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The Master of Business Research is designed to provide students with an advanced level of specialised knowledge and skills for research in the management and commerce (business) disciplines, with emphasis on recent and ongoing developments in this field.

The course will equip graduates with advanced knowledge of a wide range of theoretical and empirical research methods, and will enable them to make their own contribution to the body of knowledge by completing an independent research project.

The course is taught by academic staff active in research, and students are exposed to professional and scholarly developments that have been achieved through research activity. The course is at the cutting edge with business applications of digital technologies embedded across the curriculum. This course is a specialised program for students who are interested in a research career and employment opportunities existing in higher education institutions or with commercial research employers.


2 years full-time or 4 years part-time

International students are required to maintain a full-time study load on campus basis


On campus South Eveleigh NSW


Refer to key dates


  • An Australian bachelor's degree or equivalent or from a recognised tertiary institution with an average of at least "Distinction" grade (75%).
  • Applicants with a minimum average "Credit" grade (65%) may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Business Research with subsequent progression to the master's degree if successful.
  • Applications must be accompanied by a 2,000 word proposal, which should outline the main focus of the applicant's research interest, a commentary on important and recent literature in this area, and a discussion of why this is an important area of research. All proposals must acknowledge sources correctly. Proposals may be checked using a plagiarism checking system.

Find out if your overseas qualification is recognised and meets the Entry Requirements. 



Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available and will be assessed in accordance with IMC's RPL policy and procedure. Please refer to the Application for Recognition of Prior Learning and the RPL policy and procedure for further details.


In this coursework component, students develop their capacity to conduct rigorous independent research. They also undertake advanced coursework that integrates conceptual and practical issues within the business discipline as well as, by guided independent study, the narrower discipline of their research.

Core Subjects

Exit with Graduate Certificate in Business Research

In the research project, students complete independent research into an applied or theoretical issue in their selected area of interest. The selected topic is subject to approval by the Higher Degree Research Committee.

Exit with Master of Business Research


Assessment methods are designed to encourage learning, provide feedback and measure achievement of unit learning outcomes. Forms of assessment vary among units and include research reports, projects, essays, group work, presentations, problem solving and case studies as well as tests, quizzes and examinations. Students may be required to complete assessment tasks alone or in groups to encourage development of generic skills. Assessments generally require a written submission but may include an oral presentation. In capstone units, assessments may include industry engagement and an extensive report.


The average salary for an employee in the Business Research, Analysis, and Advisory Services industry in 2015, according to PayScale, is between $52,381 and $117,000.

Upon completion of the Master of Business Research, students may apply to progress to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) with credit for research coursework subjects previously completed.