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The Fast-Track MBA

Designed for busy working professionals, this fully online MBA course is highly flexible and delivered with interactive, bite-sized content and personalised student support.

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Course Summary

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the traditional doctoral qualification that is associated with a wide range of subjects in universities across the world. It offers an opportunity for research to be undertaken in depth and for the outcome to be assessed as a contribution to knowledge. Although it has a theoretical dimension, the research course can also enable managers to explore specialist areas of practical application.

AIB’s online Doctor of Philosophy is accredited within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). It is an AQF Level 10 qualification. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Course Details will give you more information about this course.

Qualification TypeResearch degree
DurationFull time 3 years
Part time 6 years
AQF LevelLevel 10
Delivery100% Online

Course Structure

The online course consists of the following elements:

  • Research Orientation
  • Research proposal
  • Ethics application (if applicable)
  • Research thesis of 70,000 to 100,000 words.

See below for an example course structure. Throughout the candidature journey you will be presenting your research and research progress to AIB’s research community.

PhD course structure

Supervisory Support

You will be accompanied and supported on your research journey by a supervisory panel including an expert Principal Supervisor who has the primary responsibility for managing the supervision process as well as Associate supervisor(s). Regular interaction and communication with the supervisors occurs during the research journey to provide appropriate academic support, monitor progress and performance, and ensure appropriate outcomes. Contact will also be encouraged with other research degree candidates through online discussion forums and interactive webinars among others.

Course duration

The course will normally be completed in 3 years (full-time) to 6 years (part-time). In extenuating circumstances, AIB may consider grounds for extension beyond 7 years. See Higher Degrees by Research Policy and Higher Degrees by Research Procedure for details.

What qualifications do I need to be accepted?

  • A Master’s in Philosophy; OR
  • A Master’s Degree (AQF Level 9) in Business and Commerce or related discipline area at Credit or higher-level Grade Point Average with an appropriate research component (minimum 40%); OR
  • A Bachelor’s Degree (AQF Level 8) in Business and Commerce or related discipline area with minimum Second Class Honours or equivalent.

English language requirements must be met. For all admission requirements, please review the PhD Course Brief.

How much will it cost?

Please note, AIB is an approved FEE-HELP provider. Please see the Study Assist website to check eligibility for Commonwealth Fee-HELP Assistance. For current course fees for the PhD, please click here. AIB is a member of a Tuition Assurance Scheme for the protection of student fees.

Student Visa Holders

AIB is not a CRICOS-registered provider and is unable to enrol Student Visa holders.

For more information, please visit the Information for Research Candidates page.

Ready to apply?

The first step in the application process is to conduct a self-check on the minimum entry requirements for your selected research degree. You will then need to identify a suitable supervisory panel. You should make contact and provide a research outline that will assist the potential supervisor to ensure suitability of your research topic. Once you have identified a suitable supervisory panel, we encourage you to proceed with your full application.

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