36 months
34560 AUD/year
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Join the Applied Biology and Biotechnology program from RMIT University and use your advanced research skills to contribute to new developments in applied biology and biotechnology.   

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RMIT has a strong reputation for research and teaching in fundamental science and advanced molecular technologies. Our innovative programs and projects address real-world issues essential to Australia’s innovation agenda.

The School of Science has innovative programs and projects that address issues essential to Australia’s innovation agenda.

Research within this discipline uses molecular approaches to diagnose and synthesise solutions for disease and environmental problems.

Under expert supervision, you will develop your skills and join researchers already active in: 

  • aquatic and marine biology
  • ecotoxicology (biomarkers for environmental pollutants)
  • environmental and molecular approaches to diagnose and develop solutions for disease, agricultural and environmental problems
  • genomics and sequencing techniques applied to various organisms
  • microbiology (food, medical and environmental biotechnology, vaccine development, fundamentals of pathogen/host interactions)
  • plant biology (plant biotechnology and genomics, molecular plant breeding, ecotoxicogenomics, fire and environmental ecology)

This Applied Biology and Biotechnology program from RMIT University may be undertaken in a project, thesis with publication or thesis mode. Prospective candidates should discuss these modes of submission with their potential supervisor/s.


You will be able to pursue an academic career in a university or be employed in senior leadership and management positions in government, scientific and industrial research laboratories.

Programme Structure

  • Time spent on research

Full-time candidates are expected to commit at least four days per week (or at least two days per week for part-time candidates) to their research. The academic year is 48 weeks.

  • Regular contact with your supervisor

A schedule of meetings with your supervisor/s must be established to assess progress against milestones and timely completion. 

  • Resources, facilities and support  

You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal. You will be part of an active research community and have access to resources and workshops to help you succeed.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
More details
  • Start date: Continuous  


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS number: 079683D  

The minimum requirements for admission to a PhD program are:

  • a bachelor degree requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant discipline awarded with honours. The degree should include a research component comprised of a thesis, other research projects or research methodology courses that constitute at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent). The applicant must have achieved at least a distinction average in the final year; or
  • a master degree that includes a research component comprised of at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent) with an overall distinction average or a master degree without a research component with at least a high distinction average; or
  • evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and/or experience that satisfies the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training and Development 

Tuition Fee

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    34560 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 34560 AUD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Melbourne

1501 - 2659 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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