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Students who commenced study in 2016 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.

Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

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Course type

Doctorate by research

Standard duration

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.

Mode and location

On-campus (Caulfield)
Off-campus (Caulfield)


Doctor of Philosophy (Journalism)


Enrolment 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 enrolment.

Students are also required to complete coursework as part of the Monash doctoral programMonash doctoral program ( This discipline-specific coursework is designed to impart skills and knowledge that will assist students to conduct their research.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 3 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 10, the Bologna Cycle 3 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

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 student's capacity to carry out independent original research.

Conditions of enrolment

Students are to refer to the Handbook for Doctoral DegreesHandbook for Doctoral Degrees ( for all policies and procedures relating to their enrolment.


This course consists of:

  • a research and thesis component
  • a coursework study program.


Students must, in consultation with and under the direct supervision of a member/s of the academic staff:

(1.) carry out a program of research on an agreed topic approved by the school or department of enrolment 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 relevant department/school

(2.) submit for assessment a major piece of original journalistic research together with a written critical commentary of not more than 80,000 words on the program of research which meets the requirements of the examiners. The research component should be no less than 40,000 words or equivalent and the critical commentary no less than 20,000 words.

The materials submitted for assessment should embody evidence of the student's research methodologies and achievements at the required level. The project:

  • may be produced in any publication medium appropriate to the content, including print, video, radio, digital multimedia and exhibition; there is considerable flexibility and scope for innovation in the design of the form and content of the journalism project and students should liaise closely with the proposed supervisory team to formulate a rigorous and original project
  • must be of a scale/length/duration that would normally be produced and published within the approved medium as an outcome of two year's full-time work, e.g. a feature-length (70-90 minutes) film/video documentary where the student is researcher and writer and director; a non-fiction book of 50,000 - 80,000 words; a series of six thematically related 45-minute video documentaries where the student is researcher, journalist and interviewer/presenter as part of a larger television production team; or a series of ten 50-60 minute radio documentaries researched, produced and presented by the student.

The critical commentary should demonstrate how the professional/creative component contributes to scholarly knowledge in the field. It should address contextual, methodological and/or theoretical issues related to the themes or issues explored in the journalism project. It should demonstrate that the student has acquired the ability to research and contribute to journalism studies, and should be between 25,000-35,000 words.

(3.) satisfactorily complete a program of coursework study as outlined under 'PhD programs' below.

Students are required to undertake regular progress milestones to support them in conducting research of an appropriate quality, originality and depth as required by their course of study, in accordance with the Graduate Research Progress Management policyGraduate Research Progress Management policy ( and supporting procedures.