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|Selection rank||English language requirements||Duration||UAC code|
|Faculty||Discipline(s)||Location||Available teaching periods|
|Faculty of Business, Government & Law||
Canberra Business School
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Annual fee rates
The fees shown are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.
Please note: Course fees are assessed annually and are subject to change.
|Academic entry requirements||English language requirements||CRICOS code||Faculty|
|Faculty of Business, Government & Law|
|Discipline(s)||Location||Available teaching periods||Duration|
Canberra Business School
||View teaching periods||4.0 years|
Annual fee rates
The fees shown are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Information on how fees are calculated can be found here.
Please note: Course fees are assessed annually and are subject to change.
Academic entry requirements
To study at UC, you’ll need to meet our academic entry requirements and any admission requirements specific to your course. Please read your course admission requirements below. To find out whether you meet UC’s academic entry requirements, visit our academic entry requirements page.
An applicant may apply for entry into the Professional Doctorate Business Administration (Research) program and the Faculty will determine their eligibility based upon evidence provided which includes:
a) evidence of knowledge in an area relevant to the proposed doctoral topic;
b) five years of professional practice at a senior level in a relevant area of business, government or law
c) evidence of previous study as demonstrated by a coursework Masters or other education an area relevant to the proposed doctoral topic; and
d) demonstrated ability to undertake complex thinking and problem solving.
Plus all applicants will:
e) meet the University's minimum English proficiency requirements for entry into higher degree by research courses;
f) satisfy any additional requirements specified for admission of the particular applicant, consistent with University policy.
Additional admission requirements
Candidates must comply with all requirements of current University of Canberra HDR policies, including those governing submission and examination of theses. Panels of examiners for the award of the Professional Doctorate (Research) (Business Administration) must always include at least one international examiner from a university, research centre or other knowledge node outside Singapore.
Sufficient knowledge relevant to the study area to enable identification of a need for a new research contribution to an area of professional practice. This includes advanced knowledge of business and organisational contexts.
Periods course is open for new admissions
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Domestic||International|
|2026||Singapore||Research Semester 2|
|2026||Singapore||Research Semester 1|
There are currently no formal credit transfer arrangements for entry to this course. Any previous study or work experience will only be considered as part of the application process in accordance with current course rules and university policy.
Professional Doctorate in Business Administration (Research) (Singapore) (380JB) | 96 credit points
- - A 3 credit point Thesis unit (11860) is also available for students who have received RPL or credit or have a non-typical study pattern.
- - Part time students to enrol in 11859 each semester up to the 72 credit points required for research component
In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you must meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course
All HDR students have 1460 days to complete. This is the equivalent of eight standard semesters, full-time or part-time equivalent. Candidates must normally be enrolled full-time for Semesters 1 & 2 (the PG coursework component). Part-time enrolment is possible for the research component. Normal maximum of fourteen semesters on the part-time equivalent.
|Learning outcomes||Related graduate attributes|
|Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Research Design will:
1. Demonstrate the relevance of theory, practice and place of business research;
- Ability to reflect on complex elements of leadership;
- Ability to research and critically analyse case studies of organisations in need of leadership;
- Ability to interpret and apply theory to develop their own potential for leadership;
- Ability to understand issues such as motivation, ethical behaviour and leadership in diverse context; and
- Ability to engage with the dynamics of successful teamwork.
|3. Evaluate and apply specialised knowledge and research skills in planning, demonstrating and justifying a research project in the context of professional practice in a business field.||
- Ability to plan, demonstrate and justify an appropriate theoretical research frame;
- Ability to plan, demonstrate and justify a testable hypothesis and/or research questions;
- Ability to plan, demonstrate and justify a research methodology;
- Ability plan, demonstrate and justify appropriate measures, methods or research strategies/instruments;
- Ability to plan, demonstrate and justify appropriate sampling procedures, sample size, statistical tests, or methods of analysis;
- Ability to consider ethical issues in research; and
- Ability to identify strengths, weaknesses and implications of developed protocol.
|2. Illustrate specialised research skills, knowledge and expertise applicable to professional practice or the production and/or application of knowledge in a field of business;||
- Utilise appropriate and specialised research skills in order to develop frontier knowledge in a field of business;
- Communicate their research and findings effectively and disseminate to a variety of business and other stakeholders;
- Ability to plan and execute in-depth study of particular aspects of business and business institutions; and
- Demonstrate expert technical and creative skills applicable to fields of business practice, production and/or the application of knowledge.
|Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Research Skills will:
1. Evaluate and illustrate a deep, critical and contextual understanding of their own knowledge journey to date contextualised amongst the multiplicity of locations and sites of production and co-production of knowledge in the Knowledge Economy;
- Ability to connect what graduates know, from professional education, practice and experience with the fields and epistemologies of the operating or applied knowledge existent in their professions, workplaces and work sectors;
- Ability to critique, evaluate and reflect upon the strength and weaknesses of their knowledge journey;
- Ability to construct and apply connections between what graduates know and have learned and academic or disciplinary bodies of knowledge, research skills and techniques; and
- Ability to describe and distinguish between the construction and differences between academic or disciplinary bodies of knowledge and production of knowledge in the 'real world'.
|2. Illustrate and apply specialised knowledge and research skills in planning, executing and communicating an appropriate review of relevant and/or applicable academic, professional and technical literature in the context of professional practice in a business field;||
- Ability to discriminate between pertinent and less relevant literature;
- Ability to demonstrate a clear understanding of prior research, to identify gaps in the existing literature and to frame a research questions based on/informed by the literature;
- Ability to identify relevant seminal works, including areas of general agreement and controversy;
- Ability to demonstrate an understanding of research methodologies and approaches used by authors in their fields of research;
- Ability to critically evaluate the relevant literature in terms of methodological, empirical and theoretical constructs;
- Ability to synthesise the relevant body of literature into a holistic and readable report/literature review; and
- Ability to identify possible research gaps that could form the basis of new research questions.
|Graduates of the Professional Doctorate in Business Administration (Research) will:
1. Demonstrate trans-disciplinary higher order research, analytical and problem solving skills which equip them to apply existing professional and other expert skills to greater effect in business, business workplaces and the society of the Knowledge Economy;
- Demonstrable autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility in the application of knowledge and skills as an expert and leading business practitioner professional ; and
- Ability to apply order research, analytical and problem solving skills in novel situations, to identify and analyse complex and 'wicked' business problems then formulate and implement appropriate and sustainable solutions.
|2. Evaluate the core theoretical and research skills and knowledge required to successfully plan and undertake a doctoral level research program;||
- Ability to identify, analyse and compare ideas and information from scholarly, technical and professional bodies of knowledge;
- Ability to demonstrate critical reading and thinking skills, creative thinking and a capacity to conduct independent research;
- Ability to utilise appropriate and specialised research skills in order to develop knowledge;
- Ability to present a point of view, synthesising different opinions and contrasting opposing points of view;
- Ability to evaluate existing literature in order to produce a reflective, critical literature review for a research project; and
- Ability to defend a normative framework for research within which to evaluate existing systems and address practical problems.
|2. Evaluate the advanced theoretical and research skills and knowledge required to successfully plan and undertake a doctoral level research program.||
- Ability to demonstrate critical reading and thinking skills creative thinking at an advanced level;
- Ability to conduct independent research;
- Ability to select and apply appropriate and specialised research skills in order to develop knowledge;
- Ability to critically evaluate existing literature in order to produce a reflective, critical literature review for a research project;
- Ability to apply research and writing and other communication skills to design research-based strategies to identify and analyse real world problems in business, government and law;
- Ability to identify research design issues and employ appropriate research methods appropriate for different paradigmatic research;
- Ability to understand, employ, and critically evaluate data analysis methods for quantitative and qualitative research data, in accordance with underlying epistemological and ontological issues;
- Ability to defend a paradigmatic framework for research within which to evaluate existing systems and address practical problems;
- Ability to critically analyse the implications of ethics within a chosen research programme; and
- Ability to develop a research portfolio demonstrating these skills.
|3. Demonstrate a systemic and critical understanding of a substantial and complex body of knowledge at the frontier of an area of professional practice in a field of business.||
- Ability to engage in critical reflection, synthesis and evaluation;
- Ability to develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing professional practice, the production and/or application of knowledge in a field of business; and
- Ability to generate original knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution to existing professional practice, the production and/or application of knowledge in a field of business.
|Graduates of the Master of Research Development will:
1. Apply an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice in a business field;
- Ability to independently analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in one or more disciplines or areas of practice in a field of business, government and/or law;
- Ability to independently research and apply established theories to a body of knowledge or practice in a field of business, government and/or law; and
- Ability to independently interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
|Doctor of Business Administration||DBusAdmin|
Graduate Certificate in Research Skills (exit award only) - successful completion of Semester 1 of Professional Doctorate in Business Administration (Research), 12 credit points;
Graduate Diploma in Research Design (exit award only) - successful completion of Semesters 1 and 2 of Professional Doctorate in Business Administration (Research), 24 credit points;
Master of Research Development (exit award only) - successful completion of Semesters 1, 2 and 3 of Professional Doctorate in Business Administration (Research), 36 credit points.
2020 enrolments for this course by location. Please note that enrolment numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.
|UCI - PSB Academy, Singapore||27|
|Student category||Contact details|
|Current & Prospective Singapore Students||Faculty of Business, Government and Law BGLHDR@canberra.edu.au|