MR056 - Master of Design

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Plan: MR056 - Master of Design
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Entrance requirements

Program details

Award title: Master of Design
Award abbreviation: MDes
Career: RSCH
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Architecture & Design (320H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 040199
CRICOS code: 074354F

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Purpose of the Program

The Master of Design by research provides the framework, the focus and the discipline necessary for participants to undertake design research and develop mastery in their chosen field. Research is conducted through designing and the process of designing as a means of increasing mastery. 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, discourses and ways of doing things.


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Entrance requirements

Applicants for admission to the Master of Design 

are required to have:

  • a first degree in a relevant discipline from RMIT; 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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