The learning experience
A PhD at Melbourne Business School
A PhD from Melbourne Business School gives you the opportunities and the connections to take your career anywhere you want it to go. An academic career gives you the opportunity to make a mark in your chosen field. But combining an academic and business focus gives you the opportunity to bridge the gap and influence both the educational and the corporate sectors. Because most research at MBS is grounded in the reality of business, it is possible to see your theories enacted in actual practice across the business sector.
PhDs often work with top people in a wide variety of fields on the national and international stage. They can be found advising leaders of industry, collaborating with colleagues on cutting-edge research, playing integral roles in the growth of not-for-profits or entrepreneurial ventures. Many professors assume leadership roles as consultants, board members of international corporations and often find themselves recognised by the public and media as experts on a wide range of issues.
There is a strong commitment to outstanding teaching and research at MBS, delivered by passionate and expert faculty who are recruited from around the world for their reputation as scholars, researchers and teachers.
An important factor to consider in choosing the School for your studies is how well the expertise of its faculty supports your research interests. MBS faculty have expertise in a wide range of fields, have a global perspective and reputation, and candidates can engage in research activities in a range of disciplines.
A list of faculty profiles is available at our Faculty & Research section.
Why choose MBS for your PhD
The MBS networks
The Melbourne Business School networks are among the most far-reaching and influential in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. The alumni, board of directors, donors and corporate partners engage with the School to support a wide range of activities including student recruitment, continuous learning and development and institution-building programs.
Melbourne Business School has always maintained close ties with the business community, ensuring students benefit from a powerful network of international and local corporate connections. MBS is the largest and most significant provider of management and leadership executive education in the Asia Pacific region. Our corporate network extends across both private and public sectors and all organisational levels.
International faculty network
Melbourne Business School has reciprocal arrangements with many international business schools. MBS faculty teach at overseas schools and MBS regularly hosts visiting professors. MBS also has close ties with the wider University of Melbourne faculty.
Influential alumni network
Graduates of Melbourne Business School gain admission to the School’s extensive alumni network. The international network of over 5,000 alumni stretches across 42 countries. Our alumni share common experiences and mutual friendships and they take pride in their achievements and in those of the School. Our alumni program serves to cultivate professional networks, support continuous learning and enhance the reputation of the School for the benefit of all MBS alumni.
Melbourne Business School facilities
The study environment and facilities of the School are world-class. The modern, purpose-built, comfortable building provides all teaching, group study and social amenities, including:
- shared offices for PhD candidates, with computing facilities, telephone and photocopying
- the McLennan Library, a dedicated management library designed specifically to support the information and research needs of students, staff and alumni
- excellent IT infrastructure (wireless LAN)
- formal and informal areas for study and networking
- a coffee shop and dining room for coffee breaks and meals
- MBS students also have access to the wide range of services provided by The University of Melbourne, including all sport and recreation facilities.
Career management program
MBS offers a Career Management Program to all students to help facilitate career change or career advancement. This program is designed to develop lifelong career skills to help students take advantage of career opportunities.