Doctor of Philosophy (Mechanical Engineering)
- Local students
- International students
- Program code: DR099
MR035, Master of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) by Research
- Campus: Bundoora campus
Our mechanical engineering research program at both the Master and Doctoral level are aligned with these main discipline areas:
- 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
- sports engineering
- dynamics and control
- noise vibration harshness.
Each of these areas has a particular focus on the automotive and biomedical (including sports equipment) industries.
4 years full-time
This duration incorporates the Master: 2 years full-time.
Learning and teaching
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.
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.
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
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.
Aerospace, Mech & Manuf Eng
Dr Xu Wang
School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Tel. +61 3 9925 6028
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.