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Monash University

Doctor of Medicine

Course code: 3852 (supervised); 3853 (unsupervised*) ~ Course abbreviation: MD ~ 8 semesters full-time, 16 semesters part-time ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield; Clayton; Gippsland; Peninsula; or approved off-site locations)

Off-campus (Caulfield; Clayton; Gippsland; Peninsula)

    * The MD (unsupervised) is only available to domestic students.

Course description

The MD is a research degree which requires a candidate to submit a thesis. The work undertaken as part of this research degree must constitute a significant contribution to the knowledge and understanding of a field of study of direct concern to the faculty, and must demonstrate the capacity of the candidate to carry out independent research. The work presented for examination must be the original work of the candidate, except where due reference is made in the text. A candidate may include published work which is directly relevant to the argument of the thesis. Candidates may not present in, or in support of, a thesis any work which the candidate has presented for any other degree or diploma at this university, or any other institution.

A candidate for MD (supervised) is required to carry out a prescribed program of research for a specified period under the direct supervision of a member of the academic staff. The supervisor, in consultation with the candidate, is responsible for developing the research program to be followed by the candidate, and for reporting at regular intervals on the candidate's progress.

Course objectives

Students who have completed the course will demonstrate a thorough understanding of relevant research techniques in their field through a review of the relevant literature. They will demonstrate their ability, under supervision to apply relevant research techniques to their chosen field of study. Students will be able to present high-quality written work suitable for publication in appropriate scholarly journals, and be able to critically evaluate both their own and others' written work in their chosen field. Students will also be able to: 1. identify and define research questions; 2. identify the appropriate research methods to address the research questions; 3. demonstrate mastery of their chosen research methodology/methodologies; 4. demonstrate theoretical knowledge at doctoral level in their chosen field of research; 5. communicate their research findings in a format appropriate to their academic discipline; 6. write up their research into a high quality thesis; and 7. contribute new information or new ways of understanding information in the field of research.

Course structure

Course requirements

The degree may be undertaken in two modes - with supervision over a period of three to four years full-time or four to eight years part-time, or without supervision (candidates in this mode have no attendance or supervision requirements). The MD (unsupervised) is only available to domestic students.

Students submit a thesis of approximately 100,000 words.

Contact details

Dr Jennifer Scott, Manager (Research Degrees), telephone +61 3 9905 4313; email or visit

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Igor Wendt