Higher degrees by research

  • Ashley Perry: Car Tographies 'Sky'.

    Ashley Perry: Car Tographies - Sky
  • Louise Sawtell: One in a Million Girl.

    Louise Sawtell: One in a Million Girl
  • Ashley Perry: Car Tographies 'Road'.

    Ashley Perry: Car Tographies - Road
  • David Beesley: Head in the clouds slo-mo Phantom.

    David Beasely: Head in the clouds slo-mo Phantom

RMIT’s School of Media and Communication is home to a vibrant group of theorists, thinkers and practitioners. The centres, groups and labs bring together a variety of expertise across digital media, creative writing, screen, games and new media practice and theory. The school is home to internationally recognised researchers providing scholarly leadership and a strong and supportive environment for early career researchers who are involved in a diverse number of projects funded by the Australian Research Council, philanthropic and commercial bodies.

Program information

HDR candidates undertake their research through a variety of approaches including creative practice, practice-based research as well as archival, field-based and text-based methodologies.

The finished form of the research in all Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) programs may be either a thesis or by project combined with an exegesis.

Research can be undertaken by thesis or as a project with a written exegetical component. The following research degrees are offered:


Dr Adrian Danks – Program Director

Administrative enquiries: mediacommhdr@rmit.edu.au

Applying for a research degree

Applicants are required to enrol with a research proposal that aligns with school research strengths and the expertise of a primary and secondary supervisor located in the school.

Before submitting your application, make direct contact with two potential supervisors to discuss your proposal to ensure a fit with their expertise, interests and availability.

Application and enrolment process in the School of Media and Communication

Graduate Research Conference

Twice a year research candidates participate in a Graduate Research Conference (GRC) where they are given the opportunity to present work in progress and receive helpful feedback from peers and colleagues.


Forms for Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) candidates

HDR forms:

  • Application
  • Enrolment
  • Changes during candidature
  • Progress during candidature
  • Submission and examination
  • Supervisor registration