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 Business and Economics
Offered byDepartment of Management
Campus(es)Caulfield, Clayton
CoordinatorProfessor Fang Cooke


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Coursework units will be delivered on the Caulfield campus; students may be enrolled in their course at any Monash Australia campus. Travel to Caulfield may therefore be required of some students.


NOTE: This area of study entry has had one or more changes made to it since publication on 1 October 2012. For details of changes, please consult the 2013 Handbook change register.

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

Coursework component

All candidates must complete one core unit and one research methods unit, normally prior to confirmation of their candidature:

  • BEX6300 Philosophy of research
  • BEX6100 Advanced quantitative research methods or BEX6200 Advanced qualitative research methods

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 96 hours for Doctor of Philosophy candidates, 27.5 hours of which is to be completed prior to confirmation.

Candidates will discuss with their supervisors which optional training components best suit their interests and area of study, undertake the approved training, and keep records of training attended. Candidates are required to update their supervisors on their progress toward achieving the required hours of training.

It is a requirement of higher degree by research training in the Faculty of Business and Economics that a portfolio/research log be kept by candidates that reflects on each attendance at research training. This log is to be submitted as part of confirmation panels. 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.

For detailed information about the options available in the management HDR program visit

Relevant courses

0029 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.