Doctor of Philosophy (Civil Engineering)
- Local students
- International students
- Program code: DR092
MR029, Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering) by Research
- Campus: City campus
Please note: this program is no longer offered to commencing students; it has been replaced with DR218 PhD (Civil Engineering).
To achieve a PhD you'll work intensively on a research project to derive a solution for a major problem in civil engineering. Research areas include:
- structural engineering
- computational mechanics
- structural optimisation
- construction materials
- high-strength and high-performance concrete
- geotechnical engineering
- construction management
- infrastructure maintenance and management
- water systems engineering and water resources
- transport engineering.
Candidates are closely supervised while developing their idea into a fully scoped proposal to be reviewed and approved by the School.
4 years full-time
This duration incorporates the Master: 2 years full-time.
Learning and teaching
You'll develop skills in:
- conducting independent research including literature reviews
- planning and conducting laboratory-based experiments
- developing mathematical models to simulate a civil engineering system.
Regular and frequent meetings with your supervisor will guide you in these activities.
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.
You'll undertake a research project and submit the outcomes as a thesis for examination. You must also complete a Research Methods course at the start of the program.
The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Graduates work in senior positions in academia, research organisations and industry.
You may have the opportunity to visit an overseas research group or laboratory for a short term. RMIT will support you in presenting your work at international conferences.
You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.
If you satisfy the following requirements you will be eligible for selection; however, there is no guarantee that you will be selected as demand for the program varies each intake.
Program entry requirements
A recognised degree in civil engineering, with excellent results.
All Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) applicants must have at least one of the following:
- Bachelor degree with first or upper second class Honours
- Master degree by research
- Master degree by coursework that includes a research component of at least 1 semester in duration graded as Distinction or above
- Such other qualifications or experience as considered to be appropriate or Masters coursework.
You must include a research proposal of between 1 and 5 pages with your application.
Generally, a research proposal consists of:
- a title/topic
- research questions to be investigated in the context of existing research/literature in the area
- methodology/research tasks required to undertake the research
- particular needs (e.g. resources, facilities or equipment that is necessary for your proposed research program, if applicable).
Some programs require more lengthy proposals with additional elements.
How to apply
2. Check program entry requirements and confirm you're eligible.
3. Check and complete the selection tasks (if applicable) by the relevant closing date - these tasks are listed in the program entry requirements.
4. Check the application method and application closing dates.
5. Complete and submit your application.
6. Your application will then go through the research selection process.
Tuition fees vary according to each program and are adjusted annually.
If you are an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen you may be eligible for a Research Training Scheme (RTS) place where your full tuition costs are funded by the Commonwealth Government.
RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT research scholarships.
There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.
You may be eligible to apply for a PhD program on completion of the research program.
Civil, Environ & Chemical Eng
Professor Mike Xie
School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering
Tel. +61 3 9925 3655
Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.