RMIT University

Postgraduate degree by research

Follow these steps to apply for a postgraduate degree by research:

  1. Familiarise yourself with the eligibility criteria and how to apply process
  2. Review potential research scholarships and their closing dates
  3. Determine from the ‘Method of application’ table below how you need to apply
  4. Check and complete the selection tasks (if applicable) by the relevant closing date (local and offshore international only) – these tasks are listed in the program entry requirements
  5. Complete and submit your application.

Method of application

There are two methods to apply pending on your residency type and location of study.

Residency type

Admission application

a) Australian citizens and Permanent Residents

b) New Zealand citizens

c) Holders of permanent refugee and humanitarian visas

d) Internationals applying to study outside Australia (offshore)

2015 Postgraduate Research Admission Application Form (PDF 470KB 7p)

Internationals applying to study in Australia (onshore)

Apply online

Related information

Depending on your circumstances, the following forms and information may also be required to support your application.



Credit transfer and higher education recognition of prior learning application form (PDF 625kb 4p)

All RMIT research candidates must complete a research methods course. You can apply for an exemption if you have completed a research methods course at RMIT or another institute using this form.

Current RMIT students who are seeking credit for previous RMIT studies do not need to submit transcripts or statements of results. If you are seeking credit for study at other institutions, you must supply certified copies of these documents with your application.

Disability or Long-Term Medical Condition Supporting Documentation Form SGR (PDF 43kb 1p)

Complete and submit this form with your application if you wish to be considered for a Postgraduate Research Equity Place under the designated equity group of Disability or Long-term Medical Condition.

Alternatively, provide a certified copy of a medical or psychological report from your health care provider.

Application closing dates

Applications for 2015 postgraduate scholarships are now closed.

Local and international off-shore applicants

  • Semester 1 and 2: From 1 September until 5 pm (AEST) 31 March of each year for admissions to the upcoming academic year
  • Semester 2: applications will be accepted until 5 pm (AEST) 31 August of the year you wish to commence.

All mailed applications must be post marked by the application closing date for the semester you would like to commence.

International on-shore applicants

There are no application deadlines; however, you are encouraged to apply 3-4 months prior to the program commencement date. Offers are subject to availability of places.

Selection process

Scholarship method and ranking

Your application will be ranked based on a model approved by RMIT’s Research Committee.

Admission to candidature

All applications will be assessed against the entry criteria for higher degrees by research. For further details on the entry criteria for the research program you are seeking admission to, please refer to the academic entry requirements web page.

Local and international off-shore applicant seeking admission to candidature only can expect to receive an outcome on their application within 6 weeks of receipt of application from the School of Graduate Research.

Communication of scholarship decision

You will be notified about the outcome of your application via email. Response time will vary depending on your nominated program and school, and the time of year you apply. Please refer to the 2015 Scholarships Timeline (PDF 103KB) for an estimated timeline.

Australian Sanctions Laws – International applicants

RMIT University is subject to Australian sanctions laws that may affect your eligibility to enrol in particular programs. All international applicants from sanctioned countries who have been found eligible for admission into a research program will be assessed against the sanctions legislation to determine whether an application:

  • does not present a significant risk of a breach of sanctions legislation and may be considered for admission
  • clearly presents a significant risk of a breach of sanctions legislation, and that the application must be denied
  • presents a significant risk of a breach of sanctions legislation, but such compelling circumstances exist that the application should be submitted to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for further advice and consideration.

Applicants from sanctioned countries are encouraged to apply early and allow additional time for the review of their application.

For more information about Australian sanctions laws, including how they are implemented and enforced and the countries affected, please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).


Local and off-shore applicants

HDR Admissions Officer
Phone: +61 3 9925 4980

International on-shore applicants

International advisors
Phone: +61 3 8676 7047 or 1800 998 414 (Domestic free call number)