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C02048v4 Doctor of Philosophy

Award(s): Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
CRICOS code: 058221G
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus


Research degrees are offered on a sponsored, scholarship or full-fee-paying basis. Contact Postgraduate Research for further details.

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Other information


The PhD is a University-wide degree that involves an intense period of supervised study and research. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded to successful candidates who have made a distinct contribution to knowledge, whether by original investigation, review or criticism.

With accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, UTS Business School is one of a select few elite business schools worldwide. Many UTS Business School staff are leaders in their fields both academically and in industry, working as senior staff or consultants, or with strong links to major corporations.

The UTS Business School PhD program recognises that certain core skills are critical to the successful completion of world-class research. The PhD program provides the opportunity for candidates to receive training in advanced disciplinary and cross-disciplinary methods which provide the basis on which candidates are able to build research capability. PhD students are supervised by a committee of three, with a chairperson normally located in the discipline most fundamental to the candidate's doctoral research. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged, and PhD committees can include researchers from cognate or other disciplines beyond where the candidate is located.

Career options

Career options include management-level positions in industry or government, and academic positions.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of the relevant field necessary for a career in academia or specialised business discipline
1.2 Integrate research principles and concepts and apply them to relevant academic and professional disciplines
2.1 Critically evaluate existing academic literature in the research field
2.2 Apply critical and creative thinking to address major research issues in business disciplines
3.1 Convey research clearly and fluently, in high-quality written form appropriate for academic and/or professional audiences
4.1 Critically analyse the core professional obligations, values and operations of researchers in business as appropriate to the relevant discipline
5.1 Apply research skills necessary for academia or professional practice in a disciplinary specialisation

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised master's by research or bachelor's degree with first or second class honours (division 1), or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.

Previous qualifications must be in business or a related discipline. Each applicant is required, prior to application, to contact the Business School well ahead of the closing date for applications for a pre-assessment.

Applicants are also required to submit a brief thesis proposal or statement of research interest with their application.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 27; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65-72; or CAE: 185-190.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The maximum course duration is four years of full-time or eight years of part-time study.

Course structure

Candidates are required to complete a thesis of between 50,000 and 70,000 words. Candidates may also be required to undertake some coursework in research methods and/or theoretical knowledge in the core fields of study. During their candidature, students' progress is monitored via assessments and regular progress reports.

Course completion requirements

Select one of the following: 
      21982 PhD Thesis: Management 
      22982 PhD Thesis: Accounting 
      24982 PhD Thesis: Marketing 
      23926 PhD Thesis: Economics 
      25927 PhD Thesis: Finance 
      26928 PhD Thesis: Health Economics 
      24912 PhD Thesis: Business Analytics 

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Graduate Research School.