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This course will be replaced with the Master of Philosophy in 2018, subject to final university approval.


  • 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 Full-time
Course duration 1.5 years full-time
Start month 2017 & 2018 February, July
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • QUT Business School
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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.


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For entry without an Honours degree, students must complete four approved coursework units (48 credit points) and a dissertation (96 credit points) as per the program of study for this major.

For entry with an Honours degree students must complete a dissertation (96 credit points).

Mid-year entry students

Students wishing to enrol in July should contact the Research Support Office in the QUT Business School on 3138 1407 or for enrolment advice and course progression details.

Under the umbrella of Human Resources Management, students may also be able to undertake a thesis in Employee Relations.


The QUT Research Student Centre enrols all research students. Any questions regarding enrolment can be directed to the Research Studies Office in the QUT Business School on 3138 1407 or

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Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

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.

Faculty Research Contact


Telephone: +61 (7) 3138 1407

Application Submission

International applicants must submit an FR Form and email to ( with all supporting documentations including a detailed research proposal.

Minimum English language requirements

We accept English language proficiency scores from a variety of tests. If you completed a test that was not IELTS, check which English language test scores we accept.

You must have taken your test no more than 2 years before your QUT course starts.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Speaking 6.0
Writing 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall 6.5

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language courses to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre.

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.

2018: $28900 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2017: $27700 per year full-time (96 credit points) (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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