How to apply

How to prepare your application for a research program at RMIT

Please note:

There will be no RMIT scholarships available through the usual scholarship rounds for new commencing research candidates in 2021.

An update regarding scholarships will be provided by end of June 2021 for candidates intending to commence their research in late 2021 or 2022.

It is recommended that you check the range of scholarships made available through funded projects, which are still available.

Choose your program

RMIT offers both PhDs and Masters by Research degrees across a range of disciplines.

On average, the duration of a PhD is three to four years (or equivalent part time). A masters by research usually takes two years full time (or four years part time). International applicants on a student visa must enrol full time.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for admission to an RMIT University research program, you must:

To be successful you must demonstrate capacity to conduct independent research. Places are also subject to academic supervisor and resource availability, as well as suitability of the proposed research.

A note on sanctioned countries

If you live in a sanctioned country, please apply early to allow for your application to be reviewed with respect to applicable sanctions.

Identify your research project or research area

Applicants have the opportunity to align with a diverse range of exciting research projects or research areas, spanning a variety of critical research areas.

The process allows us to then align the best supervisor with your desired area of interest, which ensures you will be supported by the most appropriate expert in the field.

We offer a diverse range of projects and research areas from each of the RMIT schools and centres. You can browse current offerings to align with here.

When you apply online:

  • to the College od Science, Engineering and Health as well as the College of Business and Law, you register your interest in up to three available projects applicable to the program for which you are applying for admission
  • You must also submit a statement indicating why you are interested in joining the projects you nominate.
  • to the College of Design and Social Context (all social sciences, humanities and creative arts), you select one research area and submit your own research proposal aligned with that research area.

It is important to take note of the College and the program to which you are applying and provide this information accordingly.

Propose your own research topic

Applicants to schools that do not have research projects available must propose their own research topic.

Similarly, applicants who are fully funded through an arrangement with an external sponsor may propose their own research topic.

When you propose your research topic, you must make sure it is aligned with at least one of RMIT’s identified research strengths which are largely defined through the University’s Enabling Capability Platforms.

It is also highly recommended that you review the research strengths in each school.

You should also look at the research interests of the University’s researchers.

When you propose your research topic, you are required to provide a research proposal that outlines the research you expect to undertake as part of your research degree.

Please observe the guidelines that the School of Graduate Research provides when writing your research proposal.

If you important to ensure that your application is submitted to the school where your potential supervisor is located. Further details regarding Research programs is available via Study with us.

Costs and scholarships

See below for the fee structure for your Masters or PhD. We also offer scholarships to support candidates financially while they undertake research projects.

Costs and fees


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