PhD in Statistics and Operations Research
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.
You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
You will undertake the approved research program under the supervision of an appointed research supervisor. Successful completion involves submitting a thesis or project.
For both the Master by research (Statistics and Operations Research) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Statistics and Operations Research), you'll be required to complete the Research Methods course OENG1047, which is delivered face-to-face.
This program will prepare you for an academic career, a research career or an industry-based career in Australia or overseas.
Our statistics and operations research graduates (from both the Master by research and PhD programs) are highly sought after in various state and central government departments, banks and financial sectors and various multinational organisations.
Professional recognition and accreditation
Graduates are eligible for membership of these professional organisations:
- Statistical Society of Australia Inc. (SSAI)
- Australian Society for Operations Research (ASOR)
- American Statistical Association (ASA).
Program entry requirements
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).
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.
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.
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).
Last updated January 6, 2016