DR234 - PhD (Laboratory and Clinical Science)

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Plan: DR234 - Doctor of Philosophy
Campus: Bundoora 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: Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/health-and-biomedical-sciences/
ASCED code: 010999
CRICOS code: 085837G

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Purpose of the Program

The Doctor of Philosophy (Laboratory and Clinical Science) develops advanced research skills that will prepare you for a career in academia and other settings in which systematic and critical analytical skills are required. Upon completion you will be able to contribute to the generation of new knowledge vital to the growth and development of Laboratory and Clinical Health Science. Graduates will be capable of undertaking laboratory and/or clinical research in relevant fields to an international standard.  

 Individually supervised research programs are available in areas of research that relate broadly to the ageing population and chronic diseases in both basic and clinical studies in Bundoora Campus.

 Laboratory Science Research

The School of Health Sciences has five research laboratories equipped with state of the art technology to conduct basic research in, these are located in the research areas of:

  • Chinese Medicine research
  • Lipid Biology and Metabolic disease
  • Neurotherapeutics research
  • Perinatal Programming research
  • Sensory Systems and Behavioural Neuroscience 

Clinical Health Science Research

The School of Health Sciences already has a well-established Clinic Centre in the Bundoora Campus for clinical training and research. Recently, the School of Health Sciences has established a Health Sciences Research Hub with world-class facilities that integrate both laboratory and clinical research in the areas of ageing and chronic diseases. The clinical health research conducted at the School of Health Sciences is ranked at the top level of Australia.

Integration of laboratory science and clinical health research

The School of Health Sciences research vision is to deliver outcome to improve the public health by translational research. The establishment of this new program is aligned with our research priorities and strength.  Several of senior staff at the level D and E are experienced supervisors in both laboratory and clinical research.  This Program will provide quality training for PhD with research skills in molecular biology, cell culture, pre-clinical animal studies, drug screening, drug target identification, molecular pharmacology, biochemical assays, RT-PCR, western blotting, histology, drug quality control, clinical trial design and implementation.

 The Doctor of Philosophy (Laboratory and Clinical Science) may be undertaken by a project, thesis-by-publication or thesis mode. Prospective candidates should discuss these modes of submission with their potential supervisors prior to application.

 Upon graduation with a Doctor of Philosophy (Laboratory and Clinical Science) from RMIT University you will have developed:

  • high level skills in research processes, including the ability to independently design a research project, conduct experiments and analyse data from a research project;
  • advanced skills in the analysis and synthesis of knowledge related to specific disciplines; 
  • high level research skills in a variety of areas
  • advanced skills in written and oral communication of laboratory research and clinical research;
  • high level understanding of the components involved in successful translational research.

 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 web page.

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. See the Postgraduate Research Admission Application Form for more details.

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