Doctor of Philosophy (Journalism) - 2018

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Arts.

Other commencement years for this course: 2017, 2016, 2015 and more

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

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title




Managing faculty



Associate Professor Fay Anderson

Contact details

Arts ResearchArts Research (

Admission and fees


Course type


Standard duration

4 years FT, 8 years PT

3-4 years equivalent full-time

Your PhD research project is to be conceived from the outset as clearly achievable within 3 years equivalent full time, with the expectation you will complete your degree within 3 to 4 years equivalent full time.

Mode and location

On-campus (Caulfield)

Off-campus (Caulfield)


Doctor of Philosophy (Journalism)


You will undertake your doctoral studies through the Monash doctoral programMonash doctoral program ( At the core of this program is the completion of a substantial research thesis on an agreed topic under the guidance of a supervisory team. Your research training is further enhanced by professional development activities or coursework units designed to support you in your academic and professional development.

Upon completion of your doctoral studies at Monash, you will be able to demonstrate that you have successfully designed and executed a research project that makes an original and substantial contribution to your discipline. In your research journey, you will have also acquired the necessary skills and professional attributes to make an immediate and enduring impact on academia, industry, government, or community.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 10 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 10 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

You will be required to complete:

  • Monash Graduate Research Induction (online)
  • Research Integrity (online)
  • any faculty or program induction requirements.

As a student of the university, you will be required to abide by all relevant statutes, regulations, policies and procedures. This includes maintaining satisfactory progress via regular milestone reviews in accordance with the Graduate Research Progress Management policyGraduate Research Progress Management policy ( and procedures, ensuring you are undertaking research of an appropriate quality and scale as required by your course. You should refer to the University's current statutes and the University Policy BankUniversity Policy Bank ( for links to relevant policies, procedures and guidelines.


This course consists of:

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


You 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 your 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 two parts: a. a major piece of original journalistic practice together with b. a written scholarly exegesis. The materials submitted for assessment should embody evidence of the student's research methodologies and achievements at the required level.

a. The project:

  • may be produced in any publication medium appropriate to the content, including print, video, audio, 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 an in-depth journalism project appropriate for scholarly interrogation across the life of the candidature and presented in a suitable genre and medium.

b. An accompanying critical component of no less than 25,000 - 30,000 words that takes the form of an exegesis which should:

  • comment directly on the journalism project in terms of its form and stylistic, theoretical and methodological influences
  • demonstrate how the journalism practice component contributes to scholarly knowledge in the field
  • locate the exegesis as a whole within the relevant scholarly and professional literature on the research question/topic
  • be expressed in scholarly language and conventions of presentation
  • offer a defence of the contribution to knowledge made by the journalism practice outcome in concert with the exegesis.

The combined word total of the journalism project and the exegesis must not normally exceed 80,000 words, or equivalent content.

3. satisfactorily complete the following program of coursework study: