Research - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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CoordinatorDr Janet Stanley


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This program provides doctoral (PhD) students with the opportunity to focus on developing knowledge and expertise in their chosen discipline, as well as developing professional skills that will support their career ambitions.

Each student's research will be supported by the development of a range of skills that will help them to become more efficient researchers, ultimately improving the quality of the research and developing generic/transferable skills of value to prospective employers.

Program requirements

All PhD students will be required to undertake compulsory training in the following areas:

  • research integrity
  • student induction, including occupational health and safety (where required).

Professional development component

Students must, in consultation with their supervisor(s), satisfactorily complete a minimum of 120 hours of graduate research professional development activities:

  • 80 hours (minimum) of general professional development from the Graduate Researcher Development module, delivered through the Monash Institute of Graduate Research
  • 40 hours (minimum) of discipline-specific professional development, from the Discipline Enhanced Development Module, delivered through the institute.

Students are required to update their supervisors on their progress toward achieving the required hours of professional development activities.

Attendance will be monitored to ensure hours are accurately recorded.

Students will be required to:

  • attend various forums throughout their candidature after consultation with their supervisor
  • organise/facilitate/plan forums or workshops as part of their candidature
  • keep a professional development journal, relating to relevant seminars, workshops or conferences they attend/organise, for submission to their supervisor.

For detailed information about the options available in this PhD program visit the Monash Institute of Graduate Research's Monash Doctoral ProgramMonash Doctoral Program ( webpage.

Relevant courses

2710 Doctor of Philosophy