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PhD (Environmental Engineering)

  • Doctorate (PhD)

Apply your advanced engineering skills to an industry-focused environmental engineering research project.

Key details

Degree Type
Doctorate (PhD)
4 - 8 years full-time
Course Code
DR219, 079818E
Study Mode
In person
International Fees
$36,480 per year / $145,920 total

About this course

Apply your advanced engineering skills to an industry-focused environmental engineering research project.

The School of Engineering's emphasis is on sustainable development and encompasses a broad spectrum of environmental impacts and degradation. Research activity is focused on identifying solutions to existing and emerging problems in these areas. Most of these problems result from human impact and solving them draws on techniques such as life cycle analysis, cleaner production, and eco-efficiency to develop sustainable solutions.

You can select from existing applied research projects that are well supported by industry. These projects will deliver fundamental research leading to innovative new products, processes and knowledge.

You will be closely supervised while you work on a project within one of the following research areas:

  • adaptation to climate change
  • air pollution
  • environmental planning and policy
  • groundwater resource management
  • land contamination and remediation
  • land degradation
  • management of waste
  • sludge management
  • wastewater treatment and recycling
  • water systems engineering and water resources

This PhD may be undertaken in a project, thesis with publication or thesis mode. Prospective candidates should discuss these modes of submission with their potential supervisor/s.

Our primary research activities are conducted within these related research centres:

  • Water: Effective Technologies and Tools (WETT) Research Centre
  • Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Remediation (EnSuRe)

Our research facilities and equipment include:

  • rainwater harvesting system
  • hydraulic devices
  • laboratory and pilot-scale high and low pressure membranes
  • forward osmosis systems
  • elcometer film applicator for membrane production
  • enhanced membrane bioreactors
  • anaerobic digesters
  • greenhouse gas analyser
  • groundwater quality monitoring equipment

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.