The Monash PhD

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A PhD with purpose

We have created a range of dedicated PhD programs, each individually designed for a specific research area.

Find the PhD to match your research.

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Follow our step-by-step guide on how to begin your research degree at Monash.

More than a thesis

The Monash PhD is one of Australia's first PhDs with career enhancement built into the doctorate. It's a PhD that will prepare you for work beyond your degree.

In January 2013, we introduced a range of dedicated, discipline-specific PhDs. Each has been designed to deliver knowledge specific to your field, along with professional development that builds a range of transferable skills desired by employers in industry, academia, government and the community.

The following faculties introduced PhD programs that combine either coursework and/or training in 2013 and 2014:
  • Faculty of  Art, Design & Architecture
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Business and Economics
  • Faculty of Information Technology
  • Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Faculty of Science (Biological Sciences only)

The remaining faculties will commence the Monash PhD in 2015.

To learn more about each faculty’s PhD programs, visit the Program Plan page.

Think beyond university

The Monash PhD includes at least three months of professional development coursework and/or training in addition to a thesis.

The extra professional development will enhance your research and ensure you are equipped with the necessary skills to fulfill your career ambitions after you have graduated.

Training will be provided through the Monash University Institute of Graduate Research and the faculties to ensure you receive generic skills as well as professional development relevant to your research discipline.

You will have access to a variety of training and coursework options that will be tailored to suit your individual program. Generic topics to enhance your employability may include communication skills, personal effectiveness, teamwork and networking, career management, and financial management. Discipline-specific topics are designed by academics with a thorough understanding of their discipline and related industry, and cover technical, research and academic skills.

If you have completed equivalent coursework at an appropriate level, or can supply evidence of experience or previous training in an activity that is part of your program, you may be able to apply for credit or complete an alternative activity.

All of these professional development advantages are built into the Monash PhD. You won't have to complicate or extend your schedule by trying to attend unrelated programs or short courses.

Expert supervision

High-quality supervision will always be at the heart of the Monash PhD – and you will work with at least two supervisors to ensure you benefit from the knowledge and experience of our diverse research community.

All of our main supervisors are accredited members of the Monash University Institute of Graduate Research, which means they are active researchers and are abreast of the latest developments in their field. They also have the skills needed to guide you through your entire PhD, from the formation of an idea to submission of your thesis. It’s this kind of insistence on quality that sets us apart.

In addition to expert supervision, you'll also have access to additional support, including statistical consulting services and English language assistance, where required.

The Monash PhD will enhance your research experience and ensure you graduate with the research and professional skills required to become a leader in your chosen field.