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 Arts
Campus(es)Caulfield, Clayton
CoordinatorAssociate Professor Dirk Balztly


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Coursework will be delivered on the Clayton campus; students may be enrolled in their course at Clayton or Gippsland campus. Travel to Clayton 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 register2013 Handbook change register (

This program provides doctoral (PhD) and master's by research 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 PhD and master's candidates must complete one unit, normally prior to confirmation of their candidature. Candidates complete one of the following units appropriate to the thesis topic chosen in consultation with their thesis supervisor:

Credit for the chosen unit may be granted to PhD candidates if it has been completed as part of previous master's-level studies.

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, with 38 hours to be completed prior to confirmation.
  • to the value of 48 hours for master's candidates, with a total of 38 hours 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 Arts 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 candidates enrol in the following training units at the beginning of their candidature:

Candidates may enroll in additional optional units to complete the designated hours for their course, at an appropriate milestone during candidature. The 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 philosophy HDR program visit

Relevant courses

  • 2695 Master of Arts
  • 2704 Master of Bioethics
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.