4 years

Starting Date

February, August

Tuition Fee

$AUD 27,800 per year


Canberra, Australia

CRICOS Code: 097118F

Admission Requirements

An applicant may apply for entry into the Professional Doctorate Business Administration (Research) program and the Faculty will determine their eligibility based upon evidence provided which includes:

  • evidence of knowledge in an area relevant to the proposed doctoral topic;
  • five years of professional practice at a senior level in a relevant area of business, government or law
  • evidence of previous study as demonstrated by a coursework Masters or other education an area relevant to the proposed doctoral topic; and
  • demonstrated ability to undertake complex thinking and problem solving.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS Band: 6.5
  • PTE Academic: 58

The program

This carefully designed program provides opportunities for advanced study and reflection on practice across a range of professional fields including accountancy, business management, economics, human resource development, international management, organisational behaviour, and more.

You will explore a research subject of your choosing in the form of a dissertation and can tailor the course content to suit your professional interests through your choice of suitable electives. As a Higher Degree by Research (HDR), this course is covered under the Australian Government’s Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for domestic students for the standard duration of the course.

Study a Professional Doctorate in Business Administration (Research) at University of Canberra and you will:

  • evaluate and apply specialised knowledge and research skills in planning, demonstrating and justifying a research project in the context of professional practice in a business field
  • demonstrate trans-disciplinary higher order research, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • apply existing professional and other expert skills to great effect in business, business workplaces and the society of the Knowledge Economy
  • illustrate specialised research skills, knowledge and expertise applicable to professional practice or the production and application of knowledge in business
  • demonstrate a systemic and critical understanding of a substantial and complex body of knowledge at the frontier of an area of professional practice in a field of business.

Courses Included

  • Research Component (Literature Review)
  • Research Component (Methodology and Data Collection)
  • Research Component
  • Professional Doctorate Research Proposal
  • Research Fundamentals
  • Reading and Critiquing Literature

Career Opportunities

  • Academic
  • Lecturer
  • Sessional academic
  • Senior research officer
  • Senior research fellow
  • Company director
  • General manager
  • Chief executive officer

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