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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titlePhDEduc
CRICOS code041043E
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton, Gippsland, Peninsula)
Off-campus (Clayton, Gippsland, Hong Kong, Peninsula, Singapore)
Multi-modal (Clayton, Gippsland, Peninsula)
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9905 2821 or +61 3 9905 9498

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Joanne Deppeler


The PhD program in the Faculty of Education may be undertaken in the principal areas of research offered by the faculty. These include:

  • early childhood, primary and secondary education
  • inclusive/special and gifted education
  • information and communication technology in education
  • international education
  • leadership and policy development
  • literacy studies
  • mathematics and science education
  • music education
  • school and organisational leadership
  • work and learning studies
  • educational and developmental psychology
  • counselling, counselling psychology, mentoring and coaching
  • professional development studies
  • teaching English as a foreign or second language
  • sport and outdoor recreation.

External candidature

Candidature by external mode is available and can be on a full-time or part-time basis. Prospective candidates applying for this mode must be able to ensure regular interactive communication with their supervisor and be able to undertake the equivalent of five days of full-time study within the University each year although this requirement may be relaxed in later years depending on the candidate's progress.


Students undertake a program of supervised research and submit a thesis of up to 100,000 words. The thesis should offer a significant contribution to knowledge in the discipline concerned and demonstrate the student's capacity to carry out independent research.


Doctor of Philosophy