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The minimum requirements for admission to a PhD program are:
a bachelor degree requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant discipline awarded with honours. The degree should include a research component comprised of a thesis, other research projects or research methodology courses that constitute at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent). The applicant must have achieved at least a distinction average in the final year; or
a master degree that includes a research component comprised of at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent) with an overall distinction average or a master degree without a research component with at least a high distinction average; or
evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and/or experience that satisfies the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training and Development or nominee that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the proposed program.
At RMIT a grade of distinction represents academic achievement of 70% or higher and a high distinction is 80% or higher.
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The following are minimum entry requirements and do not guarantee entry:
In order to be considered for entry, you must have completed:
a four-year bachelor degree in a relevant discipline which includes a substantial research component equivalent to at least 25% of one year of full-time study and have achieved a minimum weighted average of 75% (80% for Economics) in the final year subjects or (University of Melbourne) equivalent, or
a masters degree in a relevant discipline which includes a substantial research component equivalent to at least 25% of one year of full-time study and achieved a minimum weighted average of 75% or (University of Melbourne) equivalent, or
a qualification and professional experience considered to be equivalent.
a research proposal (except for applicants in the disciplines of Accounting, Economics, Finance, the Melbourne Institute);
a personal statement outlining why they wish to be considered for the course;
referee reports (except for applicants who have graduated from the University of Melbourne within the last 5 years); and
the endorsement of a prospective supervisor (only required for applicants in Actuarial Studies).
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
In selecting applicants, the selection committee will consider applicants:
prior academic performance, and if relevant, professional qualifications;
understanding of the research question to be explored;
the results of a Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) completed within the last 5 years;
performance at an interview;
motivation and capacity to complete the course in a timely manner;
relevant prior research and/or professional experience; and
the referee reports.
The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
You are required to satisfy the University's English language requirements for graduate courses. The minimum English language requirements for this course are: Band 7
Core participation requirements
All PhD candidates are required to complete the equivalent of at least 12 months full-time (24 months part-time) advanced study and research in the University unless studying at an outside institution approved by the Research Higher Degrees Committee (RHDC). The RHDC will not approve entirely distance supervision or entirely on-line supervision for research higher degree students.
Throughout your candidature you are expected to attend the University in order to benefit from planning, conducting and writing up your research within a University community and environment.
The residency requirement is deemed especially important during the period of probationary candidature. During probationary candidature you are expected to interact on a regular basis with the supervisor, the department (including staff and other research students) and the University, so as:
to build the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out the proposed research program
to acquire an understanding of the standards and requirements for a PhD awarded by the University
to make use of support programs and facilities provided by the University throughout candidature.
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