Doctor of Philosophy - Architecture, Building and Planning

    • CRICOS Code: 056961K

    How to apply

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    Please check the entry requirements before you apply.

    Along with the online application, applicants for both the MPhil and PhD should provide:

    1. Research proposal and applicant information
      • Research proposal
      • Curriculum Vitae
      • References
    2. Evidence
    3. Supporting information
      • Publications or creative and design works

    Research proposal

    Applicants for graduate research programs in the MSD 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

    Curriculum vitae

    Applicants are required to provide a curriculum vitae (résumé) in the approved format. Your professional experience must demonstrate current knowledge/experience in the discipline in which you plan to undertake your research.


    All references must be submitted using the online tool

    • Applicants must provide contact details for their referees in the online application form.
    • 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 for a reference 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.

    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.

    Academic results and proof of graduation

    Include original or copies of your results with your application, 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 an original or copy of the graduation certificate with your application.

    Publications and journals

    Applicants may submit supporting evidence of relevant academic publications in journals, or other publications if applicable, and/or creative works (e.g. folios, design projects, etc).

    Application dates and selection

    The Melbourne School of Design graduate research selection committee appraises all applications for the MPhil and PhD programs. Selection is on the merit and quality of all aspects of the application. If your application is approved, the 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 in the following application rounds:

    Application deadline Meeting date

    23 January

    24 January

    26 January

    9 February

    23 February

    9 March

    29 March (Thurs)

    13 April

    27 April

    11 May

    25 May

    8 June

    22 June

    6 July

    20 July

    3 August

    24 August

    7 September

    21 September

    5 October

    19 October

    2 November

    2 November

    16 November


    December (TBC)

    More Information

    If you need more information before submitting your application, please contact Stop 1.

    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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