PhD and Research Degree Opportunities at Victoria University

Victoria University in Melbourne

With 15 research disciplines ranked at, or above world standard in the latest Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) assessments, and placed in the top 2% of universities worldwide by the Times Higher Education (THE) - World University Rankings (WUR) 2016/17, Victoria University (VICTORIA UNIVERSITY) offers world-class research opportunities.

Join VICTORIA UNIVERSITY as a graduate research student and work on world-leading research projects, with outstanding researchers. We take a multidisciplinary approach to our research and strive to develop innovative technologies and solutions to real-world problems. Our research has an applied and translational focus on producing outcomes that benefit industry, government and the broader community – both in Australia and internationally.

Whether improving education in communities and schools, collaborating with the United Nations on public health projects or working on a doctoral project supported by an international sponsoring agency, our partnerships are long-term, mutually beneficial relationships. We inspire and support graduate research students to set new standards and make a substantial contribution to their field, including through publishing in internationally reputable peer-reviewed journals with high impact.

Our external funding for research is steadily increasing nationally and internationally through public, private and industry sponsors, reflecting growing support for our strong research outcomes and research quality. We work with international partners, including governments, corporations and education organisations, across a wide range of countries, including Indonesia, China, Colombia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Malaysia, to support the research of our international graduate research students.

In 2016 we have over 750 research students enrolled in doctoral and masters research degrees, and 400 registered research supervisors who are experts in their fields and have a wide range of disciplinary and methodological expertise.

Our Research Focus
When you undertake a research degree at VICTORIA UNIVERSITY, you have the opportunity to specialise in research linked to one of our three research areas:

  • Sport, Health and Active Living
  • Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities
  • Education, Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development

Research into these areas is supported by expertise from the University’s academic colleges, research institutes and centres, and external research partners. Each theme is supported by research in policy studies, creating a true interdisciplinary research environment with a focus on impact and policy change.

View all PhD and other research degree opportunities at Victoria University

Research Facilities
Our researchers have access to a wide range of specialist laboratories and research facilities that are ranked among the best in Australia and worldwide. We are one of just seven Australian universities to receive a five-star rating from the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations for our facilities and infrastructure supporting postgraduate research students.

Among our state-of–the-art laboratories and facilities are:

  • Western Centre for Health Research and Education (Western CHRE)
  • exercise physiology and biomechanics laboratories
  • altitude hotel
  • fully equipped fluid mechanics and hydraulics laboratory
  • sleep laboratory
  • fire testing facilities
  • Laboratory and pilot plant membrane facilities

Read more about our state-of-the-art research facilities.

We also offer a comprehensive range of researcher support and development programs, including the national award winning ‘Demystify Your Thesis’ suite of programs. Our Graduate Research Centre coordinates the University’s graduate research program and can provide you with customised advice and support, including in relation to admissions and scholarships.

Research Highlights
Discover VICTORIA UNIVERSITY’s Research Highlights in the latest publication edition, featuring 20 stories on some of the most interesting and high-profile research from across the University.

Research profiled includes a:

  • breakthrough therapy that could potentially stop the progression of multiple sclerosis
  • new counter-terrorism approach
  • computer model to help Australian firefighters beat the flames
  • research partnership between VICTORIA UNIVERSITY and the Western Bulldogs.