AIB was the first private provider in Australia approved to award doctoral degrees in business-related subjects.

Our research degrees are distinguished by their focus on work-applied learning and applied research methodologies such as action research, case research and mixed methods to produce a thesis that contributes directly to business practice. This is one reason why AIB is regarded as ‘the practical business school’.

Each of our research programmes responds to a different set of demands, recognising that managers are at different stages of their careers and have different needs at work. Thus, we offer a choice of two research higher degrees:

We also offer a choice of two pathway courses:

How to Apply

Enquiries about 2021 intake applications should be directed to

We have an excellent track record of successful supervision drawing on our networks industry and our academic team and have developed sound procedures that meet the needs of today’s research students. We understand that you will be engaged in the world of work while you are studying and you will draw on this as an applied learning laboratory.

Entry into the Research Higher Degrees is, of course, highly competitive and is based on strict criteria. Successful completion of an AIB Masters qualification is a potential pathway, but not an automatic entry.

Postgraduate Research Pathways

Which programme should you choose? Much depends on your own background, on your particular skills and aptitude, and on your career path. Some students start with the GCRM or MMgt and later convert to a doctoral programme. When it comes to choosing between the DBA and the PhD, neither is implicitly ‘better’. They are both doctoral qualifications, but they are different and you should choose what is best for you.

For further information, please visit the Information for Research Candidates page or contact the AIB Research Coordinator on

Key Research Themes

Key research themes are aligned to the expertise of AIB supervisors.  Key themes are:

Including business response to climate change, water crisis, modern slavery in supply chain, sustainable development goals, financial planning, digital marketing communication.

Including automation, robotics, and online work, future of global operations/supply networks, big data, artificial intelligence, on-line teaching and learning for working adults.

Including global opportunities & risks such as COVID-19, performance & progress trade-offs.

Including human resource management; corporate governance; board diversity; people and work.