Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course 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 course.

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

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titlePhDArts
CRICOS code037831M
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland, Sunway)
Off-campus (Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Studies in 'Critical theory' and 'Music composition' are only available on-campus (Clayton).


The PhD program offered in the Faculty of Arts enables students to complete extensive, independent research under the supervision of an expert academic. Candidates in the program write and submit a thesis that represents a significant contribution to the body of knowledge or understanding of their field of research.

Research component

100 per cent


The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by 100 per cent research is available in a range of disciplines and is taken by submission of a thesis on a topic, which is decided in consultation with staff in the student's chosen discipline and approved by the school of enrolment. For detailed descriptions of supervised research disciplines available, refer to relevant entries under 'Areas of study'( in the Faculty of Arts section in this handbook, or visit the supervision matrix at

The PhD may also be undertaken by a combination of thesis and coursework in the discipline of critical theory as outlined below.

Critical theory variation

Students complete of two 12-point coursework units and a 60,000 to 75,000-word research thesis on an approved topic.

Students complete two of:

Candidates taking the PhD by research only may enrol in individual units. These units are also available to other Arts faculty PhD students working in the general area of literary and cultural studies, subject to approval by the graduate coordinator of the discipline of enrolment.


Doctor of Philosophy