such as graduate certificates and graduate diplomas which can lead you there.

  • New to business or looking for a refresher? Build a strong foundation of business knowledge and gain practical real world experience with a Graduate Certificate in Commerce
  • Want to get specific Financial Planning knowledge? Gain specific skills and ethical education in personal finance advisory with a Graduate Certificate In Financial Planning
  • Want to give back and make a difference? You can explore real-world case studies, frameworks and develop best practice to lead sustainable and systemic change in corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors with a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact

3. Don’t get stuck – shift your career

Propel your professional life in a whole new direction. Study areas in demand by employers such as Social Impact, Business Analyctics, Sustainability, FinTech and more. Whether you are investing in your education for professional advantage, or preparing for a career in an emerging industry with substantial potential, postgraduate study can get you to where you want to be.

Alumnus, Subhro Bhattacharya had an undergraduate degree in economics but was craving a career change. He chose the UNSW Business School Master of Professional Accounting with the hope of working at one of the ‘big four’. Subhro is now an Associate Director of Audit, Assurance and Risk, consulting at KPMG.

"This course has defined my professional career in full,” he says. “It gave me the tools to be industry-ready."

4. You want to be taught by the best

Be educated at one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities by award-winning academics and leaders in their field.

UNSW Sydney was the first university in the world to be awarded the maximum QS Five Star Plus rating in 2012 and has maintained this ranking ever since. This rating recognises our excellence in teaching, research, employability, inclusiveness, internationalisation, facilities and innovation.

Academic Director of Postgraduate Programs Associate Professor Tracy Wilcox said the UNSW Business School has got talented researchers who are thought leaders across a whole range of fields.

“We have passionate and innovate educators and we have a diverse and inspiring student mix,” she said.

Our postgraduate research students receive a world-class education, with UNSW Sydney investing $250 million in research infrastructure sine 2015 and being a member of the prestigious Group of Eight- a coalition of Australia’s leading research intensive universities.

This means you’ll be mentored by educators and renowned researchers who will guide you to your full potential with strong connections to industry.

5. Career Accelerator

Postgraduate programs give students exclusive access to a suite of professional development and work-integrated learning opportunities through UNSW Business School’s dedicated Career Accelerator, a suite of programs designed to give you practitical experience to accompany your studies.

With Career Accelerator, you can undertake internships and global business practicums overseas for credit towards your degree, and build industry connections through networking and mentoring.

Charlotte Bekkevold signed up to be mentored through the UNSW Business School’s Career Mentoring Program.

“I could speak with my mentor about my previous experience, and identify my objectives and career goals,” she said. “Doing that definitely increased my understanding of my strengths and the type of opportunities I should apply for.”

6. You can choose a postgraduate option to suit you

Whether you plan on adding study to a schedule that already includes; full-time or part-time work or family commitments, postgraduate study at UNSW Business School is designed with flexibility in mind.

If you prefer to study entirely online, face to face, full-time or part-time, there are multiple postgraduate study options available.

Use our Degree Finder to uncover the flexible study options available and see where postgraduate study can take you.

7. Scholarships

UNSW Sydney has a selection of postgraduate coursework and postgraduate research scholarships on offer. With more than $81 million awarded to students within the past year, there are a range of scholarships available to make your university experience easier and more affordable.

Enhance your opportunities to network, establish mentor relationships and participate in overseas exchange during your postgraduate degree with a coursework scholarship.

Our research scholarships support students to conduct high-quality, impactful research. postgraduate research domestic scholarships include Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships, University postgraduate Awards and an array of Faculty Top-Up Scholarships.

* According to the 2017/18 Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching Graduate Outcomes Survey.

Life at UNSW Business School

How to balance work and study

How to balance family and study

Life on Campus

The impact of postgraduate study

How Postgraduate Study changed my life

Yes, postgraduate study is an investment. It can take time and financial resources, leaving some to wonder if the payoff is worth it. Five professionals share how their postgraduate degrees have impacted their careers and changed their lives – in ways they couldn’t have imagined.

“A whole new level of confidence”

Frederick Mahar had been running his own accounting firm for five years and had four young children when he decided to enrol in a Master of Taxation.

“I knew it would give me an extra level of depth when it came to tax advisory, but I was terrified I couldn’t do it,” he says. “I was afraid of the unknown.”

But, Frederick was determined to make the most of the opportunity.

“I played up a bit in my undergraduate degree, and regret not putting my head down and studying,” he says. “I was absolutely committed to using this specialised course to take my career to the next level.”

Complex discussions with clients are now something that Frederick feels comfortable engaging in. 

“I’ve got a whole new level of confidence,” he says. “Now, If I get a curly question from a client, I know how to find out the answer easily. The high-level advisory work I do is all because of this course.”

Frederick Mahar

“Now, If I get a curly question from a client, I know how to find out the answer easily. The high-level advisory work I do is all because of this course.”

