DR067 - Doctor of Philosophy

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Plan: DR067 - Doctor of Philosophy
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Entrance requirements

Program details

Award title: Doctor of Philosophy
Award abbreviation: PhD
Career: RSCH
Duration: 4 years full-time, 8 years part-time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Architecture & Design (320H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/architecturedesign
ASCED code: 040100
CRICOS code: 065749F

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Purpose of the Program

The Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture and Design) by research is designed to provide the framework, the focus and the discipline necessary to conduct speculative inquiry. The province of the PhD is the exploration of new territories of design research, contributions to the knowledge base of the discipline, and steps toward the redefinition of aspects of design.


Research is conducted through designing and the process of designing as a means of increasing knowledge.Candidates are supported and engaged in communities of practice where learning is fundamentally a social phenomenon; where knowledge is integrated in the life of these communities which share interests, ideas, discourses, ways of doing things and explore the boundaries of design thinking.


Individually supervised research programs are available in Architecture, Fashion, Industrial Design, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture. The Doctor of Philosophy may be undertaken in a project or thesis mode.


Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture and Design) will have developed the skills required to conduct independent research and contributed to the knowledge base of design research in their chosen field.


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Entrance requirements

 Applicants for admission to the Doctor of Philosphy (Architecture and Design) are required to have:

  • A degree of Master by Research from RMIT; or
  • a degree of Master by Coursework from RMIT which includes a research program with a duration of at least one semester full-time (or part-time equivalent); or
  • a degree of Bachelor from RMIT with first class honours or upper second class honours; or
  • another award as deemed equivalent; and
  • such qualifications or experience as RMIT considers appropriate.

Research Proposal

Applicants are also required to provide a research proposal, normally between one and five pages, which addresses the following points:

  • the proposed title of study
  • the central theme to be explored in one succinct phrase
  • the research to be undertaken and with what end in mind
  • the research questions to be asked
  • the material and area to be studied
  • how the research will be conducted
  • the research approach/method/structure to be used
  • details of any existing body of work which is relevant to the research

Attach a preliminary list of readings, references and precedents to the research proposal.

Portfolio requirement

Applicants intending to conduct research through project work are required to provide a hard copy or electronic/digital copy of their portfolio. Applicants applying for UAL must supply a hard copy porfolio. File size for electronic submission should not exceed 10MB.

The portfolio should be:

  • A4 size, bound
  • show a minimum of four recent projects, including your undergraduate thesis
  • include a descriptive range of 2D and 3D drawings, images, etc
  • include a short text explanation of each project
  • relevant research/study material can be included to support design projects
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