Master of Business Research

Contribute to a better business future  

Curious about trends and changes in the commercial realm? Business-minded but thinking bigger than the nine-to-five?

Our Master of Business Research is designed for graduates of a business coursework master degree who want to start on a research pathway or reinforce their edge in the labour market.

What will you do?

There are many different areas of business you can research during your study. You might investigate organisational resilience or mentor-protégé relationships. You could research machine-learning classification techniques and how they’re used to predict movement in the stock market. You might be interested in consumer behaviour, marketing strategies in the wine industry or the impact of cryptography on audit procedures. Perhaps you’ll examine management practice in family businesses or women’s experiences in leadership positions.

Over the course of the program you will:

  • discover how to do meaningful research
  • plan and conduct your research with high levels of independence, guided by an academic mentor who’ll support and encourage your intellectual development
  • develop skills for problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking, project management, self-management and communication
  • drive innovation and progress in an area you’re passionate about
  • become part of the academic community and build your professional and global networks
  • complete a dissertation comprising 33 percent of the program.

Where could it take you?

Completion of this degree satisfies the entry requirements for a PhD but many employers will also value the research skills, networks and experiences you can draw from as a graduate of our master program.


Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM037
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Additional Entry Requirements
Applicants must submit a 2-page proposal summary to the Business School together with the application.
Higher Education Study A completed Masters degree and submission of proposal to Business School.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM037

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $35,000


These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

Find a Scholarship.


Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Industry Placement

Professional Accreditation

Adelaide Business School is AACSB* accredited, and as such our programs have passed rigorous standards of quality. AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and only the best schools in the world earn AACSB accreditation.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Potential careers

Manager / Business Management, Market Research Analyst, Market Researcher, Business Analyst, Business Consultant, Business Data Analyst, Business Development Manager, Business Manager, Data Analyst, Research Associates, Research Manager, Research Scientist, Research and Development Manager, International Trade or Business Analyst

Degree Structure

To qualify for the Master of Business Research, students must complete satisfactorily the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 36 units, comprising:

  • core courses to the value of 12 units
  • elective courses to the value of 12 units
  • research equivalent courses to the value of 12 units in the form of a research dissertation.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

You can find the academic program rules for this degree under the Faculty of the Professions rules.

Example Study Plan

Research methodology courses
(9 units)
COMMERCE 7037: Research Methodology (M)
COMMERCE 7106: Advanced Readings (M)
Plus one course from: COMMERCE 7100: Qualitative Methods (M)
COMMERCE 7033: Quantitative Methods (M)
An equivalent course approved by the Program Director.
Advanced discipline course
(3 units)
One course chosen from:
CORPFIN 7102: Advanced Corporate Finance (M)
MARKETNG 7103: Advanced Theory in Marketing (M)
ACCTING 7101: Advanced Theory in Accounting (M)
COMMERCE 7104: Advanced Theory in Management (M)
INTBUS 7000: Advanced Theory in International Business (M)
(12 units)
COMMERCE 7105: Dissertation (M)


Studying has broadened my understanding of the importance and complexity of the global food system and the implications increasing food demand will have on us all. The skills and knowledge that I have gained are in demand by businesses throughout the world.

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Last updated: Saturday, 25 Sep 2021