At the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, you will become part of a community of scholars and practitioners, who are dedicated to creating a better world through engineering and IT.
You will study in an environment of cross-disciplinary research excellence, where important discoveries are being made, and research outcomes have real-world impact.
You will work alongside and be supervised by researchers, who are world leaders in engineering and IT, creating technological solutions to some of the key challenges of the 21st Century.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) students at the University of Melbourne are guided to demonstrate academic leadership, increasing independence, creativity and innovation in their research work.
The University of Melbourne is recognised internationally as a leader in graduate research training.
The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology is involved in numerous research projects, listed below by department. From here you may browse the breadth of research projects currently underway, and go directly to projects that are recruiting graduate researchers in your discipline. If you are interested in joining a research group, email the Primary Contact directly to discuss your expertise and experience.
Research areas include: biomechanics, biosignals, computational bioinformatics and biocellular systems to address issues such as medical bionics, immune system function, infection, epilepsy and cancer treatment.
Chemical & Biomolecular
Within a diverse research program there is a focus on three themes: materials science, separations technologies, and biomolecular engineering. These themes are targeted at key socioeconomic fields, which include medicine; mining; sustainable energy production; water conservation and re-use; and food processing.
Computing & Information Systems
An international leader in research in Computer Science, Information Systems, and Software Engineering. Research strengths of the department include Business Information Systems, Complex and Intelligent Systems, Distributed and Cloud Computing, Computational Bioinformatics, Health Information Systems, Interaction Design, Knowledge Discovery, Optimisation, and Programming Languages.
Electrical & Electronic
Research is focused in four research labs: control and signal processing; communications and networks; electronics and photonics; and neuroengineering. Topics of interest include: mobile and wireless networks; network design and performance monitoring; optical communication systems; sustainability of growth of the internet; computational neuroscience; neuroimaging and neuroinformatics; audition, speech and bionic ear design; bionic eye design and vision; consciousness and communication; information theory; mathematical systems theory; numerical methods; signal processing and radar tracking; and control systems.
Areas of research investigation include: structural engineering; geotechnical engineering; project management; energy efficiency in buildings; integrated transport; disaster management; geothermal energy; catchment systems; environmental monitoring and assessment; environmental water management, water resource management; next generation flood prediction; impacts of climate change; indoor and outdoor positioning; land administration and 3D cadastre; sensor networks; mobile mapping; environmental modelling; food production; artificial intelligence; and spatial data infrastructure design and development.
Research is focused in the areas of biomechanical engineering and fluids and thermal sciences, with world-leading expertise in areas such as fluid mechanics, turbulence and biomechanics. Project areas include: fundamental fluid mechanics; drag reduction and control; applied thermodynamics and internal combustion engines; gait analysis to assist children with cerebral palsy and to prevent the elderly from falls caused by tripping; investigating joint stress in knee osteoarthritis and hamstring muscle biomechanics during sprinting.
Be ambitious in your research
There has never been a more exciting time to join us at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology. Backed by our ten-year MSE 2025 strategy we are transforming the future of engineering and IT at the University of Melbourne.
Established in 2019, the Ingenium PhD scholarship program will help develop the cohort of future Australian research leadership by providing our Ingenium Scholars with access to resources and mentorship.
The scholarship offers a generous funding package that includes a living stipend as well as travel and professional development opportunities for up to 3.5 years.
The scholarship is open to newly commencing Australian and NZ citizens and Australian permanent residents in all research areas of engineering and IT. Applications are submitted as part of the PhD online application process.
Please note 2021 applications have now closed.
Please visit our page again in January 2021 for information on how to apply for the 2022 round.
Our joint PhD programs access expertise, resources and world-class training at the University of Melbourne and a leading institution abroad. The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) has several graduate research joint PhD initiatives.
Our Australian-German Climate & Energy College offers an interdisciplinary environment for Joint PhD training with one of three German institutions: the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the University of Bayreuth, and the University of Potsdam.
Our Jülich-University of Melbourne Postgraduate Academy (JUMPA) is a multidisciplinary Joint PhD training program with the Jülich Research Centre, Germany.
Our Melbourne-CNRS Network is a multidisciplinary Joint PhD training program with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France.
Our Melbourne India Postgraduate Academy (MIPA) is a Joint PhD training program with one of three top Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs): IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur, and IIT Kharagpur.
Our Melbourne and Manchester Graduate Research Group is a multidisciplinary Joint PhD training program with the University of Manchester, United Kingdom.
Our Priestley Scholarships are offered in conjunction with University of Birmingham.
For further information and how to apply, visit the University’s Study website: