Doctor of Philosophy - Architecture, Building and Planning

    • CRICOS Code: 056961K
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    01. Academic eligibility

    Applicants must have:
    • Completed a relevant coursework masters degree (with research project/minor thesis at least equivalent to 25% of one year of full-time study), a masters by research degree or a four-year honours degree.
    • Achieved an overall minimum WAM of 75%^ in the relevant honours or masters degree.
    Consider research supervision

    Prospective MSD graduate researchers can attempt to find their own supervisor before applying for one of our research degrees. However, it is not compulsory to find your own supervisor because the MSD Graduate Research Committee can also assign supervisors to suitable applicants.

    If you choose to approach a potential supervisor yourself, you should contact the MSD Graduate Research office when you have prepared the following information:

    • Draft research proposal
    • Written approval from your potential supervisor, indicating that they are willing to supervise you should you be offered a place in one of our research degrees
    • CV
    • University transcripts. Retain any correspondence to be submitted as part of your hard copy application.

    It is also important that all research candidates familiarise themselves with the research currently being conducted in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning by:

    Prepare all supporting documentation
    • Certified transcripts from previous studies
    • Certified copies of completion or graduation statements
    • A copy of the grading scale used by the University
    • Research proposal of 1500-2000 words
    • Two academic references submitted using the online tool
    • Evidence of research undertaken during your degree
    • English language requirements must be met according to the University of Melbourne guidelines
    • A curriculum vitae
    • Publications/journals of published research and/or creative works (if applicable)
    • An employer reference submitted using the online tool (if applicable)
    • Evidence of prior publications, journals and/or creative works (if applicable).

    Note: The Selection Panel may request additional material to support your application

    For more information

    For details on these requirements, see

    02. Submit your online application

    Submit your application form and all supporting documentation

    Application deadlines, commencement and outcomes
    • Research applicants can apply at any time; however, there are deadlines for certain intakes, and Graduate Research Scholarships close at the end of May and October.
    • Applicants should receive an outcome within 6-8 weeks after they have submitted a complete application, including any required supporting documentation.

    Note: Tuition and living allowance scholarships are available for both local and international students.

    MSD reserves the right to refuse a graduate research application if the applicant is not eligible for a Graduate Research Scholarship.

    ^ University of Melbourne equivalent grade.

    Before you apply

    1. Check the degree website.
    2. Check the entry requirements and make sure you’re eligible.
    3. Ensure you meet the University’s English language requirements.
    4. Gather your supporting documentation.
    5. Complete the online application form.
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