Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering

Victoria University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 084115E

Level of study: Postgraduate


Become a leading researcher and designer of innovative engineering solutions, with a PhD in Engineering from VU.

PhD in Engineering program at VU

Continue your graduate study with one of Australia’s leading engineering-research universities. We offer world-class engineering labs, top research institutes, and invaluable industry collaborations.

We offer doctoral degrees in:

  • chemical engineering
  • civil engineering
  • electrical engineering
  • mechanical engineering.

During your study, you’ll work on cutting-edge engineering projects, presenting your research as a PhD thesis, and in journals and conferences.

Course structure

The PhD is a research based degree with a maximum duration of 4 years (full time) and 8 years (part time).

As well as enrolling in Research Thesis units Doctor of Philosophy (Science) students will be required to complete two coursework units, ROP8001 and ROP8002.

An average result of 70% is required in the compulsory coursework units in order to proceed to candidature confirmation. Ongoing progression is subject to policy and procedures for candidature management as per the VU HDR Policy.

Careers in engineering

A PhD will help you find important work in the following areas:

  • government policy
  • university research
  • industry research, design or management.

Engineering careers include:

  • power generation, transmission, distribution, management and control (particularly Smart or alternative energy)
  • managing, designing and developing telecommunication network systems
  • microelectronic and electronic design
  • water-related work for government organisations and private firms
  • processing design for the food industry
  • mechanical design for construction and safety.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. expert understanding of a substantial body of theory and its practical application at the frontier of a field of work or learning, including substantial expert knowledge of ethical research principles and methods applicable to the field.

2. intellectual independence and cognitive skills to undertake a systematic investigation, reflect critically on theory and practice and evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, including identifying, evaluating and critically analysing the validity of research studies and their applicability to a research problem.

3. expert cognitive, technical and creative skills to: design, develop and implement a research project/s to systematically investigate a research problem; develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge; manage, analyse, evaluate and interpret data, synthesising key ideas and theorising within the context of key literature.

4. expert communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions; to disseminate and promote new insights; and to cogently present a complex investigation of originality, or original research, both for external examination and to specialist (eg researcher peers) and non-specialist (industry and/or community) audiences through informal interaction, scholarly publications, reports and formal presentations.

5. capacity to reflect on, develop and evaluate strategies for achieving their own learning and career goals.

6. intellectual independence, initiative and creativity in new situations and/or for further learning.

7. ethical practice and full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs.

8. autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility as an expert and independent scholar.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
32,000 Per Year
Read more16,000 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.
Feb 2022
Jul 2022
4 years Full time Victoria University
Footscray Park campus
Ballarat Road
Melbourne Victoria 3011
32,000 Per Year
Read more16,000 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.
Feb 2022
Jul 2022
4 years Full time Werribee Campus
Hoppers Lane
Melton Victoria 3030

Entry criteria

Entry into a research program (postgraduate study) requires completion of: an honours degree, or a masters degree by coursework with a research component, or an equivalent qualification from an approved university.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)

TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 79 (Listening 19, Speaking 19, Reading 18, Writing 22)

Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 58 (no section score less than 50)

University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176. No individual band less than 169.

VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved


Victoria University
Footscray Park campus
Ballarat Road
Melbourne Victoria 3011
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