Partnered PhD Program

PhD in Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) at UAS Technikum Wien in Vienna

Starting in March 2013, it is possible to complete a doctoral degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) in Australia at UAS Technikum Wien. This program is geared towards all prospective candidates in Austria and from other countries. Upon successful completion of the program, doctoral candidates are awarded a PhD in Engineering.

Subject areas

Topics from a wide range of engineering research fields are possible, but they must be related to the multidisciplinary research area of sports technology. For example, suitable subject areas include topics from the field of materials technologies (e.g. new technologies in functional clothing, innovative surface materials in Alpine and Nordic sports), from the field of embedded systems (e.g. wearable devices for athletes, performance measurement in cycling), from the field of biomechanics or from other fields such as sports aerodynamics and design.


The full-time PhD degree program at RMIT generally lasts three and a half to a maximum of four years.


The program costs for a full-time students amount to AUD 18,000 per academic year. Companies that propose PhD topics and wish to sponsor the research students working on their projects may also cover the costs of the program.

In order to be eligible to apply for a place in the partnered PhD research program, candidates must demonstrate that they have acquired one of the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field of study with a research project lasting at least one semester
  • Bachelor’s degree of minimum 4 year duration with first class merit honors or equivalent 
  • Other admission requirements or qualifications (assessed by RMIT and UAS Technikum Wien if necessary)

Language skills

All communication in the partnered PhD program takes place in English. Therefore, candidates must have a sufficient command of English. In order to meet the language skill requirement, candidates must fit into one of the categories described in the English language requirements and equivalency information of the RMIT University.

How to apply 

Applications for the partnered PhD program are connected with a research topic. The topics can be announced by RMIT or UAS Technikum Wien or proposed by the candidates themselves for consideration. This can occur with or without the support of a company. Proposed topics are evaluated by both institutions. Upon successful evaluation, candidates are invited to register for the RMIT Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) program at UAS Technikum Wien.


Please be aware that all communication must be in English. The application must contain the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • One-page project description (research proposal/one-page brief)
  • Verification of fulfillment of admission requirements  (certified copies of academic transcript and English requirements)

Please send your application by e-mail to the following address:

Candidates accepted into the program are PhD students of RMIT University based at UAS Technikum Wien in Vienna. The infrastructure (library, library databases, printers, workstations, etc.) and Internet infrastructure (online libraries, library databases, e-mail address) of the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien are provided to the students for the duration of their program. A supervisor from RMIT (first supervisor) and a supervisor from UAS Technikum Wien (second supervisor) are appointed to provide students with guidance in all aspects of the research program. Regular personal meetings or video conferences ensure intensive, thorough supervision for students. The program can be started in February or in July each year.

Courses in the partnered PhD program

Students enrolled in the RMIT Partnered PhD Program at UAS Technikum Wien in Vienna, are required to complete the Research Methods course in the first year of their program, which is provided on-line by RMIT in conjunction with local support.