• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
If you are a business professional looking to extend your expertise and progress your career to the next level, then the Professional Doctorate in Business Administration (Research) from University of Canberra will help you embrace your past professional and workplace experience to develop a host of relevant research skills. 


This carefully designed program provides opportunities for advanced study and reflection on practice across a range of professional fields including accountancy, business management, economics, human resource development, international management, organisational behaviour, and more.

You will explore a research subject of your choosing in the form of a dissertation and can tailor the course content to suit your professional interests through your choice of suitable electives. As a Higher Degree by Research (HDR), this course is covered under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for domestic students for the standard duration of the course.

Study a Professional Doctorate in Business Administration (Research) at University of Canberra and you will:

  • evaluate and apply specialised knowledge and research skills in planning, demonstrating and justifying a research project in the context of professional practice in a business field
  • demonstrate trans-disciplinary higher order research, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • apply existing professional and other expert skills to great effect in business, business workplaces and the society of the Knowledge Economy
  • illustrate specialised research skills, knowledge and expertise applicable to professional practice or the production and application of knowledge in business
  • demonstrate a systemic and critical understanding of a substantial and complex body of knowledge at the frontier of an area of professional practice in a field of business.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

       This is the equivalent of eight standard semesters, full-time or part-time equivalent.

  • Credits
    96 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Component (Literature Review) 
  • Research Component (Methodology and Data Collection) 
  • Research Component 
  • Professional Doctorate Research Proposal 
  • Research Fundamentals 
  • Reading and Critiquing Literature 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

An applicant may apply for entry into the Professional Doctorate Business Administration (Research) program and the Faculty will determine their eligibility based upon evidence provided which includes:

  • evidence of knowledge in an area relevant to the proposed doctoral topic;
  • five years of professional practice at a senior level in a relevant area of business, government or law
  • evidence of previous study as demonstrated by a coursework Masters or other education an area relevant to the proposed doctoral topic; and
  • demonstrated ability to undertake complex thinking and problem solving.
CRICOS Code: 097118F

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27800 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27800 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    22300 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22300 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Canberra

  • 1425 - 2510 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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