Frederick Mahar
​Managing Principal
Fm Mahar & Associates

“An international perspective”

The diversity of the student cohort appealed to Brooke Shaw when she was undertaking a Master of Commerce. 

“I was in tutorials with students from Asia and Europe,” she says. “I heard about the challenges faced in companies across the globe that I never would have heard of otherwise. This also gave me a deeper understanding of cross-cultural communication.”

Brooke’s postgraduate qualification also means she stands out in the increasingly competitive job market.

“At this stage, Australia isn’t a country that requires people to have postgraduate qualifications,” she says, “But you don’t have to look far to see that postgraduate degrees are really valued and expected internationally. What I learnt and experienced increased my effectiveness working internationally.”

“A career change”

With an undergraduate degree in economics, Subhro Bhattacharya decided to change careers and study a Master of Professional Accounting, with the aim of working for one of the ‘big four’. 

“The course is very practical and if you want to work for the big four, the choice is simple,” he says. “The course is seen as practically relevant by corporates which is great.”

Subhro is now an Associate Director of Audit, Assurance and Risk, consulting at KPMG. 

“This course has defined my professional career in full,” he says. “It gave me the tools to be industry-ready.”

Subhro Bhattacharya

​“This course has defined my professional career in full. It gave me the tools to be industry-ready.”

Subhro Bhattacharya
​Associate Director of Audit, Assurance and Risk
KPMG

“Opens doors”

Creating networks and building relationships with peers and industry professionals was paramount to Astri Prakoso’s postgraduate experience. 

“The Master of Commerce opened doors for me because practising marketers were invited to come as guest speakers to tie theory to reality,” she says. ”They were open to networking and I was able to gain insightful advice from them.” 

Astri also utilised the connections she made with fellow students.

“Through the program, I met and developed really good relationships with other students, who are now marketers in various industries,” she says. “It's great to have them as your peers who you can reach out to.” 

“Growing personally and professionally”

When undertaking a Master of Financial Analysis, Frances Summerhayes was careful to choose subjects that would align with her career development plan. 

“I had skills I wanted to develop,” she says, “So I chose subjects that would help me reach these goals.” 

Frances, who is the Head of Finance at BHP, acknowledges that financial and time pressures can influence decisions to undertake postgraduate study. 

“If you are going to do postgraduate study, then put your full-self into the degree,” she says. “Like many things in life, the more you put in, the more you get out of it.”

For Frances, the investment in her career was undoubtedly worth it.

“I have had the return on investment,” she says. “My degree had a payback period of one year, when I was promoted to Financial Controller – a role I had the confidence to fulfil. It gave me the stable foundation to be the finance leader I am today.”

​If you are going to do postgraduate study, then put your full-self into the degree. Like many things in life, the more you put in, the more you get out of it.​

Frances Summerhayes
Head of Finance
BHP

Get the skills, knowledge and confidence to transform your career.
Explore the postgraduate option that’s best suited to you.

Meet the Academic Hauke A. Wetzel

Graduates who have successfully finished the marketing analytics specialisation are in very high demand and can often pick from various exciting opportunities.

Hauke A. Wetzel
Associate Professor of Marketing, UNSW Sydney

Hauke is passionate about marketing analytics. His research is empirical in nature and has been published in prominent marketing journals such as the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science and the Journal of Service Research amongst several others. He has received multiple awards and nominations for his research.

He has also led research and consulting projects in marketing analytics in various industries involving established national, international and global companies as well as start-ups in Germany and in New Zealand.

Building on his research and practical experiences has prepared Hauke to be a stand-out teacher and academic. Hauke has previously taught marketing analytics and marketing research courses at the University of Mannheim, EBS Business School, Georg-August University Göttingen in Germany, and at Massey University in New Zealand.

Hauke is currently teaching Customer Analytics (MARK5827) at UNSW Business School as part of the Marketing stream in the Master of Commerce degree. MARK5827 introduces customer data analytics to sharpen customer relationship management practices.

In the Customer Analytics course, students will learn how to apply analytics to manage customers throughout different stages of the customer life cycle. The course will teach students how to identify customer segments, forecast customer demand, understand marketing initiatives and adopt a value-based CRM approach.

The aim of the course is to equip students with the customer analytics background required to become a capable customer relationship manager or marketing analyst.

Students who take part in Hauke’s courses will gain fundamental knowledge about CRM problems and will be introduced to advanced analytical methods. They will then be assisted in applying these methods in practice.

Recent evidence suggests that graduates who have successfully finished the marketing analytics specialisation are in very high demand and can often pick from various exciting opportunities to enhance business performance through marketing analytics.

The course uses a combination of lectures, tutorials, individual study and teamwork.

Gain actionable marketing analytics knowledge and lead your company’s marketing strategy with a specialisation in marketing analytics at UNSW Business School.

