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  • Complete 1 semester of coursework in research skill development before undertaking a 12-month research program, culminating in a thesis of approximately 50,000 words.
  • Opportunities to enter the PhD program.
  • Complete in 2-3 semesters full-time or 4-6 semesters part-time.
QUT course code BS92
Attendance Part-time or Full-time
Course duration 18 months full-time
3 years part-time
Start month 2016 February, July
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • QUT Business School
Course contact
CRICOS code 054092M
  • Human Resource Manager


The Master of Business (Research) trains students in research methodology techniques and critical evaluation appropriate to their field of study through a specified program of research under academic supervision.

In addition, you are trained in analysing both the literature and debate in the substantive areas of the thesis topic at an advanced level. It may also provide an entry point to a PhD program.

Mid-year entry

Students wishing to enrol in July should contact the Research Studies Office in the QUT Business School for enrolment advice and course progression details.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Master of Business (Research) (Human Resource Management)

The Master of Business (Research) typically involves one semester (six months) of coursework in research skills development followed by a 12-month research program, which culminates in a thesis of approximately 50 000 words.

Under the umbrella of human resources management, students may also be able to undertake a thesis in employee relations.

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Entry requirements

Academic entry requirement

A completed recognised Bachelor Honours Degree including a major relevant to the intended area of study; or

A completed recognised Bachelor Degree (or equivalent) including a major relevant to the intended area of study with a minimum Grade Point Average score of 5.0 (on QUT’s 7 point scale) and relevant professional and/ or research experience as determined by Faculty.

Proposed research projects are subject to supervisor availability and resources available within the faculty to support the proposed research topic.  Research proposals must be submitted with your application.

Application Guide

Applicants are asked to nominate a supervisor and topic when submitting a formal application. An application is likely to be more successful where a supervisor and topic are well matched.

Applicants should ensure that there is a genuine fit with the potential supervisor's research interests by looking at the interests of the researchers within the relevant school as described on the QUT Business School website. The Research Coordinator within each school can also assist with this process.

This contact should include a transcript of academic records, the topic area which you wish to study, the school in which you wish to undertake your research, and if known, the name of a potential supervisor. The HDR Admissions Officer may ask you for further information to assist with your enquiry. The information will be passed onto the nominated (or relevant) school or supervisor.

Faculty Research Contact


Telephone: +61 (7) 3138 1407

Level 7, Z Block, Room Z704
Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane QLD 4000

Postal address
Research Support Office - QUT Business School
2 George St
Brisbane QLD 4001

Application Submission

You can submit an online application or hardcopy using the PR Form.  Hardcopy applications can be emailed to the QUT Business School HDR Admissions Officer at (  Applications must include all supporting documentations including your detailed research proposal.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

If you're an Australian citizen or permanent visa holder, or a New Zealand citizen, your tuition fees are automatically covered by the Australian government's Research Training Scheme (RTS), as long as you complete your degree within the scheme's set timeframes. You'll have to pay tuition fees if you exceed the time limits under the RTS.

2016: $11,800 per Study Period (full-time) if you exceed the maximum time under RTS. (subject to annual review)

2015: $11,400 per Study Period (full-time) if you exceed the maximum time under the RTS. (subject to annual review)

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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How to apply for Master of Business (Research) (Human Resource Management)

You apply directly to QUT for all our research degrees.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you have:

  1. Looked at our research areas
  2. Selected your degree
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked if you're eligible for a scholarship
  5. Agreed on a supervisor with your faculty
  6. Discussed your options and developed your topic
  7. Written your research proposal
  8. Gathered your supporting documents

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Submit your application


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