Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering and IT)

4 years full-time, Parkville — Domestic and International students. CRICOS code: 056957F

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Fees for international students

Course fees are calculated as if a student undertakes one year of full-time study. This is called 1 x EFTSL (Equivalent Full Time Study Load). If course duration is less than one year, or the student studies less than a full-time study load, fees are adjusted accordingly.

The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments and does not take into account any advanced standing for prior studies.

Fees are reviewed annually by the University and vary depending on subjects within the course.

More information about fees for international graduate students.

Maximum course duration shown. Total indicative fee based on maximum duration. May be completed in 3-4 EFTSL.

Melbourne Graduate Research Scholarships

If you are a new student and have applied for a graduate research degree in the Melbourne School of Engineering by the relevant closing date, you will be automatically considered for Melbourne Graduate Research Scholarships. You do not need to submit a separate application for Melbourne Graduate Research Scholarships.

The Melbourne School of Engineering offers a number of scholarships that are available to academically outstanding applicants.

International applicants

Scholarships available to international applicants:

Melbourne Research Scholarship (MRS)

Local applicants

Scholarships available to local applicants:

Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships (RTP)

Melbourne Research Scholarship (MRS)

Successful applicants for admission to research and scholarships with Melbourne School of Engineering will typically:

  • Have secured strong support from their nominated supervisor
  • Be placed in the top 5% of their graduating class
  • Have evidence of research potential by having completed a research project as part of the final year of a Bachelor or Master’s degree
  • Have a qualification from a university with a well recognised research profile

Scholarship application rounds 2019

Melbourne School of Engineering has five scholarship rounds for 2019 applications. These dates may be subject to change.

Round Closing dates Applicants notified
1 30 August 2018 30 October 2018
2 12 October 2018 11 December 2018
3 16 November 2018 12 February 2019
4 1 March 2019 16 April 2019
5 17 May 2019 2 July 2019

The majority of scholarships are awarded in Rounds 1, 2 and 3. Submit your application as early as possible.

Only applications for admission that are complete and received by the closing dates listed above will be considered for a Melbourne Graduate Research Scholarship in that round.

How is a scholarship score calculated?

Bachelor only

The second-to-last year (usually third year) will make up one third of the final score and the final year (usually fourth year) will make up two thirds of the final score. Only technical subjects are taken into consideration.

Bachelor plus a one year Masters

The final year of the Bachelor will make up one third of the final score, and the Masters will make up two thirds of the score. Only technical subjects are taken into consideration.

Masters by Coursework ≥1.5 years of full time study

The score will be based on the average of all subjects — often listed on the transcript as a cumulative GPA. This score will only be used if all the subjects are technical, otherwise the results from individual technical subjects will be combined to calculate a final score.

Masters by Research

If the thesis is ungraded and is ≥50% of the entire program, a copy of the master’s thesis, examiners’ reports and the Academic Report for Ungraded Thesis form are required for assessment.

What is a competitive score for these scholarships?

University of Melbourne equivalent scores are calculated primarily using academic transcripts; however publications, professional experience and the research profile of your last institution of study are also taken into consideration, and may marginally increase your score.


Usually meets the minimum admission requirement for research, but does not guarantee admission.

Is not usually competitive for a scholarship.


* Indicative score for local and international applicants who were awarded an MRS.

* Scores are indicative only. There is no guarantee that a scholarship will be awarded to applicants with these stated scores; there are many factors that impact on the awarding of a scholarship.

The tables below contain examples of University of Melbourne equivalent scores against common scoring systems from other institutions. The mark you would generally need to have achieved at your institution to meet our equivalent is shown in italics.

  University of Melbourne equivalent scores
Scores as a % H1 and Pass 80% 85% 92%
H1 = 70 P = 50 70 75 84
H1 = 70 P = 40 70 76 85
H1 = 80 P = 50 80 85 92
H1 = 85 P = 50 85 89.5 95
H1 = 90 P = 60 90 93.5 97
  University of Melbourne equivalent scores
GPA out of 80% 85% 92%
20 17 17.7 18.6
10 8.7 9.25 9.9
5 4.34 4.62 4.95
4 3.49 3.7 3.96

Other scholarships and prizes

Once enrolled there are other Engineering and IT scholarships and prizes for current students:
Scholarships for current students

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The fees for this degree are listed below, indicative for 2018.


4 years full-time / part-time unavailable

$179,853 AUD

The fees displayed are for international students. If you are a domestic student, please select this option at the top right of this page.

Typical course fee for 2018: $41,728 AUD / year

Duration indicated is maximum course duration. May be completed in less EFTSL depending upon academic background and/or relevant work experience.

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