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RMIT University

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PhD (Complementary Medicine)

  • Doctorate (PhD)

Contribute to developments in the allied and complementary health therapy fields by using your advanced research skills.

Key details

Degree Type
Doctorate (PhD)
4 - 8 years full-time
Course Code
DR224, 079728G
Study Mode
In person
International Fees
$30,720 per year / $122,880 total

About this course

Use your advanced research skills to contribute to new developments in allied and complementary health therapies.

Under expert supervision, you will develop your skills and join researchers already active in traditional and complementary medicine. Emphasis will be on research into evidence-based healthcare and clarifying how these therapies may work.

The School of Health and Biomedical Sciences conducts research in the area of ageing and chronic disease, including:

  • metabolic diseases: obesity, type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease
  • respiratory and sleep disorders
  • neurodegenerative and musculoskeletal diseases and pain management
  • drug discovery from traditional medicine
  • physical therapies
  • public health and health service research.

Research is undertaken in a strongly multi-disciplinary environment that brings clinical and basic researchers together to undertake novel research at the boundaries between disciplines.

In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia assessment, complementary and alternative medicine at RMIT was ranked as world class.

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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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.