Higher Degree Research Programs

The Doctor of Public Management (DPM) is a professional doctorate degree that provides an opportunity to combine a doctoral thesis with disciplinary and methodologically based coursework. The research and thesis will offer a candidate the opportunity to research a real-world, work-based problem or issue where the objective is to make a novel contribution to practice. 

The degree consists of one-third coursework (equivalent to one year full-time) and two-thirds research (equivalent to two years full-time) which may be in an area encountered by the student while undertaking coursework.

The program is intended to prepare candidates for the highest level of professional practice, in which they can contribute significantly to the development of Public Management practice.

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy in Economics and Management degree is formal recognition of successful research experience. The candidate must make a distinct and original contribution to knowledge. Considerably more original work is required for a Doctorate than for a Masters research degree. The nature and level of supervision will evolve over the duration of the candidature. The work will be more closely supervised in the early stages. In the later stages, however, the candidate must be allowed increasing scope to exercise initiatives and demonstrate originality.

In the latter part of the program the candidate should be able to work alone and be guided rather than directed by the supervisor. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy requires a minimum of three years full-time study and preparation of a thesis. The length of a doctoral thesis normally should not exceed 100,000 words of text.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree encourages initiative and originality in research. Students will make a significant contribution to knowledge in their field and will be competent to carry out research in their chosen area.

Master degrees by research prepare students to apply advanced knowledge for research, scholarship and further learning corresponding to AQF level 9 qualifications. The UNSW Canberra Master of Business by research program is designed primarily as training in a program of advanced study and research. The candidate learns the fundamentals of research and acquires new techniques. By enrolling in the Masters research degree, a student will refine and develop their ability to undertake research and enhance their critical thinking skills. They should contribute to knowledge in their discipline or acquire skills in understanding and applying the latest research when making business decisions. 

The candidate must undertake an original investigation which will be more limited in scope and degree of originality than is required for a doctorate. Although originality is to be encouraged as much as possible, the work will be closely supervised in the early problem formulation stages and whenever a new technique is being used.

The length of a Masters research thesis normally should not exceed 75,000 words of text.

Program Description

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is designed to provide an opportunity for students to develop research competence in a limited timeframe. 

The program duration is 1.5 years full-time or 3 years part-time. The minimum length of candidature is 1 year and the maximum length is 2 years.


On successful completion of the MPhil program, students will have the ability to:

1. design, plan and execute an original project to solve a research problem and thereby contribute to disciplinary knowledge

2. critically evaluate relevant discipline literature and perspectives in order to assess arguments and evidence in relation to their research project

3. demonstrate understanding and application of different methods of problem solving and research inquiry

4. demonstrate and apply advanced knowledge and scholarship in a specialist field related to their research problem

5. demonstrate systematic knowledge and understanding of the principles, methods and applications of their discipline

6. communicate complex issues and impart scholarly knowledge, both orally and in writing, to peers and the faculty