PhD in Built Environment

RMIT University

Program Description

PhD in Built Environment

RMIT University

PhD in Built Environment

Through advanced coursework and research in the Doctor of Philosophy in the Built Environment, you will develop sophisticated research, technical and critical analytical skills to prepare you for a career as an academic or as a leading practitioner in industry.

Individually supervised research programs are available in project management, construction, property, planning and building science.

Upon graduation of this program you will have developed:

  • high-level skills in research processing including the ability to independently design a research project, to conduct experiments and to analyse data from a research project
  • advanced skills in the analysis and synthesis of knowledge related to specific disciplines
  • high-level communication skills.

You will be equipped to pursue an academic career in a university or to be employed in senior leadership and management positions in government, non-government organisations and corporations.

Learning and teaching

Time spent on research

Full-time candidates are expected to commit at least four days per week (or at least two days per week for part-time candidates) to their research. The academic year is 48 weeks.

Regular contact with your supervisor

A schedule of meetings with your supervisor/s must be established to assess progress against milestones and timely completion.

Resources, facilities and support

You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal. You will be part of an active research community and have access to resources and workshops to help you succeed.

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.

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
Duration & Price
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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