Doctor of Philosophy (Medical Laboratory Science)
- Local students
- International students
- Program code: DR086
MR083, Master of Applied Science (Medical Laboratory Science) by Research
- Campus: Bundoora campus
This PhD program offers opportunities to join a leading research team, gain research skills and specialist knowledge and embark on a biomedical research career.
RMIT's School of Medical Sciences, in collaboration with the new Health Innovations Research Institute (HIRi), has established a major hub for biomedical research at Bundoora campus west. Together they have several internationally recognised research groups (with ERA ratings of 4 and 5) that draw together the breadth of biomedical research excellence at RMIT and support multidisciplinary and collaborative research to address key health issues facing the Australian community.
Master and PhD qualifications enable you to embark on a research career or to work in a higher administrative capacity in a research team. Programs cater for those wishing to gain skills in conducting research or to study a particular area of interest, or for those with a thirst for new knowledge.
The multidisciplinary nature of laboratory medicine offers excellent opportunities to conduct leading edge biotechnology and biomedical research. The discipline areas covered include:
- natural products
- molecular biology
- transfusion/transplantation science.
RMIT research programs encompass most areas of human health and disease at both a fundamental and applied level.
PhD: 4 years full-time
This duration incorporates the Master: 2 years full-time.
Learning and teaching
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.
You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
You will undertake the approved research program under the supervision of an appointed research supervisor. Successful completion involves submitting a thesis or project.
This program involves the intensive investigation of a highly specialised individual research project.
The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.
If you satisfy the following requirements you will be eligible for selection; however, there is no guarantee that you will be selected as demand for the program varies each intake.
Program entry requirements
You'll normally have completed an honours degree or have had a number of years of postgraduate experience working in a laboratory where you have been exposed to a research environment.
You must have completed a first class (or upper second class) honours degree or a research master degree. Under certain circumstances, when you do not meet these requirements but have been working for a number of years in a research laboratory and have publications in recognised journals, consideration may be given to acceptance into the program.
Students wishing to enter either program should contact the research coordinator at email@example.com to discuss possible projects and supervisors before lodging an application.
All Master applicants must have at least one of the following:
- a first degree from RMIT with at least a credit average in the final undergraduate year
- a recognised award deemed to be the equivalent in character and standard to a first degree from RMIT with at least a credit average in the final undergraduate year, or
- evidence of appropriate experience that satisfies the College/School that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study sufficient to undertake the proposed program.
All Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) applicants must have at least one of the following:
- Bachelor degree with first or upper second class Honours
- Master degree by research
- Master degree by coursework that includes a research component of at least 1 semester in duration graded as Distinction or above
- Such other qualifications or experience as considered to be appropriate or Masters coursework.
You must include a research proposal of between 1 and 5 pages with your application.
Generally, a research proposal consists of:
- a title/topic
- research questions to be investigated in the context of existing research/literature in the area
- methodology/research tasks required to undertake the research
- particular needs (e.g. resources, facilities or equipment that is necessary for your proposed research program, if applicable).
Some programs require more lengthy proposals with additional elements.
How to apply
2. Check program entry requirements and confirm you're eligible.
3. Check and complete the selection tasks (if applicable) by the relevant closing date - these tasks are listed in the program entry requirements.
4. Check the application method and application closing dates.
5. Complete and submit your application.
6. Your application will then go through the research selection process.
Tuition fees vary according to each program and are adjusted annually.
If you are an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen you may be eligible for a Research Training Scheme (RTS) place where your full tuition costs are funded by the Commonwealth Government.
RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT research scholarships.
There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.
Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.