UQ Business School PhD Course
The Research Process in Business

PhD course presented by Professor Robert Faff at The University of Queensland Business School.

Robert Faff is Professor of Finance and Director of Research at the UQ Business School. He has an international reputation in empirical finance research: securing 13 ARC grants (funding exceeding $4 million); more than 290 refereed journal publications; career citations exceeding 7,900; and a h-index of 47 (Google Scholar). His particular passion is nurturing and developing the career trajectories of early career researchers. Robert has supervised more than 30 PhD students to successful completion and examined 50 PhD dissertations.


This course is not currently offered

Knowledge Level and Prior Course Requirements

There is no presumed knowledge level beyond having had a prior serious exposure to academic research in a given filed of expertise (e.g. having written an 4th-year Honours thesis or other research dissertation). This course is open to students studying in any discipline.


Traditionally, the “process of research” is a “life skill” that academics assimilate somewhat haphazardly and imperfectly, in a piecemeal fashion over many years during their academic career. Even in more recent times, while particular key elements of the process are covered formally or informally in PhD coursework, doctoral students have a highly varied experience in this regard. In this course, I outline the full spectrum of the research process with a mindset of quantitative empirical work. My core focus is developing an understanding of the many dimensions of the process of research and how to translate this into long-term strategies for a successful academic career. Key elements of the research process include:

Statement On Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a broad term referring to the practice of appropriating someone else's ideas or work and presenting them as your own without acknowledgment. Plagiarism is literary or intellectual theft. It can take a number of forms, including:

Whatever the form, plagiarism is unacceptable both academically and professionally. By plagiarising you are both stealing the work of another person and cheating by representing it as your own. Any instances of plagiarism can therefore be expected to draw severe penalties.

Cheating means to defraud or swindle. Students who seek to gain an advantage by unfair means such as copying another student's work, or in any other way misleading a lecturer about their knowledge or ability or the amount of work they have done, are guilty of cheating. Students who condone plagiarism by allowing their work to be copied will also be subject to severe disciplinary action.

For more information please email Professor Robert Faff: r.faff@business.uq.edu.au