• 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) at University of Canberra will help you embrace your past professional and workplace experience to develop a host of relevant research skills. 


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.

Career opportunities

  • Academic
  • Lecturer
  • Sessional academic
  • Senior research officer
  • Senior research fellow
  • Company director
  • General manager
  • Chief executive officer
  • President

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • 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

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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.

    Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

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

    26800 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26800 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    21400 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21400 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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