The Master of Pre-Doctoral Business Studies is a pathway for students wanting to undertake a PhD in the UNSW Business School. Take up to two successive years of advanced coursework during your doctoral studies.

 

Faculty
UNSW Business School
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Master of Pre-Doctoral Business Studies
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
1 Year(s)

Overview

The Master of Pre-Doctoral Business Studies is a pathway for students wanting to undertake a PhD in the UNSW Business School. Comprising the first component of the School's doctoral program, it's designed to allow Business School doctoral students to take up to two successive years of advanced coursework during their doctoral studies.

Students should be able to demonstrate a superior command of knowledge in the relevant business field and be proficient at analysing and evaluating evidence. This degree constitutes one year of advanced coursework including a research project. This degree is a prerequisite if you want to apply to undertake a PhD at the UNSW Business School.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

When you study with UNSW you'll be studying at a global top 50 university that is recognised in Australia and abroad for teaching and research excellence.

UNSW Business School offers an extensive choice of programs designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the contemporary workplace. Our curriculum is built with a ‘career ready’ mindset and students are immersed in active learning experiences and exposed to practical skills and tools they can immediately apply to real business problems.

Who should choose this degree?

This degree is designed for future PhD candidates in Business Studies.

 

Program Code
8635
CRICOS Code
096892J
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
48
Indicative Enrolments
20

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Entry requirements

The minimum requirements for admission are:

  1.  The equivalent of a three-year undergraduate degree plus a postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline from UNSW with an overall average grade of at least 75 (Distinction), OR the equivalent of multiple undergraduate degrees (eg a dual degree) from UNSW 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 from UNSW in a relevant discipline.
  2. For international students, a high degree of English language proficiency (IELTS 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each band).
  3. For applicants of the Economics stream, results for the GRE unless waived by the Stream Convenor.
  4. For applicants of the Marketing stream, results for the GMAT unless waived by the Stream Convenor.
  5. A 300 word statement of research interests. 
  6. The contact details of three potential referees.

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 an applicant's research interests.

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

The minimum requirements for admission are:

  1.  The equivalent of a three-year undergraduate degree plus a postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline from UNSW with an overall average grade of at least 75 (Distinction), OR the equivalent of multiple undergraduate degrees (eg a dual degree) from UNSW 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 from UNSW in a relevant discipline.
  2. For international students, a high degree of English language proficiency (IELTS 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each band).
  3. For applicants of the Economics stream, results for the GRE unless waived by the Stream Convenor.
  4. For applicants of the Marketing stream, results for the GMAT unless waived by the Stream Convenor.
  5. A 300 word statement of research interests. 
  6. The contact details of three potential referees.

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 an applicant's research interests.

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

The Master of Pre-Doctoral Business Studies is the first year of the Doctoral Program and constitutes one year of advanced coursework, including a research project. The degree has three core courses, providing a broadening of background in business research for all Doctoral students. Students also undertake a specialisation, ensuring they have completed appropriate field-specific preparatory advanced coursework for their chosen PhD degree.

For current, detailed course information visit the Pre-Doctoral Business Studies Handbook.

Future careers

This degree acts as a pathway for students wanting to undertake a PhD in the UNSW Business School.

UNSW Business School's Career Accelerator portfolio offers students exclusive access to a suite of for-credit, co-curricular and business experience opportunities to kick start your career.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Ready to start your application?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$35,280*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$35,280*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$48,240*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$49,240*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

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At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


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