PhD in Social Science

RMIT University

Program Description

PhD in Social Science

RMIT University

PhD in Social Science

Develop and extend your expertise, widen your networks, enhance your career prospects and produce socially useful research.

Research degrees are an opportunity for independent study on a thesis based on original research that contributes to knowledge in that field.

The topic is developed and research conducted in consultation with 2 supervisors. Relevant research areas include:

  • global studies - including international development, international relations, globalisation and cultural studies
  • applied social science - including social and political theory, social policy, evaluation theory and practice, social and cultural history, social work and youth work theory and practice, criminology, and community development
  • environment and planning - including urban and environmental policy and planning, and housing.

Program structure

The course begins with a 1-semester Research Strategies course, during which you'll develop and refine your research proposal and improve your knowledge of relevant research approaches.

In this first year, you'll also attend a candidature confirmation seminar. Similarly, you'll attend a completion seminar before the completion of your thesis.

The rest of the candidature is devoted to independent research under expert supervision.

Students whose first language is not English can join a professional English support class at no extra cost.

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 1 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
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4 years
Full time
20,160 AUD
Start date July 2017
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
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End date June 30, 2017
Duration 4 years
Price 20,160 AUD
Start date Feb. 2017
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
Application deadline Request Info
End date Dec. 22, 2017
Duration 4 years
Price 20,160 AUD