The Master of Pre-Doctoral Business Studies is a pathway for students wanting to undertake a PhD in the UNSW Business School. Comprising the first component of the School’s doctoral program, it is designed to allow Business School doctoral students to take up to two successive years of advanced coursework during their doctoral studies. Students should be able to demonstrate a superior command of knowledge in the relevant business field and be proficient at analysing and evaluating evidence. This degree constitutes one year of advanced coursework including a research project.

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Why choose this degree?

This degree is a prerequisite if you want to apply to undertake a PhD at the UNSW Business School.

Who should choose this degree?

Future PhD candidates in Business Studies choose this degree.

Degree Structure

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Career opportunities

  • Pathway for students wanting to undertake a PhD in the UNSW Business School

Entry requirements

The minimum requirements for admission are:

(1)The equivalent of a three-year undergraduate degree plus a postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline from UNSW with an overall average grade of at least 75 (Distinction), OR the equivalent of multiple undergraduate degrees (eg a dual degree) from UNSW with at least one in a relevant discipline and an overall average grade of at least 75 (Distinction), OR the equivalent of a four-year degree of Bachelor with first or upper second class Honours from UNSW in a relevant discipline. (2)For international students, a high degree of English language proficiency (IELTS 7.0 overall with at least 6.5 in each band) (3)For applicants of the Economics stream, results for the GRE unless waived by the Stream Convenor. (4)For applicants of the Marketing stream, results for the GMAT unless waived by the Stream Convenor. (5)A 300 word statement of research interests. (6)The contact details of three potential referees. Admission will ultimately be at the discretion of the UNSW Business School and will rely on the Business School having appropriate research supervision capacity and resources available for an applicant’s research interests.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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