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Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.
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Apply your advanced engineering skills to an industry-focused environmental engineering research project.
The School of Engineering’s emphasis is on sustainable development and encompasses a broad spectrum of environmental impacts and degradation. Research activity is focused on identifying solutions to existing and emerging problems in these areas. Most of these problems result from human impact and solving them draws on techniques such as life cycle analysis, cleaner production, and eco-efficiency to develop sustainable solutions.
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:
- adaptation to climate change
- air pollution
- environmental planning and policy
- groundwater resource management
- land contamination and remediation
- land degradation
- management of waste
- sludge management
- wastewater treatment and recycling
- 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.
Our primary research activities are conducted within these related research centres:
- Water: Effective Technologies and Tools (WETT) Research Centre
- Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Remediation (EnSuRe)
Our research facilities and equipment include:
- rainwater harvesting system
- hydraulic devices
- laboratory and pilot-scale high and low pressure membranes
- forward osmosis systems
- elcometer film applicator for membrane production
- enhanced membrane bioreactors
- anaerobic digesters
- greenhouse gas analyser
- groundwater quality monitoring equipment
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:
- Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria
- Environmental Protection Authority, Victoria
- Melbourne Water
- Renewable Futures
- Shandong University, China
- The Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery, University of Boras
- Tsinghua University, China
- University of Technology, Sydney
- University of Wollongong
- Victoria University
- Western Water
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
World class knowledge, global outlook
With an emphasis on real world solutions our environmetal engineering program utalises leading-edge knowledge through research world-class research centres and globally facing industry partners.