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PhD (Biomedical Science)

  • Doctorate (PhD)

Use your advanced research skills to contribute to new developments in health and biomedical sciences.

Key details

Degree Type
Doctorate (PhD)
3 - 4 years full-time, 6 - 8 years part-time
Course Code
DR227, 079689J
Study Mode
In person
International Fees
$33,600 per year / $100,800 total

About this course

Use your advanced research skills to contribute to new developments in health and biomedical sciences.

The School of Health and Biomedical Sciences is committed to an interdisciplinary, collegial approach to scientific investigation.

This approach brings together clinical and basic researchers who explore the boundaries between the disciplines. Findings inform clinical teaching and advance the treatment of patients.

Projects can involve more than 120 researchers including academic staff, postdoctoral fellows, research assistants, support staff, honours and postgraduate students. Research is undertaken at RMIT's Bundoora campus in the purpose-built biosciences facility. The building's shared spaces promote a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to science.

Under expert supervision, you will develop your skills and join researchers already active in:

  • cardiovascular disease, stroke and thrombosis
  • chronic respiratory disease
  • comparative biochemistry
  • endocrinology and metabolic disease (obesity, diabetes and fatty liver disease)
  • gastrointestinal diseases
  • NanoSafe Australia
  • natural products, drug discovery and new therapeutics
  • neuropharmacology and neuroinflammatory diseases
  • nutrition and exercise physiology and biochemistry
  • skin biology and tissue repair.

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.

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