Master of Philosophy

The AUT Business School is known in New Zealand and internationally for the high quality of its graduates, the impact of its research and its effective engagement with business and the broader community. We attract students from New Zealand and overseas who are seeking a relevant, rigorous and engaged business education that prepares them well for business practice and a research career. Our qualifications give you a range of options and flexibility; your study can be research focused, course work based, or a combination of both.

Programme Code: AK3720
Level: 9
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full time / 2 years part time
Venue: City Campus
Start Date: Anytime

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a 120 point postgraduate degree gained by supervised research in any business topic. You must have an undergraduate degree and a strong research background gained from previous postgraduate study. You will choose a research topic to gain advanced knowledge in a specific
area. The MPhil is a stand-alone research qualification as well as a pathway to the PhD.


  1. Must have completed one of the following:

    • Four-year bachelor’s degree at level 8 OR
    • Bachelor’s degree (honours) with second-class honours or higher OR
    • Bachelor’s degree and postgraduate diploma OR
    • Bachelor’s degree with at least three years of experience relevant to the proposed research OR
    • Professional qualification or experience approved by the University Postgraduate Board to be equivalent
  2. Applicants with relevant overseas qualifications will be assessed individually and may be required to undertake a preliminary course of study before entry into this programme.

  3. Applicants for whom English is a second or additional language must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall and a minimum of 6.0 in each band. For more details, please refer to English Language Requirements in AUT’s Academic Calendar.

  4. Acceptance is dependent on the availability of appropriate staff to
    supervise research in your field of study and a proposed programme of research that is viable.
  5. May be required to complete an approved research methods paper.

Planning your MPhil
Prospective MPhil candidates are required to prepare a brief proposal of research, specifying the field of research and a general research question they wish to investigate. You should consult the list of business school academic staff provided in this study guide and on the business school website to identify if your field of research is one in which the business school has an active interest.

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Application process
Prospective applicants for the MPhil programme should contact and include information about their academic background and research proposal.



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Last updated: 26-Aug-2015 3.42pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.