The School of Education offers a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) and a Master degree by research.
Postgraduate research programs
Find out about the research program structures, entrance requirements and other application information:
When applying for a research degree there are many things to consider such as the area of research you wish to pursue, entrance requirements and preparing your research proposal.
Contact the School of Education's Higher Degrees Research Administrator, Ms Louise Prentice, who will advise on the application process and the process for finding potential supervisors in your field of study and their areas of expertise. Please note that all interested applicants will be assessed against minimum entry requirements PRIOR to potential supervisors being identified. Once the requirements are met, potential supervisors will then discuss your research proposal and your application can proceed further.
Submission of the formal application document
There are different application methods depending on whether you are considered a local applicant or an international applicant:
Your research proposal
Your research proposal should address relevant issues such as:
- What is the general area of research you are proposing to pursue?
- In more specific terms, what research questions does this involve investigating?
- What literature are you aware of which has already investigated this research area?
- Does this literature provide you with a theoretical framework, or illustrate gaps that require research?
- What research methods, and what specific research tasks, do you envisage your research will require?
Upgrade from a Masters to a PhD
It is generally only possible to enter directly into the PhD if you have a relevant Masters degree, or an undergraduate degree with first-class or upper second-class Honours.
After one year of full-time study (or part-time equivalent), Masters students are eligible to apply for transfer to a PhD. The decision on an “upgrade” to a PhD is based on progress made in the Masters research.
Once an offer of enrolment has been made, you should complete the enrolment process as instructed in the offer letter.
Once enrolled, in collaboration with the proposed supervisors, you then submit an 'Application for Higher Degree by Research Candidature' to the relevant head of school who will arrange for the application to be considered by the appropriate RMIT boards and/or committees.
Higher Degrees Coordinator: Professor Peter Kelly