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RMIT University

  • 45% international / 55% domestic

PhD (Aerospace Engineering)

  • Doctorate (PhD)

Use your advanced research skills to further the growth of aerospace engineering.

Key details

Degree Type
Doctorate (PhD)
4 - 8 years full-time
Course Code
DR215, 079831G
Study Mode
In person
International Fees
$36,480 per year / $145,920 total

About this course

Use your advanced research skills to further the growth of aerospace engineering.

You will join an active research community and work with academics, peers and partner organisations who have demonstrated research success in a range of specialities, including:

  • advanced materials
  • aerodynamics
  • aerospace vehicle design
  • air traffic management systems
  • airframe systems
  • airworthiness
  • aviation human factors engineering
  • aviation logistics
  • aviation technology
  • avionic systems
  • ergonomics aviation logistics
  • maintenance and operations
  • multi-modal transportation engineering
  • propulsion
  • stability and control
  • structures
  • sustainable aviation technologies
  • systems engineering
  • unmanned aerial vehicles.

RMIT researchers deliver high-impact and influential outcomes. Success is demonstrated through excellent performance in university rankings, with a ranking as well above world standard in the Australian Research Council Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 round.

RMIT is also ranked in the top 100 universities in the fields of aerospace and mechanical engineering in the 2014 QS World University rankings.

RMIT researchers contribute to RMIT's flagship aerospace research centre, the Sir Lawrence Wackett Aerospace Centre.

Additionally, there are active collaborations with other national and international institutes, centres, groups and partners, including:

  • Advanced Manufacturing CRC
  • Centre for Additive Manufacturing
  • Centre for Innovative Structures and Materials (CISM)
  • CRC for Advanced Automotive Technologies
  • CRC for Advanced Composite Structures
  • Defence Materials Technology Centre

Research is supported by excellent facilities and infrastructure, including:

  • A fleet of fully operational aircrafts
  • Advanced Manufacturing Precinct
  • Composites and advanced materials testing laboratories
  • Computer laboratories with relevant and updated software
  • Engine testing facilities
  • Flight simulators
  • Green Engines Research Laboratory
  • Industrial research wind tunnels
  • Simulated aircraft maintenance laboratory

Throughout your candidature, you will be supported through:

  • An expert supervisor who will help you develop the required leadership, analytical and problem-solving qualities required to work at a world-leading level.
  • participation in high-quality professional development programs delivered by RMIT's School of Graduate Research
  • access to RMIT's extensive facilities, laboratories and equipment and those of our partners.

As an aerospace engineering research candidate, you have the flexibility to pursue an individual topic, or contribute to one of our existing projects.

Aerospace engineering candidates may be eligible for a range of scholarships including:

  • the Australian government
  • RMIT
  • industry sponsors

Entry requirements

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.

If you are a current master by research candidate, you are able to apply for a transfer to a doctor of philosophy program through the process prescribed in the RMIT Higher Degree by Research policy and processes.

Study locations


Melbourne City

Career pathways

You will be able to pursue an academic career in a university or be employed in senior leadership and management positions in government, scientific and industrial research laboratories.