Monash University

Research - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this area of study 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 area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Offered bySchool of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
CoordinatorDr Rory Wolfe (Clayton);Professor Pascale Allotey (Malaysia)


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This program is offered off-campus with on-campus components at the Alfred Hospital, and at Monash University Malaysia, and is also applicable to students studying externally.


This program provides doctoral (PhD) students with the opportunity to focus on developing knowledge and expertise in their chosen discipline, as well as developing professional skills that will support their career ambitions.

Each student'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

All research students will be required to undertake compulsory training in the following areas:

  • research integrity
  • student induction, including occupational health and safety (where required).

Coursework component

All PhD students must complete the following two 0-credit-point coursework units, normally prior to confirmation of their candidature:

Students are also required to complete the 'Good research practice' short course delivered by the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine within their first year of candidature.


With the agreement of the school's PhD program coordinator and the student's main supervisor, a student may:

  • in exceptional circumstances complete an elective unit in place of one of the required coursework units
  • additionally complete up to two elective units - while this is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged in order to add breadth to the student's training.

Students may also be directed or encouraged to attend and make presentations at various forums throughout their candidature.

Relevant courses

0047 Doctor of Philosophy