Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of Study

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; 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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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Applied Media and Social Sciences
School of English, Communications and Performance Studies
Campus(es)Clayton, Gippsland


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


The Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies has an international reputation for its postgraduate research training and graduate education.

Particular research strengths in comparative literature include European, Asian and Latin American literature; romanticism, modernism and postmodernism; literature and philosophy; and comparative literary theory.

Research strengths in cultural studies include postcolonial culture; genre studies; graphic novels; New Hollywood; Japanese popular culture; science fiction; and cyber culture. Cultural studies at Monash seek to problematise the binary oppositions between high and low culture and make use of a broad range of theoretical perspectives.


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)

Offered by the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies

Students complete two core units (24 points) and two elective units (24 points) from the following list.

Core units

  • APG4722 Critical theory research project part 1
  • APG4723 Critical theory research project part 2

Elective units

  • APG4265 Poetics
  • APG4266 Deleuze and Foucault
  • APG4267 Hermeneutics
  • APG4418 Semiotic and poststructural theory of literature and culture

Coursework units and the research project thesis topic are chosen in consultation with the comparative literature and cultural studies postgraduate coordinator.

Course coordinator

Professor Andrew Milner

Further courses

For a list of units studied or course outlines, refer to the relevant courses.

Relevant courses

  • 3937 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.