PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering

RMIT University

Program Description

PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering

RMIT University

PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering

With 7 major research groups and a range of specialisations in RMIT's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, you can make a significant and original research contribution in:

  • Biomedical Electronics
  • Engineering Education
  • Industrial Automation and Control Systems
  • Information and Signal Processing
  • Micro/Nano Electronics and Sensors Technology
  • Microplatforms
  • RF and Antennas.

Within these research groups, you can specialise in:

  • biomedical signal measurements and processing
  • biomolecular electronics
  • intelligent control systems
  • power electronics
  • video/image/speech/audio signal processing
  • micro-nanotechnology
  • lab-on-a-chip technology
  • photonic devices and systems
  • integrated optics
  • chemical/physical/biosensors
  • RF circuits and devices
  • planar antennas
  • telecommunications networks.

You'll do original research leading to the development of a thesis.

Program structure

It's compulsory that all RMIT higher degree by research students do a Research Methods course. You can apply for an exemption if you've completed a Research Methods course at RMIT or another institute.


As a PhD graduate, you'll be prepared for:

  • an academic career
  • a research career in a national or international research institution
  • a career in research and development in multinational companies - in Australia and internationally.

You may also be highly sought after in worldwide industries like:

  • power and energy
  • industrial control
  • communication
  • biomedical electronics
  • microelectronics.

Program entry requirements

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.


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).

Alternate entry:

Applicants who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements, but can demonstrate extensive knowledge and appropriate research experience in the field of study may be considered for entry if they can supply evidence of their knowledge, experience and ability to undertake the program. Examples of such evidence can include previous academic standing, peer and non-peer reviewed quality research publications and exhibitions, professional esteem, or significant relevant industry and professional experience.

Selection tasks

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).
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 6, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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July 2017
Feb. 2017
4 years
Full time
29,760 AUD
Start date July 2017
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
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End date June 30, 2017
Duration 4 years
Price 29,760 AUD
Start date Feb. 2017
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
Application deadline Request Info
End date Dec. 22, 2017
Duration 4 years
Price 29,760 AUD