Meet the Academic Alexandra Walker

Every time I walk into a lecture hall or a classroom and see the faces of students, I am genuinely excited and happy to be there. They are why I do what I do.

ALEXANDRA WALKER

Lecturer At the Centre For Social Impact, UNSW Sydney

Prior to teaching, Alexandra completed an Arts/Law undergraduate degree in 2006 and a master's degree in International Law and International Relations (MILIR) in 2008 at UNSW, Sydney. Alexandra also completed a PhD in group dynamics (collective consciousness) and international law at ANU in 2013.

Alexandra's applied research focuses on large-scale systems change through business and leadership. She currently teaches two courses with leadership as a central focus: Leadership for Social Impact and Leading Change for Sustainability.

Graduates from the Centre for Social Impact can look forward to becoming part of a diverse cohort of social impact leaders from across Australia and the world through networking opportunities and online platforms.

Studies in Social Impact can open up career opportunities in:

  • Not-for-profit and government departments
  • Consulting and other business organisations
  • Community and research groups
  • Public sector
  • Educational institutions

The Centre for Social Impact offers degrees and programs for:

  • Professionals working in the social sector who are looking to upskill and further develop their social impact knowledge and skills
  • Professionals working in the public or business sectors looking to develop social impact knowledge and skills to inform their current or future work practice
  • Professionals who seek a pathway into the Graduate Diploma of Social Impact or AGSM MBAX (Social Impact), with relevant work experience and no bachelor degree qualification

Explore real-world case studies, frameworks and develop best practice to lead sustainable and systemic change in corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors with either a Graduate Diploma in Social Impact, Graduate Certificate in Social Impact, a Master in Commerce (Global Sustainability & Social Impact) or an MBA (Social Impact).

Applying for postgraduate study

Tips for applying for a scholarship

UNSW Business School has a variety of scholarships on offer that are just waiting for you to apply for them. What most people don’t know is that not only can a scholarship help you financially, they can also deliver additional opportunities such as chances to network, mentoring relationships, overseas exchange and can even lead to employment opportunities.

Starting a scholarship application can be daunting, so we’ve enlisted the help of scholarship assessors Associate Professor Tracy Wilcox, (Academic Director, Postgraduate Programs) and Associate Professor Christine Mathies (Academic Director Undergraduate Programs). They read through the thousands of applications submitted to the UNSW Business School, and have offered to provide some handy tips and tricks.

1. Common mistakes to avoid

Not reading the application correctly or simply missing questions, are just some of the common mistakes seen in applications.

"Basically, we have to rank them as zero if they have missed a section or they just answer it in five words. They are basically pulling themselves out of eligibility for the scholarship," Tracy said.

Quick tips:

  • Don't rush the application process, and do create a rough draft in Microsoft Word before submitting
  • Research your scholarship and make sure you read and understand all the questions before you start your application
  • Start applying early if possible
  • Ask a friend or trusted source to proof-read before submitting

2. It’s not just about your grades - use personal experience to stand out

Applications that stand out reference both academic and co-curricular achievements. Applicants need to tie in their own personal experience and give the reader a sense of who they are, what experiences have shaped them and what they truly want to accomplish with their degree in the future.

What should you remember when applying for a Undergraduate scholarship?

There can be a lot of overlap in the applications, many students have held leadership positions or excelled in sport; so Christine suggests applicants go beyond only listing those achievements. Applicants should think about what they have done differently to stand out from the crowd.

“What's your why? What’s pushing you? … And why are you taking the next step in terms of studying in Australia, studying at UNSW, studying the degree that you've chosen out of all the options that you've had?” she said.

What should you remember when applying for a Postgraduate scholarship?

Tracy says when it comes to post-graduate applications, she looks for well-rounded students who are open to change and are passionate about their prospective careers.

“They (applicants) have exercised some leadership in the past. They have given back to the community in some way. They have a real growth mindset, so are interested in growing, learning and contributing, and they have a global outlook,” she said.

3. Diverse range of scholarships & benefits other than money

UNSW Business School also provides a wide range of Equity Scholarships, awards and grants to assist students from disadvantaged and under-represented groups, including, indigenous students and students from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Some scholarships can include additional benefits such as mentoring from industry professionals, work experience or overseas exchange, so do read the fine print.

4. Apply, apply, apply

Being too selective over scholarships can also be a detriment to applicants.

“You cannot miss out on the scholarship that you haven't applied for,” Christine said.

“What we're really looking for is high achieving students that kind of live and breathe the ethos of the Business School.”

Tracy said awarding scholarships is a way of recognising students who they believe are exemplars of the UNSW community.

“We’re really proud of them. They represent us and they embrace the best of what coming to UNSW is all about,” she said.

Find the right UNSW Business School scholarship for you.

Your UNSW Business School Experience