Research - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 Economics
CoordinatorProfessor Jeff LaFrance


  • 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 Clayton campus; students may be enrolled in their course at any Monash Australia campus. Travel to Clayton may therefore be required of some students.


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 five core units and one econometrics and business statistics unit if they have not previously completed an equivalent unit at honours level. Three units must be completed in semester one, with the others completed in semester two:

  • BEX5650 Microeconomic theory
  • BEX5660 Macroeconomic theory
  • BEX5850 Mathematical economic theory
  • BEX6650 Research topics in advanced microeconomics
  • BEX6660 Research topics in advanced macroeconomics

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 9.5 hours for Doctor of Philosophy candidates, to be completed prior to confirmation.

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:

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 economics HDR program visit the Monash Institute for Graduate Research's Graduate Research Program PlansGraduate Research Program Plans ( webpage.

Relevant courses

0029 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.