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. In order to be admitted to the Master of Philosophy an applicant must have completed one of the following:

    (a)  a four-year bachelor’s degree; or,
    (b) a bachelor’s honours degree; or,
    (c)  a bachelor’s degree and a postgraduate diploma; or,
    (d) a bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience relevant to the proposed programme of research.

  2. A student must have completed their admission qualification in 1 above with the equivalent of a B grade average or higher.

  3. In exceptional circumstances, an applicant may be admitted who does not meet the requirements in 1 above, but who has a professional qualification and/or extensive professional or scholarly experience; either ‘of an appropriate kind’ or ‘relevant to the proposed subject of the thesis’.

  4. An applicant who applies under 1 or 3 above must provide evidence to the University Postgraduate Board of their ability to pursue research in the proposed subject of the thesis.

  5. The University Postgraduate Board may require an applicant to complete an approved course in research methods and/or complete any other preparatory paper(s) or work prior to admission.

  6. The University Postgraduate Board must be satisfied that an applicant’s proposed programme of research is viable and the arrangements for supervision are appropriate and able to be sustained.

  7. Admission to the Master of Philosophy is subject to the approval of the University Postgraduate Board.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

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: 28-Oct-2015 1.58pm

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