Master of Business Management (MBM)

Award Master of Business Management
AQF Level AQF 9
Typical Duration 1.5 years
CRICOS Code 074571G
Unit of Study 10
Structure 8 Core units + 2 Electives


The MBM is designed as a specialist Master degree course to respond to the emerging challenges and the requirements for a holistic approach in management. A deliberate emphasis is placed on professional and technical skills enhanced through projects students will pursue. Thus, the MBM or indeed the MBA should not be confused with standard general management courses. Students will not only acquire broad knowledge of the field but more critically demonstrated specialised knowledge, skills, perspectives and values in a substantially integrated, applied and experiential manner.

Units of study are larger to provide a greater opportunity for interdisciplinary learning and integrated coverage of knowledge in this field. Students are immersed in the fundamental knowledge and then involved in project-based learning with due emphasis on the integrated application of knowledge, creative thinking and intellectual development. Contemporary thinking is reflected in the core knowledge and perspectives promoted throughout the course including learning triple bottom perspectives and environmental and social optimisation. In short, APIC's focus is on promotion of holistic and integrative thinking, self-direction and development of meta cognitive abilities. The qualities underpinned are:

  • Creativity and lateral thinking
  • Critical thinking/conceptualisation skills
  • Holistic and integrative perspectives that promote environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibly
  • Experiential and reflective learning
  • Skills in optimising/customising solutions across technical, organisational, financial, social and environmental angles
  • Risk resilience mindset, i.e. skills in tapping opportunities and resolving uncertainties (constant value addition/risk reduction focus)
  • In search of new knowledge and evolution of best practice
  • Leadership and soft skills

Government and Professional Accreditation

    • APIC courses are formally accredited and registered by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and included in the National Register of Higher Education Providers.
    • APIC is formally registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).MBM CRICOS Code: 074571G

Course Learning Outcomes

KnowledgeGraduates of the Master of Business Management will:

  • demonstrate up-to-date knowledge of a chosen business specialisation in national, regional, and international contexts;


Graduates of the Master of Business Management will:

  • be highly skilled in the use of analytical tools and evidence-based decision making;
  • initiate and lead collaboration in productive teams across multiple divisions within a business;
  • be a highly effective motivator, manager and director.

Application of knowledge and skills

Graduates of the Master of Business Management will:

  • be an articulate, numerate leader with a well a high level of commercial awareness;
  • be an influencer of others, generating and integrating new ideas;
  • demonstrate and value high ethical standards, integrity and professional achievement.


Master of Business Management (MBM)
Entry requirements: recognised degree and English proficiency
Credit hours Credit points
Semester 1
CPD1102 Professional Development and Ethics 7 3
SBM2101 Operations Management 15 6
SBM2102 Marketing and Business Communications 15 6
SBM2103 Financial Management 15 6
Semester 1 Total 52 21
Semester 2
SBM2104 Human Resources Management 15 6
SBM2105 International Business and Competitive Strategy 15 6
SBM1104 Leadership and Change Management 15 6
Semester 2 Total 45 18
Semester 3
SBM2106 Organisation Behaviour and Internal Communication 15 6
Elective Unit 1 (taken from MBM Electives below) 15 6
Elective Unit 2 (taken from MBM Electives below) 15 6
Semester 3 Total 45 18

MBM Major Electives Credit hours Credit points
MBM (Human Resources Management)
SBM1108 Business Decision Analysis 15 6
SBM2303 Strategic Information Systems: Managerial Perspective 15 6
SBM2501 Business Law and Due Diligence 15 6
SBM2503 Corporate Governance 15 6
MBM (Strategic Procurement Management)*
SBM2301 Supply Chain Management Fundamentals 15 6
SBM2302 Advanced Supply Chain Management 15 6
SBM2303 Strategic Information Systems: Managerial Perspective 15 6
SBM2304 Enterprise Systems and Business Process Integration 15 6
MBM (Marketing)
SBM1205 Project Formulation and Business Planning 15 6
SBM1206 Advanced Risk and Uncertainty Management 15 6
SBM2201 Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Management 15 6
SBM2501 Business Law and Due Diligence 15 6
MBM (Business Planning and Finance)
SBM1203 Project/venture Economics and Finance 15 6
SBM1205 Project Formulation and Business Planning 15 6
SBM2201 Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Management 15 6
SBM1206 Advanced Risk and Uncertainty Management 15 6
SBM2501 Business Law and Due Diligence 15 6
Research Elective Units | MBM (Research Skills)
SBM1302 Major Project 30 12
SBM Elective Unit 1 15 6
SBM Elective Unit 2 15 6

To be eligible to graduate from the Master of Business Administration, students must successfully complete 12 units in total comprising eight core units: CPD1102; SBM2101; SBM2102; SBM2103; SBM2104; SBM2105; SBM1104; SBM2106; plus four elective units.

*Candidates wishing to obtain corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply must additionally enrol in and complete SBM1300 Research Project. The research must be focused on a topic related to supply chain and procurement management.Please note: Not all units are offered in every semester.


Domestic and Offshore International students
The course may be studied in full-time and/or part time modes, allowing students complete flexibly. The normal full-time duration is 1.5 years (3 semesters).

The number of units undertaken in each semester can be varied to suit individuals, subject to the total duration of candidature not exceeding 4 years (8 semesters), and subject to any conditions as advised at the time of enrolment.

Onshore International students
The CRICOS-registered duration is 1.5 years of full-time study (3 semesters). Please note the part time mode is not available to holders of a student visa, who are not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand, or who are not an Australian permanent resident, or who are a temporary resident of Australia.

Delivery Method
All units of study are hosted on the College’s Online Learning System (OLS), and lectures are generally delivered face-to-face for campus-based students. All tutorials are also conducted under close academic supervision. Students have uninterrupted access to course information, library and other learning resources, and learn from a highly qualified faculty, many of whom have considerable industry experience. The OLS manages the whole process; it has a formalised structure, framework and processes, and regulates the entire delivery process in each semester, providing 24-hour access to course information and learning resources.

Other learning resources include:

  • Lecture notes and suggested readings.
  • Sample assignments and case studies.
  • E-Library.
  • EBSCO Library.

APIC's e-Library hosts a collection of specialised papers and presentation slides often not found in the online databases, and includes a mix of academic and industry-focused studies in project, business and general management. The collection is always expanding as more resources are obtained.

Postgraduate Admission Requirements

APIC Admission policy

Academic Entry Requirements

English language requirements for postgraduate entry

All applicants from a non-English speaking background applying to any postgraduate course at APIC must satisfy the following additional English language requirements:

IELTS Academic: overall band score of 6.5 or higher with no band below 6.0; OR IBT (Internet-based TOEFL): overall score of 90 with a writing section minimum of 21; OR Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grades A, B, C and C1; OR Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): total score of 58 or over: OR ELSIS English for Academic Purposes (EAP 2): Grade A; OR PTE Academic Module with score over 59.

Applicants who do not meet APIC’s English proficiency requirements can be made a conditional offer with a requirement to complete an approved intensive English language course and meet the required standard prior to their commencing their APIC award course.

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