Macquarie University PhD Scholarships and Master of Research and PhD Opportunities

Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia - Faculty of Business and Economics

Closes: 31st July 2016 (international), 31st October (Australians and New Zealanders), Year-round (Cotutelle opportunities only)
We are currently advertising several international and domestic PhD scholarships. The period of candidature is three years, full-time. 
Closing dates for applications
  • International candidates – The scholarship round for entry into the PhD program in 2016 will close on 30th June 2016. 
  • International candidates – The main scholarship round for entry into the PhD program in 2017 will close on 30th July 2016. 
  • Australian PR and Citizens and New Zealand Citizens – The main scholarship round for entry into the PhD program in 2017 will close on 30th October 2016. 
  • Cotutelle applicants (domestic and international) – open year round. 
Areas of PhD research availableThe Faculty of Business and Economics is the largest of the five faculties at Macquarie University, and consists of four departments: Accounting and Corporate Governance, Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies, Economics, and Marketing and Management. The Faculty also hosts four key research centres that represent concentrations of research expertise. We are an applied and engaged business faculty making a positive contribution and impact, both globally and locally. We engage with our stakeholders to create and share knowledge which addresses business and societal challenges. We are currently seeking high-calibre students for the PhD and PhD pathway programs, and are offering a number of scholarships to competitive applicants whose projects address specific research themes. Read more about our areas of research and entry criteria below. 
Accounting and Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Governance and Regulation
  • Behavioural Accounting
  • Management Control Systems
  • Performance Measurement Systems
  • Sustainability Accounting
  • Financial Reporting
  • Integrated Reporting
  • International Accounting
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Taxation
Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies 
Commodity Markets and Climate Impacts
  • Risk management and hedging in energy and commodity markets
  • Econometric analysis of carbon emissions markets
  • Climate change: modelling of risks and impacts, financial analysis of adaptation and mitigation 
Human Factors in Finance
  • Human factors in business and finance
  • Risk and regulation in financial systems
  • Behavioural finance
  • Governance, institutions and social policy 
Risk, Data Analytics and Insurance
  • Data analytic techniques for modelling and managing financial risks
  • Modelling and forecasting disability, mortality and longevity risk
  • Valuation of insurance products 
  • Risk management: reinsurance, hedging and risk control
  • Performance, governance and strategic interactions of financial institutions
  • Bank regulation and risk governance
  • Effects of diversification in banking organisations
Banking and Regulation 
Financial Mathematics and Actuarial Mathematics
  • Option pricing and hedging
  • Quantitative risk measurement and management
  • Optimal asset allocation
  • Statistical models in finance and insurance/advanced quantitative analysis
  • Mathematics for insurance and pension funds 
Corporate Finance and Governance
  • Behaviour of firms and their relationship with capital markets
  • Impact of corporate governance on firm outcomes
  • Corporate strategy and corporate investment
  • Interactions between financial markets and corporate decisions 
Chinese Capital Markets
  • Political connections, uncertainty and corruption
  • CEO compensation/turnover
  • State ownership and family control
  • Audit opinions and auditor choice
  • Bank loans and trade credit
  • Investment efficiency and Mergers and Acquisitions 
Macroeconomics/Macro-econometrics of Financial Stability
  • Financial stability
  • Financial bubbles
  • Consumer sentiment
  • Economic forecasting
  • Fiscal and monetary policies
  • Energy markets
  • Real estate market volatility and related econometric issues
Labour, Economic Advancement and Development
  • Economic transition
  • Labour in global production networks
  • Global health, productivity and wages
  • Labour market institutions and the rapid evolution of the Asia-Pacific region
  • Poverty, inequality and welfare
  • Development issues in South, Southeast and East Asia
  • International trade and development
  • Economics of microfinance
  • Application of  theories and methods of economics to problems in the creative arts, the cultural industries, heritage, cultural policy, etc.
