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RMIT University

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PhD (Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering)

  • Doctorate (PhD)

Use your advanced research skills to further the growth and development of mechanical and manufacturing engineering.

Key details

Degree Type
Doctorate (PhD)
4 - 8 years full-time
Course Code
DR216, 079833F
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 and development of mechanical and manufacturing 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:

  • mechanical engineering:
    • aerodynamics
    • alternative energy technologies (e.g. solar cells)
    • applied heat and mass transfer
    • conservation and renewable energy (CARE)
    • combustion and fuels
    • computational engineering (including CAD, FEA, CFD)
    • dynamics and control and noise vibration harshness engine and supercharger technologies
    • industrial and vehicle
    • sports engineering
    • vehicle design and crashworthiness
    • virtual engineering and design.
  • manufacturing engineering:
    • additive manufacturing
    • computer-integrated manufacturing
    • design for manufacturing
    • forming and machining technology
    • high-speed automation
    • operations
    • polymeric and composite product development
    • quality management in manufacturing
    • robotics, laser technology.

Use your advanced engineering skills to contribute to our applied industry focused mechanical and manufacturing research projects.

RMIT's experienced engineering researchers have achieved significant successes across application areas and industry sectors.

Through collaboration with our own institutes and centres we produce creative solutions to existing and emerging industry-applicable engineering problems.

Research is supported by state of the art facilities, including the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct.

RMIT researchers deliver high-impact and influential outcomes. Success is demonstrated through excellent performance in university rankings, with rankings 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.

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

RMIT research is supported by excellent facilities and infrastructure, including:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Precinct
  • Green Engines Research Laboratory
  • industrial research wind tunnels
  • composites and advanced materials testing laboratories
  • computer laboratories with relevant and updated software

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.

Mechanical and manufacturing 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.

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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.