PhD in Education

RMIT University

Program Description

PhD in Education

RMIT University

PhD in Education

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education at RMIT is a nationally and internationally recognised degree that cultivates high-level skills in research processes, advanced communication skills, analysis and synthesis of knowledge in your chosen field of education.

You'll create a thesis or research project that makes a substantial and original contribution to an existing body of knowledge.

Upon graduation of this doctorate degree you will have developed the skills required to conduct independent research and will have contributed to the knowledge base of research in your chosen field by undertaking an original, substantial and rigorous research project.

Individually supervised research programs are available in:

  • primary education
  • secondary education
  • early childhood education
  • information and communication technology (ICT) and educational curriculum
  • higher education
  • discipline specific-areas – literacy, numeracy, science, arts and creative arts, social science, curriculum design and sustainability.

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 7.0 with no individual band below 6.5
  • TOEFL (Paper Based) minimum score of 600 (with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT) minimum overall score of 100 with a minimum of 24 in writing and 22 in all other sections
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) minimum score of 65 no band less than 58, or
  • Cambridge English(Advanced CAE): CAE Grade B (no band less than Good).
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Jan. 2017
4 years
Full time
Start date Jan. 2017
Australia Victoria
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