Doctor of Philosophy - Architecture, Building and Planning
- CRICOS Code: 056961K
1. Decide on a research program
The Melbourne School of Design offers two research programs:
We recommend that you familiarise yourself with both these programs before deciding on the program most suitable to you.
2. Check your eligibility
The entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) are the same.
Please ensure that you meet all the admissions requirements for the program you are applying for. These include minimum standards of academic achievement, qualifications and completed degrees, English Language requirements, etc. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
Check that you meet the University’s English Language requirements.
3. Check the scholarship deadlines
Research applicants can apply at any time, however to be eligible for the Melbourne Graduate Research Scholarship applicants must apply for admission and scholarship by no later than 31 October (Round 1) or 31 May (Round 2). Note that Round 1 is the main selection round.
Selection is on the merit and quality of all aspects of the application. If your application is approved, the Research Committee may also make suggestions for a supervisor if you haven’t already established a relationship with one. The MSD does not require you to have nominated a potential supervisor in your application.
Applications for graduate research programs in the MSD are assessed at monthly meetings throughout the year.
4. Prepare documentation
Along with the online application, applicants for both the MPhil and PhD should provide:
- Academic results and proof of graduation
Include scanned copies of official transcripts from every higher education institution you have attended, together with a grading scale used by the University (faculty/department) where you completed your 4-year Bachelor (Hons) degree and/or Master degree. If there is no proof of graduation on your transcript you must include a copy of the graduation certificate with your application.
- Evidence of research experience
Applicants are required to have conducted a research project equivalent to 25% of a year’s full-time study at fourth year honours or Master level. Applicants transcripts must clearly show when the 25% research project was completed. If this is not clear from the transcript a letter from the University/supervisor should be attached as evidence.
- Curriculum Vitae
A current CV outlining work experience relevant to your proposed field of research, prior research background and details of any research publications.
Sample format for the required CV
- Research proposal
Applicants for graduate research programs must include a research proposal. The proposal should be two to three pages (1,500-2,000 words) in length and address the following:
- The research question expressed briefly and in simple English (it can include technical terms)
- An explanation of the problem(s) to be explored, or hypotheses to be tested (aims and background)
- The significance of the research
- The sources of information to be used, including a preliminary bibliography
- A suggested work plan, including stages of research and timeline
- An indication of potential problems
- Personal experience in the proposed area of study and the reasons for wishing to undertake such study
- Two Academic Referee Report Forms
- You must provide contact details for your academic referees in the online application form.
- If it is more than 5 years since you completed your last degree, professional referees may be provided.
- On submission of your application, the referees will be emailed a link to access the Graduate Research Referee tool and they must provide their references using this online tool.
- You will be notified when they submit the reference.
- It is important that you contact your referees well before submitting an application. This ensures they expect the request and understand that the University of Melbourne referee request email contains both instructions on how to access the tool and submit their references through the attached link. All references must be submitted using the online tool.
- Publications / journals
If applicable, applicants may submit supporting evidence of research publications, refereed journals and/or creative works (digital portfolios, design projects).
5. Submit an application
For admission to Graduate Research Degree Candidature and Scholarship, you must submit a course application online. Quote course code DR-PHILABP in your application.
If you are a new student and have applied for a Graduate Research Degree in the Melbourne School of Design by the relevant closing date, you will be automatically considered for Melbourne Research Scholarships. You do not need to submit a separate application for Melbourne Research Scholarships.
Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirming that your application has been received. You will receive a notification if your application is incomplete.
To avoid delay in the assessment of your application, ensure you follow the online application instructions carefully and upload all the required documents.
The assessment process can take 8 – 12 weeks before an outcome is finalised.
Assessment of your application will only commence once you have provided all required documents.
6. Accept the offer
If your application is successful, you will receive an offer letter by email.
Offers of scholarship are made at different times to offers of admission. Refer to our information on scholarships and deadlines to determine in which scholarship round you will be considered for a scholarship, and when you can expect an outcome to your consideration for a scholarship.
To accept your scholarship offer, follow the instructions in your scholarship offer letter.
7. Enrol in your program
Once you have met the conditions of your offer (or have received an unconditional offer), you will receive instructions by email about enrolling in your research program.