Monash University

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 Arts
CoordinatorProfessor Robin Gerster


  • 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, Caulfield or Gippsland campus. Travel to Clayton may therefore be required of some students.


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 candidates must complete one unit chosen from the following:

  • APR5021/APR6021 Research methods in linguistics and applied linguistics
  • APR5876 Theoretical issues in literary and cultural translation
  • APR6724 Literary and cultural theory: An overview

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

The unit should be completed prior to confirmation of candidature which normally occurs following:

  • 12 months (or equivalent) of probationary candidature for PhD candidates
  • 9-12 months (or equivalent) of probationary candidature for master's candidates.

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 32 hours per year in the first three years of candidature for a total of 96 hours for Doctor of Philosophy candidates
  • to the value of 24 hours in the first year of candidature for master's candidates, with a total of 48 hours required.

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 will enrol 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 Translation and interpreting studies HDR Program visit the Monash Graduate Institute of Research's Graduate Research Program PlansGraduate Research Program Plans ( webpage.

Relevant courses

  • 2695 Master of Arts
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.