Master of Philosophy

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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 is a one-year, research-only master’s degree. You undertake a supervised research topic in a specialised business area. The Master of Philosophy can provide a pathway to more advanced research at doctoral level.


Minimum entry requirements
Must have completed one of the following with the equivalent of a B grade average or higher:

  • Four-year bachelor’s degree OR
  • Bachelor’s honours degree OR
  • Bachelor’s degree and a postgraduate diploma OR
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience relevant to the proposed programme of research.

English language requirements
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.

Other requirements
May be required to complete an approved research methods paper

What this qualification covers

You complete an original thesis during this year of study. AUT Business School staff are available to supervise MPhil research on a wide range of topics.

Find out more about the business school research areas

Career opportunities

It is expected that as a graduate with a Master of Philosophy you have the necessary skills and qualifications to follow an academic or research career leading to a PhD. Alternatively, your research topic may lead you to a position of expertise in your chosen field.


Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.39pm

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