Monash University

Research - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2013 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 Science
Offered bySchool of Biological Sciences
CoordinatorDr Elizabeth McGraw


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This program is only available to students enrolled at Clayton campus undertaking studies in biological sciences.


This program provides doctoral (PhD) candidates with the opportunity to focus on developing knowledge and expertise in their chosen subject, as well as developing professional skills that will support candidate's career ambitions.

Each candidate's research will be supported by the development of a range of skills that will help them to become more efficient researchers, ultimately improving the quality of the research and developing generic/transferable skills of value to prospective employers.

Program requirements

Skills training component

Candidates must, in consultation with and under the direct supervision of a member/s of the academic staff, satisfactorily complete training modules:

  • to the value of 192 hours for Doctor of Philosophy candidates, 41 hours of which is to be completed prior to confirmation.

It is a requirement of higher degree by research training in the Faculty of Science that a portfolio/research log be kept by candidates that reflects on each attendance at research training. This log is to be submitted at each candidature milestone panel meeting. Attendance will be monitored to ensure hours are accurately recorded.

Skills training units

All PhD candidates enrol in the following training units at the beginning of their candidature:

Candidates will enrol in additional non-compulsory training units to complete the requisite hours of their program at an appropriate milestone during candidature.

Additional options include:

A grade of satisfied/not yet satisfied will be recorded for each training unit at the end of the candidature.

Candidates may also be directed or encouraged to attend and make presentations at various forums throughout their candidature.

For detailed information about the options available in the biological sciences HDR program visit

Relevant courses

0057 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.