RMIT University

Doctor of Philosophy in Design

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
CRICOS: 00122A

This program is an exploration of new territories of design research, contributions to the knowledge base of the discipline, and work toward the redefinition of aspects of design. It also develops advanced research skills to prepare you for a career in industry, academia and other settings that require systematic and critical analysis.We believe that research is conducted through designing and that utilising this process as a means of increasing knowledge parallels research in fascinating ways. Candidates are supported and engaged in communities of practice that share interests, ideas, discourses and ways of doing things, and explore the boundaries of design thinking.The Doctor of Philosophy may be undertaken in a project, thesis by publication or thesis mode.


You will undertake the PhD program under the supervision of an appointed research supervisor. You are required to complete the online modules: Research integrity, Copyright and intellectual property, Data management and copyright.


  • Design

Standard entry requirements

  • 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
  • Ora 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
  • Orevidence 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.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne City International: $153,600 No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years

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