Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 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 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education.

Course code0079
Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titlePhDEduc
CRICOS code041043E
Standard duration of study (years)

3-4 years equivalent full-time

The student's PhD research project is to be conceived from the outset as clearly achievable within 3 years equivalent full time, with students expected to complete their degree within 3 to 4 years equivalent full time.

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Berwick, Clayton, Peninsula)
Off-campus (Berwick, Clayton, Peninsula)
Multi-modal (Clayton, Peninsula)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Research degrees officeResearch degrees office (


  • 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 student. It is expected that the research undertaken will make a significant contribution to the discipline in which the student is enrolled. Doctoral students are supported by a minimum of two supervisors throughout their candidature.


Successful completion of the course signifies that the holder has completed a course of postgraduate training in research under appropriate academic supervision and has submitted a thesis that the examiners have declared to be a significant contribution to knowledge and which demonstrates the student'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. The panel approves the upgrade of the student's status from probationary to confirmed candidature.

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


This course consists of:

  • a research and thesis component
  • a professioanl development training program.

Areas of research

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

  • curriculum and pedagogy
  • early childhood education
  • educational psychology and inclusive education
  • mathematics, science and technology
  • teacher education, language, arts and professional learning
  • work, learning and leadership.

For further information on research topics refer to How to apply for a research degreeHow to apply for a research degree (


student must, in consultation with and under the direct supervision of academic staff:

(a.) carry out a program of research on an agreed topic approved by the faculty in the student'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 80,000 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 workconjointly published or unpublished work ( may be permitted.

(c.) satisfactorily complete a program of professional development training as outlined under 'Areas of study'.

Areas of study


Doctor of Philosophy