Resourcing and support

The School of Engineering at RMIT is dedicated to supporting higher degrees by research (HDR) students through a variety of generous support schemes.


Candidates have access to world-class research facilities such as the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct and the Micro Nano Research Facility. Well-equipped laboratories support research in aerospace, automotive, biomedical, civil, chemical, environmental, mechanical, mechatronics, materials, manufacturing, electrical, electronic and telecommunications engineering.


At enrolment, each candidate is provided with a laptop for their sole use. There is then the opportunity to access a range of bookable work spaces and lockers across School locations at the City and Bundoora campuses.

In their third year and fourth years, candidates are eligible for a desk for their individual use.

Top up scholarships and additional funding

The School provides top-up scholarships of $5000 per annum to all centrally-awarded scholarship recipients.

Each candidate also receives $1000 per year (accruable for three years) for travel and research consumables, however travel is not allowable in the first year.


The School also offers the following annual prizes:

  • Best PhD thesis – Awarded to the best PhD thesis based on examiners reports and the number of Scopus-indexed publications
  • Best Masters thesis – Awarded to the best Masters thesis based on examiners reports
  • Publication prize – Awarded to a HDR student based on the quantity and quality of publications and the number of Scopus-indexed publications
  • Impact prize – Awarded to a HDR student whose research has achieved considerable impact outside the academic community (based on industry engagements, commercialisation, patents, media coverage, external awards)

Further information

If you have an inquiry about studying a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) in our School, please see HDR contacts for contact information.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer