DR071 - Doctor of Philosophy

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Plan: DR071 - Doctor of Philosophy
Campus: Bundoora Campus


Program details
Objectives 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: Education (360H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/education
ASCED code: 070000
CRICOS code: 065720G

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Objectives of the program

A PhD in education is nationally and internationally recognised. Upon graduation with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from RMIT University in the School of Education you will have developed:

  • high level skills in research processes,
  • analysis and synthesis of knowledge related to specific investigative fields of education, and
  • high level communication skills.

A PhD from the School of Education will provide you with the essential abilities for employment in tertiary academic positions, research centres and institutes, and senior leadership and management positions in a variety of education environments.

At RMIT University you are able to undertake this PhD by project or by traditional thesis.

If you choose to undertake your PhD by project, your final submission would involve the combination of an exegesis (thesis) and a product, for example a website, policy documents or curriculum resources. Some key characteristics of this mode could include industry partnership, collaboration, research linked to action, positive change for the organisation and individual, and action learning/action research approaches within a project framework.

Contact and discussion with the Deputy Head, Research and Innovation, will assist you in choosing your preferred mode of PhD study.

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Entrance requirements

As an applicant for the Doctor of Philosophy you must have:

  • A degree of Masters by Research at RMIT, or
  • A degree of Masters by Coursework at RMIT which includes a research program with a duration of at least one semester full-time (or part-time equivalent). If you have qualified for a Masters by Coursework without having undertaken a research program of at least one semester’s duration, the College/School may consider you for direct entry provided you can demonstrate other areas of research experience relevant to the discipline in the form of publications and conference presentations, or
  • A Bachelor degree at RMIT with first class honours, or upper second class honours, or
  • Another award deemed to be equivalent in character and standard to the above degrees, or
  • Such other qualifications or experience as the College/School considers appropriate.

International onshore applicants will also be required to meet the following English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 7.0+ (no band less than 6.5) OR
  • TOEFL - Paper based = 600+ (TWE 5.0+) OR
  • TOEFL - Computer based = 250+ (TWE 5.0+)

*Please refer to http://www.rmit.edu.au/programs/apply/international/englishequivalent for further information.

These entrance requirements are the minimum academic standard you must meet in order to be eligible to apply for the program.


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