DR229 - PhD (Applied Chemistry)

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Plan: DR229 - 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: 3-4 years full-time, 6-8 years part-time
Location: RMIT City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/science
ASCED code: 010599
CRICOS code: 079822J

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Purpose of the Program

The Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Chemistry develops advanced research skills that will prepare you for a career in academia, government or industry in which systematic and critical analytical skills are required.

You will contribute to the generation of new knowledge vital to global sustainable development and address contemporary problems and phenomena in areas of environmental analysis, element extraction, food security, medicine and nutrition, energy, and new materials. You will develop skills applicable to a range of settings and professions including health care, metallurgy, energy storage, environmental assessment and much more.

Individually supervised research programs are available in the following areas of research focus:

  • Analytical Chemistry (minerals chemistry, industrial chemistry, food chemistry and functional foods, metabolomics, natural products extraction and identification, medicinal chemistry, separation science, flow injection analysis and mass spectrometry, spectroscopic techniques and biomedical diagnostics);
  • Environmental Science (air, soil and water quality, peatland and aquatic/marine ecosystems, environmental contamination and contaminant detection, biosolids, environmental toxicology, microplastics detection and analysis, microbial geology and Medical Geology);
  • Physical and Materials Chemistry (organic and inorganic synthesis, drug discovery and delivery, green chemistry, carbon capture materials, colloidal chemistry, AFM techniques and antimicrobial surfaces, functional surfaces, self-assembled nanomaterials, micro- and nano-technologies, nano-biotechnology, thin films and 2D materials, electrochemistry, plasmonics and nanosensors, heterogeneous catalysis, photocatalysis, water splitting, solar cells and energy storage, stem cells and tissue engineering);
  • Computational Chemistry (molecular structure and reactions, biomolecular structure and interactions, mesoporous materials and their applications)

You will be able to pursue an academic career in a university or be employed in senior leadership and management positions in government, scientific and industrial research laboratories.

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Entrance requirements

Applicants for doctor of philosophy programs must have completed one of the following from a recognised higher education institution:

  • a masters by research degree or,
  • a masters by coursework degree which includes research courses or a research project with a duration of at least 25% of a full-time (or equivalent part-time) academic year and an overall distinction average or,
  • a four year bachelor honours degree (with a minimum H2A achieved across the four years) or,
  • a three year bachelor degree and a one year bachelor honours degree program (with a minimum H2A achieved in the honours year) or
  • another award deemed to be equivalent in character and standard to the above degrees.

Alternatively applicants may:

  • provide evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and experience that satisfies the Dean of the School of Graduate Research or nominee that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the proposed program or,
  • have current candidature for an RMIT master by research program approved for transfer to a doctor of philosophy program through the process prescribed in the RMIT Higher Degree by Research policies and procedures.

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents webpage.

English Language Requirements

A minimum IELTS (academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents webpage.

Selection Tasks

These entrance requirements are the minimum academic standard you must meet in order to be eligible to apply for the program. You will need to complete a selection task as part of your application. For further information on the steps you need to take to apply for a research program see the How to apply – Research programs webpage.

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