Course outline

The degree allows candidates to develop in-depth knowledge, expertise and skills through the application of research to business problems and issues.

You will gain experience in the design and implementation of research and make a contribution to an existing body of knowledge by applying, clarifying or interpreting that knowledge.

At Monash Malaysia, we are committed to scholarly research that will make us global leaders in business and economic theory and practice.

Areas of study include:

  • Accounting and finance
  • Business law and taxation
  • Econometrics and business statistics
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Marketing

Career opportunities

This master’s degree has been designed to allow you to pursue your own career ambitions. Monash's international reputation offers graduates career and research opportunities in Malaysia and around the world.

Enrolment in a master's by research degree involves the independent investigation of a research problem that has been formulated by you as the student. It is expected that the research you undertake will make a contribution to the discipline in which you are enrolled by applying, critiquing, analysing or interpreting that knowledge in ways that facilitate pathways for further learning. You will be supported in your research by a supervisory team.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes.

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • Extend knowledge, expertise and skill through the application of research to business problems and issues
  • Gain experience in the design and implementation of research
  • Develop the ability to carry out independent research
  • Make a contribution to an existing body of knowledge by applying, clarifying or interpreting that knowledge

Conditions of enrolment

You will be required to complete:

  • Monash Graduate Research Induction (online)
  • Research Integrity (online)
  • Any faculty or program induction requirements

As a student of the university, you will be required to abide by all relevant statutes, regulations, policies and procedures. This includes maintaining satisfactory progress via regular milestone reviews in accordance with the Graduate Research Progress Management policy and procedures, ensuring you are undertaking research of an appropriate quality and scale as required by your course. You should refer to the University's current statutes and the University Policy Bank for links to relevant policies, procedures and guidelines.


This course consists of a coursework component and a research and thesis component.


You must, in consultation with and under the direct supervision of a member/s of the academic staff:

1. Carry out a program of research on an agreed topic approved by the faculty in your chosen discipline for a specified period and other related activities as indicated by the faculty

2. Submit for assessment a thesis of not more than 35,000 words as outlined in the options below, on the program of research which meets the requirements of the examiners. Submission of a thesis including published works may be permitted

3. Satisfactorily complete one of the programs of coursework study as outlined under 'Requirements by department, centre and school

4. The coursework component is taken over the first two semesters before proceeding to the thesis component

5. All MPhil students will be required to undertake compulsory training in the following areas:

  • Monash graduate research induction (online)
  • Research integrity (online)
  • Faculty induction, including occupational health and safety (where required)

Progression to further studies

Transfer to PhD

You may apply to upgrade to a PhD after a defined period (usually 9-12 months candidature, full-time or equivalent), provided that satisfactory progress has been made and certain conditions are met. Those students who want to upgrade from MPhil to PhD must achieve a mark of 70 per cent or higher in the compulsory coursework.

Malaysia Business School students who want to transfer from the MPhil to PhD must undertake relevant coursework of particular discipline area as enabling coursework and achieve a mark of 70 per cent or higher. Only the following PhD programs are available at the Malaysia Business School: Accounting, Management, Marketing, and Specialist Streams in Economics.

Programme fees

In 2018, annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • RM40,280 for Malaysian students
  • RM44,308 for international students.

Once-only fees

  • Application - RM100
  • Registration - RM200

Per-semester fee

  • General amenities - RM100

Visa application fee for new international student

  • Indonesia - RM 3,360
  • Other countries - RM 2,380

Entry requirements

To enter Monash University, students must satisfy particular academic, English language and age requirements.

To apply for the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) program in the School of Business, you must have completed:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a related discipline from Monash University, requiring at least four years of full-time study, which normally includes a research component in the fourth year, leading to an honours degree at H1 or H2A level
  • A course leading to a master’s preliminary qualification at a level rated by the relevant department, school and committee as equivalent to an honours class 1 or 2A degre
  • A master’s degree in a related discipline, including a significant research component, at least equivalent to an Australian honours degree (a full-time year of research and an examined thesis). It is normally expected that a minimum grade of H2A has been obtained for the research thesis or project
  • A qualification deemed equivalent to the above

English langauge requirements

Sound English language skills are required for all academic programs at Monash. You can demonstrate your English language proficiency through one of the following:

  • Studying English at Year 12 or equivalent
  • Studying at an institution where English is the language of instruction
  • English Proficiency Tests
  • Monash English Bridging

If you have achieved more than one of the English language requirements over a period of time, only the most recent demonstration of English proficiency will be considered.

Special requirements

You must meet specific English language requirements when applying for our master’s and doctoral research degrees.

Submission of evidence

You must submit full documentary evidence in support of English proficiency with your application for candidature. If your first language is not English, or where degree qualifications were not undertaken in the English language, Monash reserves the right to seek further documentary evidence of English proficiency.

Additional notes

  1. Fees are subjected to change, for international student may have to refer to latest exchange rates.
  2. Additional cost my incurred depending on situation (Accommodation, laboratories equipment/materials, etc.)
  3. Encourage to study and research laws in Malaysia, as Malaysia is a majority muslim country. It is advisable for international students to understand the country's strict rules and culture. 
  4. English is used as a teaching medium and a widely spoken language in Malaysia, if the requirements are not stated in the university webpage, advisable to contact the university's authority for further information about English requirements or English Entry Requirements.
  5. For scholarship opportunities, please browse through our webpage to find out local and international opportunities. 
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