PhD in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

RMIT University

Program Description

PhD in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

RMIT University

PhD in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Use your advanced engineering skills to contribute to our applied industry focused mechanical and manufacturing research projects.

Our experienced engineering researchers have achieved significant successes across application areas and industry sectors.

Through collaboration with our own institutes and centres we produce creative solutions to existing and emerging industry-applicable engineering problems.

Our research is supported by state of the art facilities, including the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct.

We have experienced supervisors and extensive and advanced research facilities to support your individual research project in the following areas:

Mechanical Engineering:

  • virtual engineering and design
  • industrial and vehicle
  • aerodynamics
  • conservation and renewable energy (CARE)
  • computational engineering (including CAD, FEA, CFD)
  • applied heat and mass transfer
  • vehicle design and crashworthiness
  • engine and supercharger technologies
  • combustion and fuels
  • alternative energy technologies (e.g. solar cells),
  • sports engineering
  • dynamics and control and noise vibration harshness.

Manufacturing Engineering:

  • computer-integrated manufacturing
  • design for manufacturing
  • forming and machining technology
  • high-speed automation
  • robotics, laser technology
  • additive manufacturing
  • polymeric and composite product development
  • operations
  • quality management in manufacturing.

This PhD may be undertaken in a project, thesis by publication or thesis mode. Prospective candidates should discuss these modes of submission with their potential supervisor/s prior to application.

Program structure

You will undertake the PhD program under the supervision of an appointed research supervisor.

The PhD program is structured to enable you to:

  • Complete a compulsory research methods course
  • Receive training in research integrity and ethics
  • Select studies in qualitative and quantitative research techniques
  • Complete a thesis/project which demonstrates your original contribution to the field and your ability to communicate complex or original research for peers and the community to an international standard

You are required to complete:

  • Research integrity online modules:
    • Research integrity
    • Copyright and intellectual property

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.

A selection process will be conducted in conjunction with the School and supervisors you nominate.

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
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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