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How to apply


The Australian School of Business welcomes Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from applicants intending to apply for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in the Australian School of Business.


The aim of the EOI process is to provide you with a preliminary assessment of your application without the need for you to provide certified copies of your transcripts, and to identify a potential supervisor for your research.


Please note: all potential applicants must send an EOI to the Australian School of Business Research Office before formally applying for admission. On the basis of the EOI, applicants may be invited to submit a formal application for admission.

How to submit an EOI

Email the Australian School of Business Research Office with the following information:

  1. A completed EOI questionnaire: EOI questionnaire (pdf version), EOI questionnaire (word version)
  2. A research proposal
  3. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  4. Academic transcripts for all previous degrees (at this stage it is not necessary to provide certified copies)
  5. Two recommendation letters or referee reports: Referee report form (pdf version), Referee report form (word version)
  6. It is strongly recommended that applicants to the PhD program (who have not completed an undergraduate degree in Australia or New Zealand within 18 months of applying) provide GMAT or GRE scores with the EOI.
    Requirements for various Schools are as follows:
     Accounting  GMAT
     Banking and Finance  GMAT/GRE
     Economics  GRE
     Information Systems  GMAT
     Marketing  GMAT
     Management  GMAT
     Risk and Actuarial  GMAT/GRE
     Taxation and Business Law  GMAT/GRE
  7. Any other relevant information available, such as an English score, an abstract of a thesis completed for your previous degree/s, etc

An acknowledgement will be emailed to you after your EOI is received by the Research Office. Please allow at least 4 weeks for your EOI to be considered. You will be informed whether you should make a formal application for admission.


Prior to submitting an EOI, candidates should also work through the following steps:


Step 1: Check that you meet the minimum academic entry requirements

PhD: The minimum academic entry requirement for the PhD is:


  • A four year undergraduate degree with honours class IIA or better in a related discipline*
  • A strong research masters degree in a related discipline*; OR
  • An equivalent academic qualification or level of experience


MPhil: The minimum academic entry requirement for the MPhil is:


  • A coursework masters degree in a related discipline* with an overall grade of Distinction (75 per cent) or better
  • A four year undergraduate degree (preferably with honours); OR
  • An equivalent academic qualification or level of experience


* The notion of a related discipline can be interpreted broadly. The table below lists the types of non-business disciplinary backgrounds which may be suitable for admission to selected programs. This list is not exhaustive and interested applicants with backgrounds other than those listed may be considered on a case-by-case basis.



Eligible to apply for PhD/MPhil in

Anthropology and Sociology

  • Marketing

  • Management

Computer Science, Software Engineering and Manufacturing

  • Information Systems

Engineering and Physics

  • Banking and Finance

Geography and History

  • Management


  • Business Law & Taxation

  • Management

Mathematics and Statistics

  • Actuarial Studies

  • Banking and Finance

  • Economics

  • Marketing


  • Marketing

  • Management


Step 2: Identify the disciplinary school in which you wish to enrol



Step 3: Prepare a research proposal


PhD applicants
At UNSW and other Australian universities, it is standard practice to ask applicants to submit a research proposal. The research proposal is used by the School to determine whether it is possible to provide adequate supervision and resources to support your research.


If you are accepted into the program, the topic may be reviewed or refined during the course of your enrolment. The proposal is also used to assess your capacity to undertake research. It should demonstrate:


  • Clear aims and objectives
  • Some consideration of method
  • A good command of the English language
  • That you are capable of independent and critical thinking


Your research proposal should be 3-7 pages in length and include:


  • A discussion of the issues you would like to explore (why it is important and interesting)
  • Background literature supporting your project
  • An explanation of the way your project would significantly add to the understanding of the topic
  • A bibliography of your background literature


MPhil applicants
MPhil applicants may submit a brief research proposal which indicates their area of interest.


Step 4: Be aware of the UNSW English language requirements

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any UNSW program, who do not have an assessable qualification undertaken and assessed in English, must provide evidence prior to enrolment that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission.


Applicants will be deemed to have satisfied the English language requirements if they can provide evidence that they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Prior study in the medium of English
  2. Residency
  3. English language tests:
    • IELTS: Overall minimum score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in each sub-test
    • TOEFL-Internet based: Overall minimum score of 90 with a minimum in writing of 24
    • TOEFL-Computer based: Overall minimum score of 233 with a minimum in the essay rating of 5.0


Applicants who do not meet the requirements outlined above may still proceed with their EOI, but must register for an English test.


EOI closing date

EOI’s can be lodged at any time throughout the year.

However, if you are aiming to apply for a UNSW Research Scholarship (APA, UPA, IPRS or TFR + faculty stipend) it is strongly recommended that you lodge your EOI with the Australian School of Business Research Office at least four weeks before the closing date of the intended scholarship.


EOIs received after the dates specified below may not be considered in time for the Scholarship application closing date.


Applications for Semester 2 (July) 2014 and Semester 1 (March) 2015


Applications for UNSW research Scholarship programs (IPRS/UIPA/TFS) for international students:


  • Semester 2, 2014: Scholarship applications open on 13 January, 2014 and close on 28 February, 2014

       An EOI should be lodged by 31 January, 2014

       Offers release from 23 April, 2014


  • Semester 1, 2015: Scholarship applications open on 1 July, 2014 and close on 1 September, 2014

       An EOI should be lodged by 4 August, 2014

       Offers release from 23 October, 2014


Applications for UNSW research Scholarship programs (APA/UPA) for domestic students:


  • Semester 2, 2014: Scholarship applications open on 31 March, 2014 and close on 23 May, 2014

       An EOI should be lodged by 25 April, 2014

       Offers release from 10 July, 2014


  • Semester 1, 2015: Scholarship applications open on 2 September, 2014 and close on 17 October, 2014

       An EOI should be lodged by 19 September, 2014

       Offers release from 28 November, 2014


Please always check Scholarship closing dates from GRS Scholarship web page.


Further information on UNSW research scholarships



If, after submitting your EOI, the School's Postgraduate Research Coordinator recommends that you apply for admission, applications to our postgraduate research programs can be made. Apply online.



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