Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titlePhDEduc
CRICOS code041043E
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Berwick, Clayton, Peninsula)
Off-campus (Berwick, Clayton, Peninsula)
Multi-modal (Clayton, Peninsula)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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  • 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.


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

The first nine to twelve months' full-time (or equivalent) is a period of probationary candidature. After the first nine to twelve months' full-time (or equivalent) candidature, students are required to prepare a research proposal and present it orally to a panel of academic staff. If the panel agrees, the student's status changes from probationary to confirmed candidature.

For all candidature rules and other important information for PhD candidates refer to the Handbook for Doctoral degreesHandbook for Doctoral degrees (


This course consists of a research and thesis component.

Areas of research

The PhD program in the Faculty of Education may be undertaken in the following principal areas of research offered by the faculty:

  • early childhood, primary and secondary education
  • inclusive/special and gifted education
  • information and communication technology in education
  • international education
  • leadership and policy development
  • literacy studies
  • mathematics and science education
  • music education
  • school and organisational leadership
  • work and learning studies
  • educational and developmental psychology
  • counselling, counselling psychology, mentoring and coaching
  • professional development studies
  • teaching English as a foreign or second language
  • sport and outdoor recreation.


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 faculty 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 faculty.

(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.


Doctor of Philosophy