Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Business and Economics

Managing facultyBusiness and Economics
Abbreviated titlePhDBusEco
CRICOS code037832K
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Berwick, Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland, Peninsula, Sunway)
Off-campus (Berwick, Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland, Peninsula, Sunway)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Faculty Research Office: telephone + 61 3 9905 2483; email

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Ingrid Nielsen


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


Candidature in a Doctor of Philosophy involves the independent investigation of a research problem that has been formulated by the candidate. It is expected that the research undertaken will make a significant contribution to the discipline in which the candidate is enrolled. Doctoral candidates are supported by a minimum of two supervisors throughout their candidature.

In some discipline areas on some campuses, candidates are required to complete a compulsory program of coursework and/or training. These discipline-specific programs are designed to impart skills and knowledge that will assist candidates to conduct their research.


Successful completion of the program will signify that the holder has completed a course of postgraduate training in research under proper academic supervision and has submitted a thesis that the examiners have declared to be a significant contribution to knowledge and which demonstrates the candidate's capacity to carry out independent research.

Candidature rules

For all candidature rules and other important information for PhD candidates refer to the 'Handbook for Doctoral and MPhil Degrees' available at


This course consists of:

  • a research and thesis component
  • for candidates enrolled in on-campus mode at a Monash Australia campus, a coursework study and training program, excepting candidates studying in the following areas who are not currently eligible:
  • Department of Business Law and Taxation
  • Centre for Health Economics
  • Centre of Policy Studies.

Students not currently eligible for the coursework study and training programs may be given the opportunity to participate in a program at a later date.

Admission to programs for external candidates will be considered on an individual basis.

Areas of study

Research topics are available in most of the faculty's areas of research strengths, depending on supervision and resource availability. Refer to the faculty's principal areas of research strength at

Each candidate required to undertake a coursework study and training program will be assigned to the program most relevant to their research focus from the following:


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

(a.) carry out a program of research on an agreed topic approved by the school or department of enrolment in the candidate's chosen discipline for a specified period, including attending and/or presenting at seminars and other related activities as indicated by the relevant department/school

(b.) submit for assessment a thesis of not more than 100,000 words on the program of research which meets the requirements of the examiners. Submission of the thesis based on or partially based on conjointly published or unpublished work may be permitted.

(c.) if enrolled as an eligible on-campus student at a Monash Australia campus, or an external candidate approved to participate in the program, satisfactorily complete of one of the programs of coursework study and training as outlined under 'Areas of study'.

Candidates must pass all coursework units with a minimum result of 70 per cent. If a candidate fails to achieve the required grade for a unit they can repeat the entire unit once in a later semester. Candidates who fail to achieve the required grade in the repeat attempt of the unit will be subject to a termination process under the Candidature Progress Management RegulationsCandidature Progress Management Regulations ( (refer also to the Candidature Progress Management policypolicy ( and proceduresprocedures (


Doctor of Philosophy