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Doctor of Philosophy - Engineering (DR-PHILENG) // Entry and participation requirements

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Entry requirements

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

  • A four-year bachelor degree in a relevant discipline which includes a substantial research component equivalent to at least 25% of one year of full-time study, and have achieved a minimum weighted average of 75% in the final year subjects or (University of Melbourne) equivalent


  • A masters degree in a relevant discipline which includes a substantial research component equivalent to at least 25% of one year of full-time study, and achieved a minimum weighted average of 75% or (University of Melbourne) equivalent


  • A qualification and professional experience considered to be equivalent


  • A research proposal;
  • Referee reports (except for applicants who have graduated from the University of Melbourne within the last 5 years);
  • The endorsement of a prospective supervisor.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In selecting applicants, the selection committee will consider applicants’:

  • Prior academic performance and, if relevant, professional qualifications;
  • Understanding of the research question to be explored;
  • Performance at an interview;
  • Motivation and capacity to complete the course in a timely manner;
  • Relevant prior research and/or professional experience;
  • Referee reports.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. The minimum English language requirements for this course are: Band 6.5.


For more information on the application process visit: http://www.eng.unimelb.edu.au/study/degrees

Core participation requirements

All PhD candidates are required to complete the equivalent of at least 12 months full-time (24 months part-time) advanced study and research in the University unless studying at an outside institution approved by the Research Higher Degrees Committee (RHDC). The RHDC will not approve entirely distance supervision or entirely online supervision for graduate researchers.

Throughout their candidature, candidates are expected to attend the University in order to benefit from planning, conducting and writing-up their research within a University community and environment.

The residency requirement is deemed especially important during the period of probationary candidature. During probationary candidature the student is expected to interact on a regular basis with the supervisor, the department (including staff and other research students) and the University, with the aim to:

  • Build the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out the proposed research program;
  • Acquire an understanding of the standards and requirements for a PhD awarded by the University;
  • Make use of support programs and facilities provided by the Univeristy.

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Graduate Research Advisor and Student Equity and Disability Support.