The School of Architecture and Urban Design is widely recognised for innovative leadership and contribution to excellence in design research.

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Practice Research Symposium (PRS) Series

The PRS lies at the heart of a longstanding HDR program that examines what designers actually do when they design, and seeks to develop new and innovative approaches to creative practice.

Postgraduate research

RMIT's School of Architecture and Urban Design offers two postgraduate research programs.

Research in these programs can be undertaken by thesis or by project.

Application information for research programs

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Please refer to the Guidelines for prospective HDR applicants (PDF 113KB) for comprehensive information about the program, the expression of interest process, the pre-application interview and application process. 

2020 project guides

Before applying for a postgraduate research degree, you must select a project from the Find a HDR Project page below.

Find a HDR Project

  • Find a researcher at RMIT to discuss your proposed enrolment and interests. Refer to the staff research profiles for prospective academic supervisors.
  • Contact the Postgraduate Research Coordinator in the discipline area or program area you are considering.
  • Include a research proposal and/or folio with your application.
  • Submit an Expression of Interest through the RMIT University Application Service for Higher Degree by Research
  • Search a comprehensive list of research projects available to students wishing to apply for a Higher Degree by Research

Contact us

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Find supervisors and explore projects

With a broad scope of exciting projects, we can help you identify and secure the project that best aligns with your experience, needs and vision.


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