Higher degree research (HDR)

Higher Degree Research (HDR)

Developed for experienced practitioners who wish to pursue a deeper investigation of the world of business, economics and finance, Macquarie Business School’s HDR programs offer candidates a chance to undergo extensive exploration of a self-directed area of interest.

Our HDR programs are ideal for those seeking a richer picture of society through the lens of business, finance and the economy to advance their knowledge and enhance their career, or for candidates who wish to pursue a path in academia.

We provide a multidisciplinary, collaborative environment where our staff of experienced research experts support your quest for further learning through astute supervision and responsive guidance.

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Proactive research training and skills development from academic specialists

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Our courses

Master of Research (MRes)

The two-year Master of Research (MRes) combines research-based coursework and a thesis.

Designed for: It is our PhD pathway program for students who have already completed a Bachelor or Masters coursework degree (MRes unit exemptions may be granted) and who wish to undertake doctoral (PhD) studies.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

PhD candidates have a drive to contribute to their field of interest through intelligent questions and original, well-researched, and thoroughly investigated answers. This three-year, full-time equivalent program culminates in a thesis of 70,000–100,000 words.

Designed for: Master’s graduates with distinction level results who wish to pursue deeper research in a chosen area.

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Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The Master of Philosophy is a two-year full-time equivalent program where candidates produce a thesis of no more than 50,000 words, which contributes to a field of knowledge through the presentation of new facts and findings.

Designed for: Graduates of a Macquarie University Master of Research or a master’s degree from another institution with credit level results, committed to advancing their research practice.

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Bachelor of Philosophy/Master of Research (MRes)

The combined Bachelor of Philosophy and Master of Research program offers candidates a chance to chart a critical reflection of existing research before developing their own analytical evaluation in a 20,000-word thesis.

Designed for: Early career candidates seeking research training and experience.

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Studying with Macquarie

Expert supervisor

Expert supervisors

Candidates receive advice, thesis guidance, industry insights and networking opportunities from expert, PhD-qualified and engaged supervisors.

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Student experience

We partner with prestigious institutions and business schools who recognise our programs so you can pursue a global experience. Learn more


World-leading facilities

Access our state-of-the-art library, business innovation hub and teaching hospital for cross-disciplinary work.

Support fundings

Support funding

Funding of up to $10,000 available for thesis support to cover research and conference travel and additional research training.

More information

Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for HDR study or talk to someone about whether further research study is right for you.

Content owner: Macquarie Business School Last updated: 17 May 2019 4:46pm

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