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Monash University Handbook 2010


The Master of Science (MSc) is a research-based program primarily aimed at further training for Bachelor of Science with honours graduates. Research may be undertaken within all schools of the faculty, the School of Geography and Environmental Science in the Faculty of Arts, and the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC). The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees are extensive research-based programs offering further training also primarily for Bachelor of Science with honours graduates. Candidates for the MSc by research, MPhil or PhD who do not meet the standard eligibility requirements for entry to these programs may undertake the Master of Science Preliminary (MScPrelim). This involves a combination of both coursework and research activities, but is included below in this `Graduate studies by research' section because of its role in preparation of students for further research studies.


On admitting a candidate to a research program, the faculty board will, on the recommendation of the head of school, appoint a member of the academic staff of the university as a supervisor. It may also appoint an associate supervisor who need not be an academic staff member but someone of recognised standing in the field. Both supervisors are responsible to the faculty board.

Research fellows and postdoctoral fellows may be appointed as supervisors if their terms of appointment exceed the periods of candidature, they have previous experience in supervising higher degree candidates, and they have a proven and current research record. Otherwise they may be appointed as associate supervisors.

Further information about research in the Faculty of Science can be obtained from the graduate studies website at, or the Faculty of Science office by email at

Scholarships and exemptions

Full-time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and masters by research candidates with an honours H1 degree or the equivalent may apply for a range of research scholarships, including the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and the Monash Graduate Scholarship (MGS). Further details may be obtained from the Monash Research Graduate School by email at or by telephone on +61 3 9905 3009.

Master of Science Preliminary

This is a qualifying program combining research and coursework for candidates seeking admission to further studies at masters or PhD level. See the entry in the `Graduate studies by research' section above.