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The essential characteristic of research activity is that it leads to publicly verifiable outcomes which are open to peer appraisal. RMIT accepts the OECD definition of research and experimental development as:

"...comprising creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order in increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of man, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications."


• The opportunity to obtain a higher qualification while you gain
_knowledge through in depth study of an area that is of particular
interest to you.
• Prestige - a learned reputation and identity within the field of study.
• Personal challenge.
• Structure for a personal project by requiring you to set goals and
_deadlines for yourself.
• A free and open exchange of ideas with like-minded people in a
_supportive educational environment and culture.
• Access to repositories of knowledge within and outside the
• Student status provides an entree to industry expertise often not
_normally available.
• An environment where investigations are developed on the
_importance of ideas rather than the dictates of commerce.
• Access to University and industry resources.
• A means to establish links and build useful relationships with other
_people working in your field of research.
• A way of keeping abreast of the latest thinking and developments
_within the medium.
• An ongoing relationship with AIM Alumni which has become the
_backbone of the local industry.

RMIT provides the rigour of a formal academic process. It also offers the stimulation of being a part of a community of like-minded people engaged in the pursuit of knowledge and interested in exploring the medium at its frontiers within an environment and culture which respects the worth of good ideas. RMIT is often able to formalise national and international strategic alliances with other people working in your field of research. It also offers informed and editorial comment on your work from experts in the field.

Two supervisors will be appointed as appropriate to the individual program. The Senior Supervisor's role is one of facilitation and to guide academic process. The candidate's role is to organise their time and adhere to their schedule and undertake a degree which meets the demands of such a qualification.

Frequency and nature of meetings between students and supervisors is an arrangement to be worked out by both parties which may vary from program to program and student to student. It may also vary during the life of the project. The candidate will prepare the proposal in conjunction with their Senior Supervisor. This proposal is evaluated by the Higher Degrees Committee as being worthy of the award. It is then up to the candidate to complete the tasks they have set for themselves within their proposal.

Where expert advice would be useful to a research project, consultants may be formally attached to the candidate's program.

This is a higher degree. Applicants are expected to be mature, self reliant, highly motivated and dedicated people who have a capacity for independent intellectual investigation. Candidates will be responsible for meeting deadlines, providing and completing all requisite documentation, to initiate and keep regular appointments with their supervisors and help to develop and contribute to a burgeoning research culture.


Research candidates are expected to be an active member of the School's research community through participation in the program's special interest groups, discussion groups, workshops and special events. At some stage during their candidature, each student is required to participate in at least one Peer Group Review assessment. This forum provides critical analysis and feedback to candidates nearing formal examination as an aid in the final preparation of their work.

Each candidate also required to present reports on the progress of their investigation to their peers in a public forum throughout their enrolment period. In addition, candidates should be aware of the benefits of publishing their research findings in refereed journals or at learned conferences.


The Higher Education Loan Programme (FEE-HELP) is a loan programme that assists eligible fee paying students to pay their tuition fees while studying at an approved higher education provider. Australian citizens and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP. Students may obtain FEE-HELP for accredited postgraduate award programmes including higher degrees by research. Eligible students can borrow up to the limit of the tuition fee charged by their provider. No loan fee applies to a FEE-HELP loan for fee paying postgraduate study For further information:

Please read the detailed information available from these pages. Should you require more specific information, or wish to discuss any aspects of your reserach topic or application, you are welcome to make personal contact with:

For Mastes degree:
Jeremy Parker

John Power
David Atkinson
(613) 9925 2994

For Doctor of Philosophy:
Assoc Prof Lyndal Jones
(613) 9925 9615

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Melbourne 300
Victoria, Australia




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