Master of Business by Research - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Master of Business by Research

Help shape the future of business.

Pick an area of business you really want to research and make a valuable contribution to knowledge in that area. You can even get a great job from your research findings with an opportunity to apply them in the workplace.

Study locations
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Fraser Coast
  • Gympie
  • Caboolture
Refer to the program footnotes
CRICOS code
065370C
Commence
Students can apply and start throughout the year, subject to program requirements
Program length (full-time)
2 years
Annual tuition fee 2021
A$29,000
Estimated total tuition fee *
A$58,000
Footnotes
  • Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
  • * Estimated tuition fees are based on 2021 rates. Refer to international fees for more information.
  • Not all majors/minors and elective options are available at every campus. You should refer to the What Can I Study tab, and the proposed study sequence for your chosen campus and intake for further information.
  • *Campus Note - Admission is subject to availability of appropriate supervision and facilities
Study locations QTAC code
  • Sunshine Coast N/A
  • Moreton Bay
  • Caboolture
  • Fraser Coast
  • Gympie
  • Online N/A
USC program code
BU801
Commence
Students can apply and start throughout the year, subject to program requirements
Duration
2 years full time; 4 years part time
Study mode
Blended Learning, Online
Footnotes
  • *Campus Note - Admission is subject to availability of appropriate supervision and facilities

This program teaches you how to refine your research skills and how to apply them in a practical research project. Your research is closely supervised by highly supportive and dedicated USC teachers.

Use your advanced research skills to investigate business problems and skilfully apply that research capability in your job. The program enhances your critical thinking and problem solving capabilities.

Research areas

USC supports research related to business in the following areas:

  • Management and business
  • Management
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Economics, finance and accounting
  • Property economics and development
  • Marketing
  • Information technologies
Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to Master of Business by Research candidature, applicants are normally required to hold a bachelor degree with at least Honours Class 2 Division II from a recognised higher education institution.

Applicants who have completed a bachelor degree and have achieved by subsequent work and study a standard equivalent to at least Honours Class 2 Division II may also be considered.

In exceptional cases, applications may be considered on the basis of other evidence of general and professional qualifications as approved by the Research Degrees Committee.

International students need to refer to the University's English language requirements.

Admission is subject to availability of appropriate supervision and facilities.

Program structure

As a candidate you are required to conduct research that can be written up as a scholarly thesis.

You must demonstrate research competency and the ability to make a significant and original contribution to the body of knowledge in your chosen area of specialisation.

You must clearly articulate in your research outline, the topic, background, rationale, research question, aim and objectives, methodology, research methods and techniques, and timeframe.

Your research outline is to include a literature review that relates to the research question and objectives.

The results of your research activities should be presented succinctly and accurately and as necessary could be supported by more detailed annexures.

Your syntheses analysis and discussion must clearly focus on the research question and the objectives of the work.

Conclusions and recommendations must be drawn from your analysis and discussion and reflect the attainment of the aim and the way in which the research question is addressed.

Program requirements
  1. Prospective applicants wishing to undertake an MBusResearch can use the Research Supervisor Search to find a suitable supervisor.
  2. For further information, refer to the Higher Degrees by Research - Academic Policy.
  3. Refer to related policies, rules, plans and procedures.
  4. Refer to the research areas for the School of Business.
  5. Refer to the University's English language proficiency requirements.
  6. Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa.
Enrolment and fees
  1. Domestic candidates: Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents will be assessed for a Research Training Program Fee Offset Scholarship as part of the admission process. The RTP Fee Offset Scholarship may cover tuition fees for a period of up to 2 years for Masters candidates. Candidates who do not complete their degree within the 2 year period will be required to pay fees for any additional periods of enrolment. Please refer to Higher Degree by Research fees.
  2. International candidates: tuition fees apply. Refer to International HDR tuition fees.
  3. In any semester, full-time enrolment comprises 0.500 EFTSL.*
  4. In any semester, part-time enrolment comprises 0.250 EFTSL.*
  5. The census date for withdrawal without financial penalty or academic penalty is the Semester 1 or 2 census date.

* EFTSL - Equivalent Full-Time Student Load. One year of full-time study equates to 1.000 EFTSL.

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