Sorry, this program is not available for local students.
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Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.
If you hold a different visa type, you may be eligible. Please contact us for more information.
The School of Architecture and Design is widely recognised for innovative leadership and contribution to excellence in design research.
At RMIT we contend that research is conducted through designing and that the process of designing, as a means of increasing knowledge, parallels research in other areas in fascinating ways.
Research candidates are supported and engaged in communities of design practice where learning is fundamentally a social phenomenon; where knowledge
is integrated in the life of these communities that share interests, discourses and ways of doing things.
The Master of Design may be undertaken in a project or thesis mode. This decision is made in consultation with your supervisor.
On completion of this program you will have:
- a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in 1 or more disciplines
- advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning
- cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and its application
- cognitive, technical and creative skills to:
- investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
- generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
- use and evaluate research and research methods.
- communication and technical skills to present coherent and sustained argument and to disseminate research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences
- technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes a contribution to knowledge and/or professional practice.
As a graduate you will demonstrate the application of these knowledge and skills:
- with creativity and initiative to new situations and/or for further learning
- with high-level personal autonomy and accountability
- to plan and execute a substantial piece of research.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
Time spent on research
Full-time candidates are expected to commit at least four days per week (or at least two days per week for part-time candidates) to their research. The academic year is 48 weeks.
Regular contact with your supervisor
Candidates are required to establish a schedule of compulsory regular meetings and milestone reviews with their supervisor/s to assess progress against the research plan and overall progression towards timely completion.
Resources, facilities and support
You will be part of an active research community and be able to access a range of resources and workshops to help you succeed in your research and be part of a wider learning community.
School of Graduate Research
The School of Graduate Research works with Schools to further support candidates during their postgraduate research degree.
More information about training and development for research candidates.
This program will provide you with a foundation for further studies at PhD level and for employment in senior leadership and management research-based positions in a variety of government, non-government and corporate environments.