DR227 - PhD (Biomedical Science)

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Plan: DR227 - 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: RMIT Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/health-and-biomedical-sciences
ASCED code: 010913
CRICOS code: 079689J

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Purpose of the Program

The Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical 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 Biomedical Science. Graduates are capable of undertaking clinical or experimental research in relevant fields to an international standard. 

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

  • Human Movement: physical activity and disability, motor skill development and control, growth and development, exercise physiology, exercise metabolism, measurement of exercise behaviour
  • Biomedical Science: anatomy, physiology, skin cancer, cell biology, cardiovascular biology, neuroscience, obesity and diabetes, wound repair, cell signalling, immunology, pharmacology, toxicology, biochemistry, molecular biology
  • Medical Laboratory Science: biochemistry, natural products, haematology, molecular biology, immunology, histopathology, pathology, transfusion/transplantation science
  • Pharmacy: pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical sciences, drug delivery

Upon graduation with a Doctor of Philosophy from RMIT University you will have developed:

  • high level skills in research processes, including the ability to independently design a research project, conduct experiments or gather data and analyse data from a research project
  • advanced skills in the analysis and synthesis of knowledge related to specific disciplines, and
  • high level communication skills.

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

This program was discontinued from 2023, with the last intake Semester 2,2022. All students will have the opportunity to complete their program by the end of 2026.

Doctor of Philosophy

The minimum requirements for admission to a PhD program are:

  • a bachelor degree requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant discipline awarded with honours. The degree should include a research component comprised of a thesis, other research projects or research methodology courses that constitute at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent). The applicant must have achieved at least a distinction average in the final year; or
  • a master degree that includes a research component comprised of at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent) with an overall distinction average or a master degree without a research component with at least a high distinction average; or
  • evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and/or experience that satisfies the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training and Development 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.

At RMIT a grade of distinction represents academic achievement of 70% or higher and a high distinction is 80% or higher.

If you are a current master by research candidate, you are able to apply for a transfer to a doctor of philosophy program through the process prescribed in the RMIT Higher Degree by Research policy and processes.

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.

Further information and application process

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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