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Victoria University

Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated)

Aim for a high-level career as a researcher or adviser in business, government, or academia. Our integrated business Ph.D. teaches you best-practice research methods before you begin a thesis in your chosen field.


If you're a graduate without research experience, our integrated Ph.D. offers a pathway to a doctoral degree in business and management. In your first year, you’ll receive intensive research training. On passing with a 70% average in coursework and a thesis, you’ll begin your own original research, completing your Ph.D. in the standard four years.

You’ll choose your thesis topic from our research focus areas, benefiting from our expertise, support, and industry contacts. You’ll learn to present your findings as a thesis, and through international and local presentations and publications.

VU offers world-class business and management research opportunities. Our research partners include:

  • World Health Organization
  • Department of State Development, Business, and Innovation
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Campus Information

City Flinders

City Flinders Campus is a modern building in the centre of Melbourne’s busy central business district (CBD) You could be studying courses as diverse as osteopathy and business at this campus. It is opposite Melbourne’s grand Flinders Street Station, the Yarra River and the Southbank precinct. The campus is a perfect location for transport, shopping, food and cafes, or to hold a special event at our our Convention Centre.

Footscray Nicholson

Footscray Nicholson Campus is a few minutes' walk from the Footscray train station. This relaxed and friendly campus has an emphasis on TAFE courses, run through VU Polytechnic. It's easy to find your way around – there is a brand new learning commons with a library and study spaces. We also have childcare facilities and a recreation centre.


  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Application Process

More Information Required
10 Days
Possible Interview Call
10 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer
20 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Following your Ph.D., you’ll be ready for a research career in business or the public sector, or to become an academic. These are usually high-level roles and paid accordingly.

You’ll understand how to collect, analyze and present data and evidence. You’ll use this knowledge to make a new contribution to your field.

We offer industry connections to begin your career in these areas:

  • development
  • economics
  • education
  • environment
  • health
  • law
  • population growth
  • sustainability
  • tourism.

PSW Opportunity

  • 4 years

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry into a research program (postgraduate study) requires completion of:

  • an honors degree, or
  • a masters degree by coursework with a research component, or
  • an equivalent qualification from an approved university.

If you have a master's degree that did not include a research component, you may be eligible for our Ph.D. (Integrated) program.