Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture and Design)
- Local students
- International students
- Program code: DR067
- CRICOS code: 065749F
- Campus: City campus
RMIT's architecture and design programs are widely recognised for innovative leadership and contribution to excellence in design research. We contend that design is inherently a way to research and increase knowledge.
Knowledge is inseparable from practice. It's not possible to know without doing. In this program, you'll be immersed in disciplines like architecture, fashion, interior design, industrial design and landscape architecture.
We consider that reflective practice and forming communities of practice are integral to design research.
You will be supported within, and engaged by, communities of practice asserting that learning is fundamentally a social phenomenon.
Knowledge-sharing is integrated to the life of these communities - through the exchange of interests, ideas, discourses and ways of doing things.
4 years full-time or 8 years part-time
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
Learning and teaching
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.
You can do your PhD in project or thesis mode.
The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Program entry requirements
One of the following:
- Successful completion of an Australian Masters by Research degree or equivalent.
- Successful completion of an Australian Masters by Coursework degree or equivalent WITH a research component graded as a distinction (GPA of 3.00 out of 4.00).
- Successful completion of an Australian Bachelor (Honours) degree graded as first or second class (over 70% or GPA of 3.00 out of 4.00).
Entry into a Research program at RMIT is not based solely on academic achievement and applicants must meet the following minimum academic requirements to be considered for candidature.
All research programs require you to:
- Submit a research proposal outlining:
- area of research to be undertaken
- research methodology
- literature review
- expected outcome/s of research.
- Identify a suitable RMIT academic supervisor. Research candidatures are subject to the availability of an academic supervisor and suitability of research.
- Submit a folio or additional information if you are applying for a studio based research program within the art, architecture or design related disciplines on request.
English language requirements:
To undertake most research programs at RMIT, you must have achieved one of the following English proficiency test results within the last 2 years:
- Academic IELTS (minimum score) overall band of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0
- TOEFL (Paper-based): minimum score of 580 (with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet-based): minimum score of 92 with a minimum of 20 in each section
- Cambridge English (Advanced CAE): CAE Grade B (no band less than Good)
- Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): minimum score of 58 (no band less than 50).
How to apply
2. Check program entry requirements and confirm you're eligible.
3. Ensure you have your supporting documents ready - this includes certified copies of all academic transcripts.
4. Complete and submit your application using one of the following options:
- Apply online. Please read these important notes before proceeding.
- Print and complete the Application form for international students (PDF 316 KB 4p) and submit following the instructions in the form.
- Use a registered RMIT representative in your country.
There are no application deadlines for international students; however, we do encourage you to apply early as acceptance into programs is subject to the availability of places. An application fee may apply.
Learn more about the International application process.
- In addition to tuition fees you are also required to pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- All international student visa holders are required to maintain valid Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
- Here is an estimate cost of living you can expect to pay each year.
Architecture & Design
For further information about this program, please make an enquiry.
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.