PhD in Applied Physics

RMIT University

Program Description

PhD in Applied Physics

RMIT University

PhD in Applied Physics

Use your advanced research skills to contribute to new developments in applied physics.

We have wide-ranging applied physics expertise to offer you opportunities to develop specialist knowledge and honed research skills in your chosen area.

Under expert supervision, you will develop your skills and join researchers already active in:

  • computational modeling of matter
  • radiation and medical physics
  • functional coatings
  • advanced characterisation techniques
  • nanomaterials and nanofluidics
  • quantum information and quantum optics
  • supercondictivity
  • condensed matter
  • soft matter
  • biophysics and biological physics
  • molecular transport in biological membranes
  • industrial and building acoustics
  • applied geophysics.

This PhD may be undertaken in a project, thesis by publication or thesis mode. Prospective candidates should discuss these modes of submission with their potential supervisor/s prior to application.

Program structure

You will undertake the PhD program under the supervision of an appointed research supervisor.

The PhD program is structured to enable you to:

  • Complete a compulsory research methods course
  • Receive training in research integrity and ethics
  • Select studies in qualitative and quantitative research techniques
  • Complete a thesis/project which demonstrates your original contribution to the field and your ability to communicate complex or original research for peers and the community to an international standard.

Entry requirements

As an applicant for the Doctor of Philosophy you must have:

  • a degree of Masters by Research from RMIT; or
  • a degree of Masters by Coursework from RMIT which includes a research program with a duration of at least one semester full-time (or part-time equivalent); or
  • a degree of Bachelor from RMIT with a minimum upper second honours; or
  • another award as deemed equivalent; or
  • such qualifications or experience as RMIT considers appropriate; or
  • current candidature for an RMIT Masters program approved for transfer to the Doctor of Philosophy program.

Selection tasks

These entrance requirements are the minimum academic standard you must meet in order to be eligible to apply for the program. You will need to complete a selection task as part of your application.

A selection process will be conducted in conjunction with the School and supervisors you nominate.

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).
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 6, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Jan. 2017
4 years
Full time
Start date Jan. 2017
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
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