Doctor of Philosophy - Architecture, Building and Planning

The University of Melbourne

Course details

CRICOS course code: 056961K

Level of study: Postgraduate


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.

Across our core disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, property and construction, our research focuses on the following themes:

  • Architecture and the urban past
  • Cultural and sustainable landscapes
  • Data and value
  • Design and creative research
  • Future cities
  • Indigenous place
  • Healthy communities and infrastructure
  • Practice and construction in innovation

Career outcomes

On completing your research degree, you will have acquired an internationally recognised and respected qualification. Graduates of our research programs have gone on to work at institutions and organisations in Australia and across the world in roles such as:

  • Chartered Architect at Robust Architecture Workshop, Sri Lanka
  • Lecturer in Architecture at Taylor’s University, Malaysia
  • Post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at Aalto University, Helsinki

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
44,864 Per Year
Read moreIndicative total course fee: 193,369
27 Feb 2023
24 Jul 2023
4 years
Full time
The University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Grattan Street
Melbourne Victoria 3010

Entry criteria

Applicants are normally required to have been awarded at least one of the following:

a Masters by Research degree;
a Masters by Coursework degree (with a 25% research component); or
a four-year Bachelor with Honours degree.

Minimum level of academic achievement

Applicants should have achieved an overall H1 (80-100%) or H2A (75-79%) equivalent to grades received at an Australian university, in the relevant honours or Masters degree.

English language requirements:

IELTS (academic English Only): 7.0 overall, with written 7 and no band less than 6.0;
TOEFL (paper-based test): 600 +, TWE 5.0;
TOEFL (internet-based test): 94 + Writing 27; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13;
Pearson Test of English (Academic): 65 +, written communicative skill of 65 and no other communicative skill below 50
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 185 + no less than 185 in Writing and 169 in each other skill.


The University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Grattan Street
Melbourne Victoria 3010
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