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Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Duration (minimum)
019835A 1 to 2 years full-time equivalent

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 full-time during which candidates undertake approved research and write a thesis of up to 50,000 words.

The requirements for the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) are set out under the: University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011

Duration of the MPhil is 18 months to 2 years full time equivalent. Candidates must successfully complete a 6 month probation period.

For details regarding the course structure and entry requirements, please refer to the University of Sydney Business School’s Postgraduate Research pages.

Resolutions for the Master of Philosophy


Master of Philosophy in Business

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2014, the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register:

Course resolutions

Part 1: Preliminary

1 Course codes


Course and stream title


Master of Philosophy


Part 2: Admission requirements

2 Eligibility for admission to candidature

To be eligible to be admitted to candidature by the Dean or Associate Dean, an applicant must:
hold or have completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, with first class honours or second class honours, first division, in the area of study in which the applicant wishes to undertake the degree; or
hold both an undergraduate and postgraduate degree from a recognised University, with at least an 80% average in the area of study in which the applicant wishes to undertake research.
The Dean or Associate Dean may admit to candidature an applicant who does not meet the requirements of sub-clause (1), provided that the applicant holds a qualification or qualifications that, in the opinion of the School's Research Unit Committee are equivalent to those prescribed in sub-clause (1).

3 Application for admission to candidature

An applicant for admission to candidature must submit to the School:
satisfactory evidence of the applicant's eligibility for admission;
a research proposal detailing the proposed area of research, the techniques to be used, data sources and bibliography;
demonstration of research potential either by publication, previous work experience, related coursework or other eligible means;
two academic referees reports; and
a statement certifying the applicant's understanding that, subject to the HDR Rule, if the candidature is successful, his or her thesis will be lodged with the University Librarian and made available for immediate public use.
In addition, an applicant for admission to part-time candidature must submit a statement that he or she will have sufficient time available to complete the requirements of the degree in accordance with these resolutions.

4 Credit transfer

The HDR Rule specifies the conditions for the granting of credit for previous studies, including the effect on completion times.

Part 3: Candidature

5 Appointment of supervisor

The Head of Department will appoint a supervisor and associate supervisor for each candidate in accordance with the HDR Rule and Academic Board policies for postgraduate research higher degree supervision.

6 Control of candidature

The HDR Rule specifies the conditions for the control of candidature by the University.

7 Location of candidature and attendance

The HDR Rule specifies the conditions for the location of candidature and attendance by candidates at the University.

Part 4: Requirements

8 Subject areas

The degree is offered in the following subject areas:
Business Law
Business Information Systems
International Business
Operations Management and Decision Sciences
Transport and Logistics Studies
Work and Organisational Studies

9 Degree requirements

To satisfy the requirements of the degree candidates must:
complete any specified probationary requirements;
complete any prescribed units of study;
conduct research on the approved topic; and
write a thesis embodying the results of the research.

10 The thesis

A candidate shall produce a thesis that meets the requirements specified in the HDR Rule.
The thesis will be up to 50,000 words in length.

Part 5: Enrolment and progression

11 Probation

A candidate is normally accepted for candidature on a probationary basis for a period not exceeding six months according to the provisions of the HDR Rule.
In the probationary period each candidate must:
complete the School's research induction program; and
maintain progression to the satisfaction of the supervisor and Head of Department.

12 Time limits, earliest and latest submission dates

The HDR Rule specifies the allowable completion times and submission dates available for full- and part-time candidates in this course.

13 Mode of attendance

The attendance pattern for this course is full-time or part-time according to candidate choice. Visa requirements commonly restrict international students to full-time study only.

14 Discontinuation of candidature

A candidate may discontinue enrolment in a unit of study or the degree subject to the conditions specified by the HDR Rule.

15 Suspension of candidature

A candidate may suspend enrolment from the degree subject to the conditions specified by the HDR Rule.

16 Leave of absence

A candidate may take leave of absence from the degree subject to the conditions specified by the HDR Rule.

17 Progress

A candidate is required to maintain satisfactory progress towards the timely completion of the degree. Progress will be reviewed annually according to the provisions of the HDR Rule.

Part 6: Examination

18 Examination of the thesis

Examination of the thesis will be conducted in general accordance with standards prescribed by Academic Board for the Doctor of Philosophy, except that:
three copies of the thesis shall be submitted by the candidate;
two examiners will be appointed by the School, at least one of whom shall be external to the University; and
the School's Research Unit Committee will act in place of the PhD Award Sub-Committee.
The thesis will be graded by the examiners and a 'Thesis grade' will be recorded on the academic transcript.
In addition to the copy provided to the library, one copy of the final, approved thesis shall be bound in hard copy and provided to the School.

19 Award of the degree

The degree is awarded at the Pass level only.

Part 7: Other

20 Transitional provisions

These course resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2012 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2012 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2012 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed within the time limits specified in those resolutions. The Dean or Associate Dean may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.