Higher Degree Research

The Lab is home to a lively group of more than 60 PhD, Masters and Honours candidates in creative writing, design, media, literary studies and allied fields. Alongside our creative project and thesis-based candidates, we have an invitation program for PhDs by creative practice through the PRS Australia (based in Melbourne) and the PRS Asia (based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam).

Examples of the research undertaken by recent alumni and current students include:

Alvin Pang (PhD completed in 2020)

Alvin Pang, a Singaporean poet, writer, editor and scholar with over two decades of international creative practice experience, has been published in more than twenty languages worldwide. In his 2020 PhD, conducted through the PRS Asia program, he explored the possibilities of literary practice conducted across multiple languages, genres, careers and communities.  


Tresa LeClerc (PhD completed in 2018)

Tresa’s practice-based study explores the ethics of writing other people’s stories in fiction. It focused on the creation of a novel manuscript, and examined stories written about refugees when the writer is from a different background to the characters. It argued that increased consultation with people from the backgrounds represented in the novel produces a different kind of manuscript to the one a writer might produce without this interaction.


Mandy Beaumont (current PhD candidate)

My research creatively and critically engages with Simone de Beauvoir’s existential philosophy, her feminist thought and her theory of the novel — fiction as a valid and innovative method for exploring philosophical thought; one not inferior to other forms, and in which “living discovery” (Beauvoir 269) occurs for both the writer and the reader.


Nicola Redhouse (current PhD candidate, PRS Australia)

Psychoanalytic methods of working with unconscious material in the clinical setting might offer models for working with such material in a writing practice. Could states of mind that have been proposed by psychoanalytic thinkers as offering ways of noticing associations and generating unseen connections provide tools for the writer’s capacity to generate meaning in a narrative? 


Pooja Nansi (current PhD candidate)

Pooja is a writer, educator, performer and festival maker based in Singapore. Her practice and research, conducted through the PRS Asia Program, are interested in ways marginalised and minority bodies can reclaim agency when making work in spaces and places not catered and designed for them. Her methodologies involve text based strategies and placemaking with the aim of creating engaged and activated communities.


Melinda Bufton (PhD graduate 2020)

My PhD research is an account of poetic experimentation; it describes an interrogation of feminist genealogies and feminist poetry within the constraint of an imagined ‘office’. The results became Moxie (Vagabond Press, 2020), a poetry collection displaying its own knowledge of historical precedents. I call this creative practice ‘Vintage Feminism’.


Postgraduate Projects and Supervision

In order to maintain the highest levels of supervision for prospective students, the School of Media & Communication offers a set list of projects that build on our recognised research and supervision strengths.

Prospective students are invited to examine the lists below and to identify their preferred project. Applicants are required to discuss their selected project with the listed supervisor in the first instance, before following the application process outlined here.  

For further information on the admissions process, please contact sgr.admissions@rmit.edu.au

Text And Media Image

The School of Media & Communication enables postgraduate students to pursue their research and creative interests and extend their critical skills under the guidance of dedicated academic supervisors.

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