Economics of the Arts, Culture and Heritage 
Micro Theory and Micro-econometrics
  • General equilibrium theory and applications
  • Game theory and applications
  • Social choice theory and applications
  • Economics of the public sector 
Marketing and Management Entrepreneurship
  • Creativity, knowledge and innovation
  • Gender and ethnicity
  • SMEs 
International Business
  • Confucianism and East Asia business
  • Cross-cultural issues
  • Emerging economies
  • Internationalisation strategy
  • Multinational business 
Management and Organisations
  • Business ethics/CSR
  • Critical management
  • Diversity issues
  • Leadership
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Organisational theory 
  • Advertising
  • Branding
  • Business-to-business
  • Consumer behaviour / customer relationships
  • Marketing management
  • Retailing
  • Services
  • Social marketing including ethics and sustainable marketing
  • Demography e.g. age, migrants
  • Employment relations
  • Health and well-being
  • HRM / management of work
  • Legal issues
  • Work–family
Macquarie Centre for the Health EconomyFocuses on investigating the Australian health, ageing and disability sectors at the macro level, with particular attention on the interdependencies of the systems with each other, and the broader community. Our research covers: 
  • Integrated care
  • Mental health
  • Aged care
  • Disability
  • Medical technology
  • Funding and financing models
  • Performance measurement
  • Choice and competition in healthcare
  • Economic evaluation 
Centre for Financial RiskExamines the spectrum of financial risks faced at all levels of the economy. Our research promotes greater stability and good decision-making by businesses, individuals, government and regulators. Our research covers: 
  • Risk management in financial markets
  • Regulation and government policy
  • Banking, finance and asset pricing
  • Insurance and risk analysis
  • Energy economics and utility markets
  • Climatic change and catastrophic risks
  • Superannuation
  • Complex industry and corporate issues
  • Behavioural economics and financial literacy 
International Governance and Performance (IGAP) Research CentreExplores the financial and non-financial aspects of accounting and assurance systems, including issues surrounding organisational performance, sustainability and transparency. Our research covers: 
  • Governance (not-for-profit): Organisational accountability and transparency
  • Non-financial / sustainability  audit and assurance (external and internal)
  • Financial reporting and assurance
  • Professional scepticism
  • Performance management
  • Business ethics 
Centre for Workforce FuturesRepresents one of the Asia-Pacific's leading concentrations of expertise in the fields of: human resource management, employment relations, labour economics, demography, labour law and management strategy. Our research covers: 
  • Changing structure of the labour market
    • international labour mobility; impact of technology on service work; the growth of ‘care work’; new and old skills and skill formation in emerging and declining occupations and industries; an aging workforce; outsourcing; precarious work. 
  • Changing nature of work, employment and life course
    • the boundaries between work, employment and leisure; experiences and consequences of precarious work; job quality; child work experience; changing generational experiences of social provision (child care/parental leave/housing/retirement income) linked to work; education and training; supply chain regulation. 
  • Evolution of institutional and legal responses to changes in the labour market and working life
    • worker entitlements and integration with social policy (e.g. retirement incomes system and forms of leave); work health and safety; workers’ compensation and rehabilitation. 
  • Gender, diversity and inclusion
    • workforce diversity; gendered work cultures; women, management and leadership. 
  • Democracy in organisations and society
    • changing modes of union and non-union worker voice. 
  • Sustainable and transformational leadership
    • wisdom-based, ethical, and participative leadership in addressing economic, workforce and environmental issues; the impact of climate change on work; sustainable transitions in industry and work; organisational sustainability. 
What we offerThe 2016 full-time PhD stipend rate is AU$26,288 per annum tax exempt for three years. The 2017 full-time stipend rate is $26,450 per annum tax exempt for three years. Successful international students would also get their tuition fees and compulsory health cover provided by the University.
Successful scholarship applicants will have access to research project support for research-related activities (travel to present at conferences, training, copy editing, thesis production etc.) of up to $8,000 over three years and a laptop. An additional $5000 is available for travel expenses to conferences (competitive).
We also offer very attractive opportunities for PhD cotutelle study under a joint supervision model. Under the cotutelle, the student is enrolled at two universities with a principal supervisor at each. Both universities sign an agreement for the candidate, which outlines the research and enrolment arrangements. Find out more about cotutelle.
PhD scholarship essential requirements
  • Master degree from another institution with a major research component; or
  • Master of Philosophy; or
  • Macquarie’s Master of Research with at least a 75 per cent in second year; or
  • have a record of high quality peer-reviewed academic publications; and
  • very good/excellent academic referee reports; and
  • very good/excellent grades. 
Persons who do not meet the above PhD essential criteria may apply for entry into the first or second year of our Research Training program, the Master of Research, in conjunction with a provisional offer for PhD study. Read more about the Master of Research and Master of Research scholarships. The minimum GPA for entry into our Master of Research in all disciplines except Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies is 3.0/4.0 (minimum of 65%) overall and 3.5/4.0 (minimum of 75%) at the highest level. For Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies the minimum entry criteria is 3.4/4.0 overall and 3.5/4.0 (minimum of 75%) at the highest level. 
PhD scholarship desirable requirementsA successful candidate would possess one or more of the following:
  • record of academic prizes or scholarships;
  • record of high quality peer-reviewed academic publications;
  • record of grants;
  • record of non-peer reviewed research output. 
Expression of interestTo be considered for our scholarship opportunities, please submit an application through the Macquarie Higher Degree Research website and following the instructions:
You will be required to submit a full application which includes all of the required information which is listed in the website.
More information about the PhD international scholarship application process and conditions of award
Other international scholarship opportunities can be found here.
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