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 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)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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


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

  • 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 studying in this mode must ensure regular interactive communication with their supervisor and 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