Business and Economics

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Business and economics researchers are responding to big global challenges. Join a globally connected community of world-class researchers. And help us to drive progress in this time of economic, social and environmental upheaval.

Melbourne Business School (MBS) offers graduate researchers a rigorous and enriching experience. Our coursework and research training program prepares you for research and teaching careers. Possible career pathways include top educational, industry and government institutions.  

You will join a talented, passionate and collaborative research community. This includes peers, academic researchers and supportive supervisors. Our rigorous and demanding graduate research program has small class sizes and student-to-supervisors ratios. This will give you the advanced training you need to develop your full potential.  

You will be fully funded for the duration of your doctoral program. We offer scholarships that cover your tuition and living expenses. And generous research and conference travel funding.  

Throughout your graduate research degree, you will have opportunities to work with researchers from other disciplines and universities. This helps to expand your networks and enhance your career prospects. You'll be part of our engaged alumni community. This community comprises more than 60 000 academics, leaders and business professionals globally.  

Top-ranked institutions have recently hosted graduate researchers from MBS as visiting scholars. Such institutions include:

  • Nottingham, UK
  • Stanford and Columbia, USA

Exceptional graduate researchers have forged impressive careers in Australia and internationally. Recent career placements include:

  • Australian National University
  • Monash University
  • Nottingham University Business School
  • Nuffield College, Oxford University
  • Tilburg School of Management and Economics
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Western Australia
  • World Health Organization

Learn how we’re making a difference

The University is a key influencer of governments, businesses and community groups.

The Melbourne Institute is Australia’s pre-eminent economic and social policy research centre. The institute collaborates with the Department of Social Services to learn about Australian households and family life. They do this via the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey (HILDA). This survey has been collecting powerful insights for more than 20 years.

Our Centre for Workplace Leadership is helping to grow skilled, responsible workplace leaders. The centre has shared its research findings with more than 1000 organisations. This has led to the implementation of new evidence-based policies and programs.

The Faculty of Business and Economics engages in many interdisciplinary research projects. These projects drive positive societal change. One priority area is improving the financial wellbeing of all Australians. Economists, finance experts, neuroscientists, lawyers and computer scientists are working with industry partners. Together, they develop practical solutions to improve financial literacy, decision-making and household outcomes.

Explore our research disciplines

Research opportunities exist within each of these disciplines:

Melbourne Business School research addresses complex challenges of the 21st century. There is a particular focus on three strategic priorities:

Graduate researchers can access a vast network of resources across the faculty and the University. This includes the specialist  Giblin Eunson library, and more than 12 other individual libraries. Each has a world-class collection of books, journals, films, maps and databases.

Explore our centres and networks

The faculty hosts a wide range of specialist research centres, networks and laboratories. These span the areas of accounting, finance, economics, management and marketing, and actuarial studies. They include:

  • Brain, Mind and Markets Laboratory. Investigates human and machine decision-making through experimental research. It combines expertise from neurobiology, economics, finance, psychology and computer science.
  • Centre for Accounting and Industry Partnerships. Acts as the interface between the University and the business sector. Our partners can draw on the knowledge and expertise of researchers and teachers.
  • Centre for Asian Business and Economics.  Strengthens linkages with Asian universities, business and government. It brings together researchers in economics, accounting, finance, management, marketing and related fields. Together, they develop broader perspectives of Asian economies. And of business strategies/practices in Asia.
  • Centre for Business Analytics. Investigates how data – small or big – can drive organisational success. This is through fact-based, data-driven, proactive decision-making.
  • The Centre for Market Design. Uses economic design to solve problems. This drives innovation in policy, procurement and resource allocation.
  • Experimental Economics Laboratory. Promotes experimental methods in economics research and policy-making.
  • Experimental Research Facility. Behavioural researchers can test economic theories and develop policies. Behavioural experiments are an important tool in social sciences research. And in business and policy-making.
  • International Centre for Research in Organisational Discourse, Strategy and Change. Links researchers from across the world, from a range of institutions. These researchers develop and apply discourse methods in the study of organisations. Now wider in scope, it was initially launched by four institutions:
    • University of Melbourne
    • University of Sydney
    • King's College, University of London
    • McGill University
  • Melbourne Centre for Corporate Governance and Regulation. Informs and addresses issues of corporate governance and regulation. These issues face for-profit, government and not-for-profit entities.

Partner with an overseas institution

Current funded Joint PhD opportunities

When you undertake a Joint PhD, you are supervised by academics from two institutions. As well as the University of Melbourne, you can partner with an international institution. This means your research will benefit from a truly global perspective. And you will enhance your prospects for an international research career.

We are currently offering the following fully funded Joint PhD opportunities within the theme of business and economics:

Collaborate with experts from other disciplines

As a business and economics researcher, you will have the opportunity to work with researchers from other disciplines. Engaging with experts outside your field helps you reflect on the world in different ways. Many of the faculty’s research centres bring together experts from different disciplines and industries. You could also join one of the University’s multidisciplinary research initiatives. Depending on the topic, you might work with experts from areas including:

  • health
  • psychology
  • science
  • sociology
  • law
  • energy
  • environment
  • education.

Hallmark Research Initiatives

Current Hallmark Research Initiatives addressing the theme of business and economics include:

  • Statelessness – filling knowledge gaps to inform public policy.
  • Economic and Social Participation – investigating the factors that contribute to individual and community stability and wellbeing.
  • Creativity and Wellbeing – exploring the intersection of creativity and wellbeing. It uses an interdisciplinary knowledge base to cultivate a network of researchers who investigate the relationship between the concepts, and the impact of creativity on wellbeing across the lifespan.

Melbourne Interdisciplinary Research Institutes

Current Melbourne Interdisciplinary Research Institutes that address the theme of business and economics include:

Gain industry experience

Eligible graduate researchers can apply for internships through the Australian Postgraduate Research Intern program. The program connects PhD and masters students with industry through short-term research projects. It empowers students to thrive in a practical work environment. APR-I is the industry arm of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute. It is supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Education.

Next steps

Meet our alumni

Learn about their successful teaching and research careers:

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