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Master of Business Research MBSR

Program focus


The Master of Business Research is a research degree that aims
to train students in business research either for academic or management
purposes. The task of the Master of Business Research student is to
undertake a significant piece of research and report it in a scholarly
dissertation. The Master of Business Research aims to provide students
with opportunities to explore the resolution of particular management
problems using specialist knowledge and advanced techniques through
conducting research in a specialised area of business, management
or information systems.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Duration

1.5 years full-time, up to 3 years part-time

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Program aims

The Master of Business Research aims to produce graduates trained
in business research either for academic or management purposes. The
task of the Master of Business Research student is to undertake a
significant piece of research and report it in a scholarly dissertation.
The Master of Business Research aims to provide students with opportunities
to explore the resolution of particular management problems using
specialist knowledge and advanced techniques through conducting research
in a specialised area of business, management or information systems.

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Program objectives

On successful completion of this program students will be able
to:

  • comprehend and evaluate developments in a chosen area of business
    and critically examine the relationship between such changes and contemporary
    theory

  • identify, critically assess and apply selected research paradigms
    in terms of their theoretical status and their applicability for resolving
    contemporary business problems

  • undertake, interpret and evaluate management research using
    acceptable principles and techniques

  • develop and support a proactive approach to management decision
    making

  • create a scholarly document.


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Program structure

The Master of Business Research is a 12-unit research program
comprising 4 units of coursework and 8 units of dissertation. Students
must successfully complete the following courses:

Course Semester/mode of offer
BUS8401 Research Methodology 1 S1, S2
BUS8402 Research Methodology 2 S1, S2
BUS8403 Research Methodology 3 S1, S2
BUS8404 Research Methodology 4 S1, S2
BUS8201 Masters Dissertation A (2
units)
S1, S2
BUS8202 Masters Dissertation B (4
units)
S1, S2

The dissertation allows students to undertake in-depth, independent
investigation in a chosen area of business. To successfully complete
the dissertation, students will be required to select a topic, develop
a proposal, carry out supervised research on the topic using an appropriate
research method and present the results in a dissertation of no more
than 40,000 words.

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Exit points

A student who successfully completes all BUS8401, BUS8402
, BUS8403 and BUS8404, may
upon application, exit with the Postgraduate Certificate in Business
Research.

A student who completes all BUS8401, BUS8402
, BUS8403, BUS8404, and 4
units of dissertation, may upon application, exit with the Postgraduate
Diploma of Business Research.

A student enrolled in the Master of Business Research who wishes
to exit without completing the program, may on the basis of outstanding
performance seek to transfer to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program.
To be considered for acceptance into the PhD program, students will
have:

  • completed at least 8 units within the Master of Business Research

  • obtained an overall GPA of at least 5.2 averaged across BUS8401, BUS8402, BUS8403
    and BUS8404

  • achieved confirmation of Master's candidature by the Office
    of Research and Higher Degrees.


Note: candidates will be required to meet the admission
requirements of the PhD program and, if they are accepted, will be
enrolled as provisional candidates with their status reviewed within
12 months for full-time enrolment or 24 months for part-time enrolment.
Students may apply for exemptions in the PhD program based on the
MBSR research dissertation units completed.

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