Research Degrees

Academic research is the systematic and rigorous pursuit of creative and critical activities. It aims to increase human knowledge and understanding. A higher degree research thesis is a result of original research and investigations by a candidate for a higher degree which satisfies the requirements of the specific higher degree rules.

At the School of Business and Tourism, we have an exemplary team of research supervisors who can help you turn your burning interest into a new body of knowledge through research.

The School also has a comprehensive range of research strengths that include:

  • Tourism, leisure, gambling
  • Finance and accounting, business and management, public administration and policy
  • Information systems and technology.

Research Degrees offered by the School are:

  • PhD
  • Masters by Research.

Advice for Research Degree applicants

Requirements for entry

The rules for entry into any Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Masters by Research program at SCU can be found on the Graduate School website.

Application process

General guidelines for Research Degree application process, plus hints for potential applicants, can be found on the Graduate School how to apply webpage. Within the School of Business and Tourism (SBaT), the preferred process is as follows:

  • Fill in the expression of interest form, which will be sent to the School's Director for Higher Degree Research Training (DHDRT). This form requires a 2-3 paragraph outline of your proposed project, plus a professional CV detailing qualifications, research and experience, publications etc.
  • If your project is suitable and there is supervisory and resource capacity within the School, they will direct your enquiry to appropriate potential supervisors.
  • In consultation with potential supervisors, write a Research Proposal for inclusion in your application. The Research Proposal is a 2-3 page document outlining the project, its aims, its background and significance and contribution to knowledge, and its proposed methodology along with a preliminary bibliography.
  • When you and your potential supervisors are satisfied with the proposal, send it to the DHDRT for their approval.
  • Once the proposal is approved by the DHDRT, return to the Graduate School how to apply page and continue the application process.
  • Once you submit your application, it is sent to your prospective supervisors and the DHDRT for additional information, and submitted to the Dean, Graduate Studies for consideration.

Additional information

  • This process can often take 3-4 months, so it is advisable to start the process early if you have a deadline you wish to meet. Proposals that are not of a high standard will NOT be supported by the School, so spending extra time on the proposal in the first instance will save time later.
  • Applications for study in a PhD or Masters by Thesis program can be made at any time of the year.
  • Applications for Scholarships only happen at certain times. View the Graduate School scholarships and fees page for more information.
  • Students can study full-time or part-time. At SCU, a full-time Masters is two years; a full-time PhD is three years.
  • Students can study on campus at any one of the SCU campuses. On-campus students may be allocated space in a shared office, with access to computers, printing, photocopying, internet, phone, etc.
  • SBaT allocates funding to support its Higher Degree Research candidates. For PhD candidates a maximum of $3,000 over candidature and, for Masters by Research, a maximum of $1,500 over candidature.