No. 1 in Australia

    The University's graduates are ranked 1st in Australia and 4th in the world for employability by the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.

    Top 25 globally

    Our accounting and finance subjects are ranked top 25 in the world in the QS World Rankings by Subject 2020.

    The University of Sydney Business School has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its research across a wide range of academic disciplines.

    The Master of Philosophy takes at least one year to complete of full-time study, during which candidates undertake approved research and write a thesis of up to 50,000 words.


    Admission to a research degree in the University of Sydney Business School is very competitive. You need to have completed an Australian honours (or equivalent) or a postgraduate degree with outstanding results (at least 80%) in order to be considered for an offer.  

    Applying for admission

    Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply in plenty of time, and even before completion of their current qualifying degree. You do not need to find a supervisor before applying, the Business School will do this for you during the application process.

    As such, as part of the your application you should select Business HoD in the 'research supervisor' required field.

    If a suitable supervisor is identified, you will be contacted for an interview. Interviews are usually conducted via Skype or in person.

    After your interview, your supervisor, the relevant Discipline and the Director of Doctoral Studies will review your application, and if they all agree to endorse your candidature, you will be issued an offer letter.

    Required documents

    Statement of purpose

    As a part of your application, you will need to write a 1-2 page document to describe your motivation for pursuing doctoral study

    Research proposal

    There are three different types of research proposals that are required depending upon which Discipline you are applying to: a Statement of Research Interests, an Indicative Research Proposal or a Developed Research Proposal.

    Statement of Research Interests

    This is a 1-2 page statement detailing your research interests. The statement can include potential research areas, topics, and methodologies. The statement will be used to match your interests with a research supervisor. If you are invited to proceed with your application, you will be required to consult with the supervisor prior to writing a suitable research proposal to be included with your application. Please note applications cannot be processed unless a research proposal is attached.

    Indicative Research Proposal

    The indicative research proposal is a brief document with a maximum length of 1500 words (if desired, you may add a paragraph outlining other research interests at the end of this document).

    The indicative proposal is intended to provide a starting point for discussion with your appointed supervisor. This discussion will lead to a draft research proposal that must be added to your application.

    The indicative research proposal may include:

    • Description of the project – what is your research question/hypothesis?
    • Brief review of literature in the area that you may be aware of.
    • Expected research contribution – what do you expect your research to contribute to existing knowledge. Is it innovative and/or original?
    • The proposed methodology – qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods?
    • Potential data sources.

    Developed Research Proposal

    This is a detailed document (3000-6000 words) that outlines your research question, chosen methodology, understanding of the current literature, and particular contribution to the field. The developed research proposal is intended to clearly set out the aims and potential significance of the research. It should have the following elements:

    • Introduction – articulating the research problem and why investigating it matters.
    • Review of existing literature – this should be a succinct overview of the most relevant and recent literature related to the research phenomena. It should lead to a clearly articulated preliminary research question.
    • Methodology – a description of your proposed methodology. Here you should explain how you plan to undertake the research and how your methods will allow you to answer your research question. Please outline any past experience you have in applying such a methodology.
    • Potential significance of the research: What are the implications of your research for theory and/or practice?
    • Bibliography - at this stage the bibliography does not need to be complete. Its purpose is to give the supervisor an indication of the reading you have already done (or plan to do).


    • Only complete applications can be processed. Applications that have been received but that remain incomplete at the closing date will be considered for the next semester intake.
    • Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.
    • Due to the application form being standardised, it will ask for your name and proof of contact with a supervisor. In order to progress your application you may put “to be confirmed” in the supervisor name section. The Business School does not require this information at the point of application.

    IELTS 7.0 – no band below 6.5


    Camperdown/ Darlington campus

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