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Doctor of Philosophy – Architecture, Building and Planning

The University of Melbourne
Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
Melbourne, Victoria
Architecture & DesignUrban Studies & City Planning

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a higher-level research degree that requires advanced research, conceptual and writing skills. Working under the guidance of academic supervisors, PhD candidates produce advanced knowledge and expertise by conducting independent and sustained research that examines a specific problem, issue or topic. The thesis is undertaken as a full dissertation or combined with a design project and needs to demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge that makes an independent contribution to existing scholarship.


Candidates complete a thesis of approximately 80,000-100,000 words


Research Higher Degree programs

The 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 generous funding and resources, and excellent facilities in a supportive, collegial environment. In addition to research projects conducted across the built environment fields, we host institutes, networks and hubs focused on urban and cultural heritage, housing affordability, urban data infrastructure, sustainability, learning environments and transport, health and urban design.


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 which includes leadership programs, lectures and seminars, three-minute thesis competitions and more.


Research achievements

The University of Melbourne and the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning are consistently ranked highly in the Excellence in Research in Australia (ERA) assessment. In 2018, Urban and Regional Planning was given a 5, the highest possible rating in the ERA assessment.


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Admission Requirements

01. Academic eligibility


-Completed a relevant coursework masters degree (with research project/minor thesis at least equivalent to 25% of one year of full-time study), a masters by research degree or a four-year honours degree.


-Achieved an overall minimum WAM of 75%^ in the relevant honours or masters degree.


Prospective MSD graduate researchers can attempt to find their own supervisor before applying for one of our research degrees. However, it is not compulsory to find your own supervisor because the MSD Graduate Research Committee can also assign supervisors to suitable applicants.


If you choose to approach a potential supervisor yourself, you should contact the MSD Graduate Research office when you have prepared the following information:


-Draft research proposal

-Written approval from your potential supervisor, indicating that they are willing to supervise you should you be offered a place in one of our research degrees


-University transcripts. Retain any correspondence to be submitted as part of your hard copy application.


It is also important that all research candidates familiarise themselves with the research currently being conducted in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning by:


Researching the topics and supervisors of our current research students at:

Reading our staff profiles at:

Considering if your research topic aligns with the research interests of any of our staff.


Certified transcripts from previous studies

Certified copies of completion or graduation statements

A copy of the grading scale used by the University

Research proposal of 1500-2000 words

Two academic references submitted using the online tool

Evidence of research undertaken during your degree

English language requirements must be met according to the University of Melbourne guidelines

A curriculum vitae

Publications/journals of published research and/or creative works (if applicable)

An employer reference submitted using the online tool (if applicable)

Evidence of prior publications, journals and/or creative works (if applicable).

Note: The Selection Panel may request additional material to support your application



For details on these requirements, see


02. Submit your online application

Submit your application form and all supporting documentation



Research applicants can apply at any time; however, there are deadlines for certain intakes, and Graduate Research Scholarships close at the end of May and October.

Applicants should receive an outcome within 6-8 weeks after they have submitted a complete application, including any required supporting documentation.

Note: Tuition and living allowance scholarships are available for both local and international students.


MSD reserves the right to refuse a graduate research application if the applicant is not eligible for a Graduate Research Scholarship.


University of Melbourne equivalent grade.


Before you apply

Check the degree website.

Check the entry requirements and make sure you’re eligible.

Ensure you meet the University’s English language requirements.

Gather your supporting documentation.

Complete the online application form.


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General information
4 years full time / 8 years part time
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+61 3 8344 9013
School of Design. Masson Rd, Parkville VIC 3010
Campus Location
The information of this PhD was extracted from the Official Website of the program.
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