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RMIT University

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Master of Design

  • Masters (Coursework)

Research and explore the boundaries of design thinking with an internationally recognised leader of design education and practice.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Course Code
MR235, 099062A
Study Mode
In person
International Fees
$35,520 per year / $71,040 total

About this course

The RMIT School of Design is a recognised as an international leader in education, research and practice. It is industry connected, socially grounded, and focused on the future practices of design.

At RMIT we contend that research is conducted through designing as a means of increasing knowledge, and that this process parallels research in other areas in fascinating ways.

Research candidates are supported and engaged in communities of design practice that share interests, discourses, and ways of doing things.

Upon completion of this program, you will have:

  • knowledge and understanding of one or more disciplines
  • advanced knowledge of research methods relevant to your field
  • theoretical knowledge and ability to reflect on critical theory
  • cognitive, technical and creative skills to:
    • investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems and theories
    • apply established theories to different practice or bodies of knowledge
    • generate and evaluate ideas and concepts
    • use and evaluate research and research methods
    • present coherent and sustained arguments, disseminating research results to different audiences
    • design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that contributes to knowledge and practice.

As a graduate, you will be able to demonstrate your knowledge and skills:

  • with creativity and initiative in new situations
  • with high-level autonomy and accountability
  • to plan and complete substantial research.

The Master of Design may be undertaken in a project or thesis mode, a decision made in consultation with your supervisor.

Entry requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to a master by research 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 credit average in the final year; 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 credit represents academic achievement of 60% or higher.

Study locations

Melbourne City

Career pathways

Completion of the Master of Design will provide you with a foundation for study at PhD level. It will also enable you to pursue employment in senior leadership positions, or research-based roles within government, non-government and corporate sectors.