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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 Full-time
Course duration 1.5 years full-time
Start month 2015 & 2016 February, July
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • QUT Business School
Course contact Enquire
CRICOS code054092M
  • 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

If applicants have an Honours degree (at level 2B or better) it must be relevant to the chosen discipline for the Master of Business (Research); or if applicants are entering from a pass degree, their undergraduate degree must include a major in an approved area, plus a grade point average of 5.5 or more on a 7 point scale; or applicants can present a case based on evidence of qualifications that demonstrates the applicants capacity to pursue the course of study.

In addition to assessing qualifications, the QUT Business School must also be satisfied that adequate supervision and resources are available to support the applicants proposed research.

Research Proposal - the application for admission to the Master of Business (Research) must include details of the proposed research project.

Minimum English language requirements

Students must meet the English proficiency requirements.

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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.

2015: $13,000 per Study Period (full-time) (subject to annual review)

Scholarships and financial support

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

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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.

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