Master of Design by Research

RMIT University

Program Description

Master of Design by Research

RMIT University

Master of Design by Research

The program is available in 2 modes - project and thesis. Project mode is taken under individual supervision in a choice of program areas including:

  • Architecture
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Fashion
  • Landscape Architecture.

Applicants for individual research should discuss their design research proposal with the research coordinator in the relevant discipline area.

Thesis mode offers the framework, focus and discipline necessary for speculative inquiry. Areas of research investigation include:

  • design theory
  • historical and theoretical studies
  • contemporary and Australian design.

Specialised streams


Within each program there is a selection of streams, including:

  • the Urban Architecture Laboratory (UAL)
  • Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL)
  • Furniture Design
  • Invitational Stream
  • individual practice-based research.

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.

Program entry requirements


One of the following:

  • Successful completion of an Australian Masters by Coursework degree or equivalent graded as a credit average (GPA of 2.00 out of 4.00).
  • Successful completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma or equivalent with a credit average (GPA of 2.00 out of 4.00).
  • Successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent with a credit average (GPA of 2.00 out of 4.00) or above in the final year of study or successful completion of an Australian Bachelor (Honours) degree or equivalent.

Entry into a Research program at RMIT is not based solely on academic achievement and applicants must meet the following minimum academic requirements to be considered for candidature.

Selection tasks

All research programs require you to:

  • Submit a research proposal outlining:
    • area of research to be undertaken
    • research methodology
    • literature review
    • expected outcome/s of research.
  • Identify a suitable RMIT academic supervisor. Research candidatures are subject to the availability of an academic supervisor and suitability of research.
  • Submit a folio or additional information if you are applying for a studio based research program within the art, architecture or design related disciplines on request.


English language requirements

To undertake most research programs at RMIT, you must have achieved one of the following English proficiency test results within the last 2 years:

  • Academic IELTS (minimum score) overall band of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0
  • TOEFL (Paper-based): minimum score of 580 (with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet-based): minimum score of 92 with a minimum of 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English (Advanced CAE): CAE Grade B (no band less than Good)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): minimum score of 58 (no band less than 50).


Last updated January 6, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
July 2016
Feb. 2017
Duration
Duration
2 years
Full time
Price
Price
23,040 AUD
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Start date Feb. 2017
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End date Dec. 22, 2016
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Price 23,040 AUD