Doctor of Philosophy (Logistics)


  • Program code: DR079
  • MR079, Master of Business (Logistics) by Research

  • Campus: City campus

Please note: this program is no longer offered to commencing students; it has been replaced with DR202 PhD (Supply Chain and Logistics).

In the logistics PhD and Master by research programs you'll take on independent research in your area of interest, develop concepts and test your theories.

You can specialise in areas like:

  • complexity and supply chain risk
  • e-supply chain solution and collaboration
  • freight logistics and warehousing
  • global supply chain design and optimisation
  • lean logistics
  • lean Six Sigma and quality management
  • port management and maritime logistics
  • retail logistics and supply chain simulation
  • reverse logistics and green supply chain
  • strategic procurement and low-cost country sourcing
  • tourism and humanitarian logistics
  • transport planning and spatial modelling.

During the Master of Business program you must develop a thorough understanding of your specialisation and deliver a significant contribution of knowledge to the field.

The Doctor of Philosophy requires you to complete a more substantial and rigorous thesis.


PhD: 4 years full-time or 8 years part-time

This duration incorporates the Master: 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time.

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

RMIT's new Swanston Academic Building (SAB) is the base for your business research career.

This exciting building features:

  • wireless connection to printers, the web and specialist learning resources
  • the School of Graduate Research office
  • 5 Star Green Star Rating/Australian Excellence in sustainable design.

If you don't own a computer then talk to us about great discounts or our laptop scholarship program.

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.

You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.

You will undertake the approved research program under the supervision of an appointed research supervisor. Successful completion involves submitting a thesis or project.

Program structure

Unless you have an exemption you must complete the Research Methods course. This is usually done in your first semester to assist you in preparing your research proposal for confirmation of candidature.

Currently no program handbook (program guide) is available online. Please contact the school listed under "Owning school" below.

Industry connections

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.


Graduates are employed in academia, government, business, industry and non-government organisations.

As a researcher, your original research and publication can make a real difference to society.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

If you satisfy the following requirements you will be eligible for selection; however, there is no guarantee that you will be selected as demand for the program varies each intake.

Program entry requirements

A qualification in a related discipline equivalent to one of the following:

  • Bachelor degree with first or upper second class Honours
  • Master degree by research
  • Master degree by coursework that includes a research component of at least 1 semester in duration graded as Distinction or above
  • Such other qualifications or experience as considered to be appropriate or Masters coursework.



Selection tasks

You must include a research proposal of between 1 and 5 pages with your application.

Generally, a research proposal consists of:

  • a title/topic
  • research questions to be investigated in the context of existing research/literature in the area
  • methodology/research tasks required to undertake the research
  • particular needs (e.g. resources, facilities or equipment that is necessary for your proposed research program, if applicable).

Some programs require more lengthy proposals with additional elements.

How to apply

1. Find a supervisor.

2. Check program entry requirements and confirm you're eligible.

3. Check and complete the selection tasks (if applicable) by the relevant closing date - these tasks are listed in the program entry requirements.

4. Check the application method and application closing dates.

5. Complete and submit your application.

6. Your application will then go through the research selection process.


Tuition fees vary according to each program and are adjusted annually.

Fee assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen you may be eligible for a Research Training Scheme (RTS) place where your full tuition costs are funded by the Commonwealth Government.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT research scholarships.

Other fees

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF). You may be able to defer the fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.


Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

Owning school

Business IT and Logistics

Contact details

Info Corner
330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260
Make an enquiry


Business Research Office
Tel. +61 3 9925 1408


Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.