4 Things You Need To Know About The AIB PhD

4 Things You Need To Know About The AIB PhD


The Australian Institute of Business is commonly known for its 12 Month MBA programme, however they have also been offering the prestigious Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) for many years. Much like the MBA, the AIB PhD is known for its practical focus on research, and as a result has produced a number of high quality graduates. If you’re considering undertaking your PhD, make sure you familiarise yourself with the following four facts about the AIB PhD which differentiate it from the many others on the market.

1. It is fully accredited

If accreditation isn’t one of your major priorities when looking for a PhD, then it is imperative that you learn more about its importance. Accreditation is an official endorsement provided by a trusted authority that ensures the competence, integrity and credibility of the institution and the courses that they offer. It also ensures that as a graduate, your qualification will be both recognised and respected around the world by both industry and government organisations. AIB’s PhD is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).  TEQSA is the sole authoring body of higher education and qualifications in Australia, guaranteeing quality and global recognition.

2. It is work-applied

Whilst the PhD programme has a focus on research, the AIB PhD sees candidates apply the findings to the real business world in order gain a practical education. The programme is especially suitable for practicing managers and business professionals who wish to make a significant leadership contribution to their organisations, as well as those considering a career in academia. The research ethos is work-applied, incorporating the use of action research, case research and reflective practice. The research is therefore likely to be of significant practical value to the candidate and to the organisation that is the subject of the study.

3. It is accelerated

Although there is no quick way to complete a PhD, the AIB programme is structured to allow candidates to achieve their objective(s) in the shortest time consistent with quality research. The programme can be completed in as little as three years, or as many as seven years, based on the commitments of the candidate. Advancement throughout the programme is systematic, and consists of regular feedback, attendance of workshops and close supervision by the doctoral team.

4. There is a strong support system

Every candidate who undertakes the AIB PhD will be supported by a highly qualified, experienced and committed doctoral team. Research supervisors work with candidates on a one-on-one basis throughout the programme, ensuring that appropriate feedback is given and everything is transparent along the way. AIB Principal Supervisors are recognised in action research and case research, and their role is to guide and support candidates towards successful completion.

What do you think?

Are you a candidate or graduate of the AIB PhD? I’d love to hear if you could add any points to the above list that makes the AIB programme so unique.

This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. 

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