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Apply your advanced engineering skills to an industry focused research project and develop solutions to existing and emerging civil and infrastructure engineering problems.
The School of Engineering conducts research in a broad spectrum of topics with the overall vision of delivering sustainability, longevity and efficiency of infrastructure essential for the 21st century.
Our research strengths are in the fields of:
- asset management and decision making for optimised management of infrastructure
- challenges in supporting infrastructure in reactive and unsaturated soils
- design of new material and structural forms and optimisation
- innovative and sustainable materials
- predicting remaining life of structures including bridges, buildings, tunnels and underground utilities considering changes in climate
- strengthening of structures using innovative techniques
- sustainable construction
You can select from existing applied research projects that are well supported by industry. These projects will deliver fundamental research leading to innovative new products, processes and knowledge.
You will be closely supervised while you work on a project within one of the following research areas:
- computational mechanics
- construction engineering
- construction management
- construction materials
- geotechnical engineering
- high-strength and high-performance concrete
- infrastructure maintenance and management
- structural engineering
- structural optimisation
- transport engineering
- water systems engineering and water resources
This PhD may be undertaken in a project, thesis with publication or thesis mode. Prospective candidates should discuss these modes of submission with their potential supervisor/s.
The primary research activities are conducted within these related research centres:
- Centre for Innovative Structures and Materials (CISM)
- Resilient Infrastructure Group
The School of Engineering has received recognition for world class research well supported by competitive grants and industry funding. In the 2015 QS world rankings civil and structural engineering at RMIT was ranked among the top 51-100 in the world based on academic reputation, research citations and employer satisfaction. RMIT has received world-wide recognition for fundamental research in:
- structural optimisation
- time dependent structural reliability
- infrastructure resilience
- behaviour of unsaturated soils
The School of Engineering has world-class laboratory facilities for heavy structures, geotechnical engineering, construction materials and product development and accelerated testing for material and structural degradation in simulated environments.
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
A schedule of meetings with your supervisor/s must be established to assess progress against milestones and timely completion.
Resources, facilities and support
You will have access to online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
You will be part of an active research community and have access to resources and workshops to help you succeed.
School of Graduate Research
The School of Graduate Research works with Schools to further support candidates during their postgraduate research degree.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
We have relationships with a broad range of academic and industry organisations including:
- Australian Road Research Board
- Brookfield Multiplex
- Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
- Hansen Yuncken
- Intrax Consulting Engineers
- Leightons Contractors
- Markham Global Pty Ltd
- Melbourne Water
- Metro Trains
- Municipal Association of Victoria
- Over 20 local councils
- Sinclair Knights Merz
- Transport and Main Roads, Queensland
- Yarra Trams
You will be able to pursue an academic career in a university or be employed in senior leadership and management positions in government, scientific and industrial research laboratories.
Program and course information
Solve problems using real world solutions
Become a leader in your field and gain the skills to significantly contribute to building your community.