Doctor of Philosophy - Architecture, Building and Planning

  • CRICOS code: 056961K

The experience


The Melbourne School of Design (MSD) offers a stimulating and progressive research environment, attracting the best and brightest future researchers in our disciplines from around the world. MSD graduate researchers have access to funding, resources and excellent facilities in a supportive, collegial environment. The academic disciplines within the faculty are uniquely represented across the built environment fields of: architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, urban design, property and construction. This provides candidates with an opportunity for embedding their research in a multidisciplinary built environment context.

World-class research

The MSD has an international reputation for excellence in research, particularly within the built and urban environments. Our researchers are experienced scholars, leading debate and engaging with industry, policy-makers and the community towards real-world outcomes. Our graduate researchers are co-located with academics in our building and have access to specialist support.

In addition to research projects conducted across the built environment fields, we incorporate a range of research units focused on urban and cultural heritage, housing affordability, cities, urban data infrastructure, sustainability, learning environments and transport, health and urban design. We are also host to the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and the Hallmark Research Initiative for Affordable Housing.

Multidisciplinary programs

In addition to enrolling in your course, consider participating in one of the University’s multidisciplinary programs. Each program offers a series of activities to enhance your learning experience. When you join a program, you’ll connect with graduate researchers from other disciplines, and you’ll engage with relevant external organisations. By participating, you’ll broaden your networks and improve your career prospects.