The RMIT Philippine PhD program is a unique and innovative approach to pursue an Australian research degree in the Philippines.
What is the program about?
Designed primarily for the Philippine higher education faculty who wish to obtain Australian PhD credentials, this program may be completed in the Philippines within three to four years.
The RMIT Philippine PhD program employs a blended learning approach. Research supervision will primarily occur online where candidates are expected to regularly communicate with their supervisors. Twice a year, RMIT supervisors will attend a two-day conference at the Philippine host universities. During these collaborative cohort conferences (CCCs), candidates are expected to meet with their supervisors, attend workshops and/or present their milestone reviews.
How different is the RMIT Philippine PhD program to other PhD programs offered by overseas universities?
The RMIT Philippine PhD program caters to eligible university faculty and other candidates who are unable to leave the country to pursue their PhD studies. The unique combination of online and twice yearly face-to-face intensive research supervision enables candidates to focus on their research studies without disrupting their family and community commitments.
Like most Australian universities, RMIT’s PhD program comprises a research program with one required course, Research Strategies, and one optional course, Qualitative or Quantitative Research Methods. Unlike other coursework-based PhD programs, this program involves independent research under the guidance of the supervisory team. Supervisors guide the candidates through the research process with regular online meetings and written/electronic feedback, and oversee the candidates’ progress through three milestone reviews.
How different is this program to other RMIT PhD programs?
This RMIT PhD program is delivered in the Philippines and considered as an offshore program. The face-to-face component, through the collaborative conferences, will be hosted by two university partners in Manila and Cebu.
Other RMIT PhD programs are delivered onshore, in Melbourne.
The application process for the two programs is different. So make sure you are applying to the correct RMIT PhD program.
How do you apply?
To apply to the RMIT Philippine PhD program (3P), send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and request an application form.
Submit the application form (DOTX 44KB 3p) together with:
- Your CV;
- A two-page proposal and
- Publications, if any.
What are the costs?
For the 2017 intake, the tuition fees are between AU$12,000-$14,000 (or approximately PHP518,792) per year. In addition, small local program management fees will be charged by the host university to cover the costs of the twice yearly two-day residential program and local coordination.
What scholarships are available?
For this program you may apply for CHED K-12 scholarships under the Local Graduate Studies.
Check with your university for potential institutional support to assist your studies.
How will the PhD program work?
You will be assigned a minimum of two supervisors. As soon as you are enrolled, you will need to establish communication with your supervisor/s by email or Skype (or similar online conference platform).
During this initial meeting, it is important to establish your meeting schedule and discuss expectations and requirements, and preferred communication modes. You will be expected to enrol in HUSO2361 Research Strategies which will help refine your proposal. When you are preparing the next stage of your research project, you can enrol in either a Qualitative or a Quantitative Research Methods course to improve your skills in this area. You will also be able to participate in the RMIT PhD Up! program, which provides a wide range of excellent workshops and short courses for PhD students. You will be part of an international research community both in the Philippines and at RMIT Melbourne.
As the supervision process will primarily be delivered online, it is important to keep the communication lines open. Ensure each supervision meeting has a purpose and an outcome. It is also good practice to summarise your meeting notes which you need to send to your supervisor/s for confirmation. This practice will minimise misunderstandings and ensure you are on the same page.
You are also encouraged to work and communicate with other candidates working on related research projects. This will allow you to establish peer support throughout your candidature.