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PhD (Built Environment)

  • Doctorate (PhD)

Develop sophisticated research, technical and critical analytical skills in the build environment field.

Key details

Degree Type
Doctorate (PhD)
4 - 8 years full-time
Course Code
DR212, 079829B
Study Mode
In person
International Fees
$40,320 per year / $161,280 total

About this course

Through advanced coursework and research in the Doctor of Philosophy in the Built Environment, you will develop sophisticated research, technical and critical analytical skills.

Individually supervised research programs are available in project management, construction, property, planning and building science.

What you will gain through this program.

Upon graduation of this program you will have developed:

  • high-level skills in research processing including the ability to independently design a research project, to conduct experiments and to analyse data from a research project
  • advanced skills in the analysis and synthesis of knowledge related to specific disciplines
  • high-level communication skills.

You will be equipped to pursue an academic career in a university or to be employed in senior leadership and management positions in government, non-government organisations and corporations.

Why study a PhD (Built Environment) at RMIT?

Our graduates have highly developed technical skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes a contribution to knowledge and/or professional practice within government, non-government and corporate environments.

They demonstrate high-level personal autonomy and accountability, as well as creativity and initiative in new situations and for further learning, by planning and executing a substantial piece of research.

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