• Code MMIB8006
  • Unit Value 6 to 24 units
  • Offered by Research School of Management
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Course subject Management, Marketing and International Business
  • Areas of interest Business Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
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This course is suitable for Advanced Master-level students wishing to write a thesis in the areas of management, marketing, international business, business information systems, or other relevant business studies discipline. Students in the course discuss their research interests with a potential supervisor, who assists them in identifying a suitable research topic equivalent to 24 units of coursework. With their supervisor's agreement, each student then completes an individual thesis on the agreed topic with a length of 4,000-5,000 words per 6 units of study (i.e. 24 unit course thesis is 20,000 to 25,000 words).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Problematise within a relevant discipline through both theoretical and empirical critical analysis.
  2. Translate the problem into a set of clearly defined research questions to enable a scientific approach.
  3. Determine the appropriate research design and methodology to acquire evidence relevant to the research questions.
  4. Acquire a body of evidence relevant to the problem by using the appropriate research methods.
  5. Critically analyse the gathered evidence using appropriate method of analysis.
  6. Synthesise results and/or findings to inform appropriate solutions related to the problem.
  7. Consider the theoretical and practical implications of the chose solutions for both the literature and society.
  8. Produce a structured written thesis which shows the position of the candidate in relation to the underlying problem.

Other Information

Advanced program students are advised to start initial discussion with prospective research project supervisors well before the expected start of their MMIB8006 studies.

For students in non-Advanced programs who wish to complete research projects, please contact the RSM School Office (enquiries.rsm@anu.edu.au) to discuss alternative coursework options.

Indicative Assessment

  1. The thesis will be completed in stages (e.g. proposal, literature review, thesis, and oral presentation) that may be marked separately or as a single final thesis (to be confirmed with your supervisor and course convener). The resulting thesis will be examined by discipline experts in the Research School of Management. (100) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]

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130 hours of total student learning time per 6 units of study, comprising of independent student research, consultations with an ANU supervisor, reading, writing and presentations.

Inherent Requirements

Agreement from a supervisor to supervise the research project and resulting thesis.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Research School of Management to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Information about the prescribed textbook (if any) will be made available via the Class Summary and in discussion with an ANU supervisor.

Preliminary Reading

Readings relevant to each student's research project topic will be determined in discussion with an ANU supervisor.

Assumed Knowledge

This course is for RSM Advanced Master program students only. You will need to contact the Research School of Management to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 to 24 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2540 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 31 Mar 2024 24 May 2024 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7533 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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