Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Writing) - 2019

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts.

Other commencement years for this course: 2018, 2017, 2016 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


Abbreviated title

PhD(Creative Writ)



Managing faculty



Associate Professor Simone Murray

Contact details

Arts Graduate ResearchArts Graduate 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 (Clayton)

Off-campus (Clayton)


Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Writing)


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 practical (creative work) component
  • professional development as part of the Monash Doctoral Program.


You must satisfy the following requirements in consultation with and under the direct supervision of a member/s of the academic staff:

1. carry out a program of research for a specified period on a topic approved by the program of enrolment, including attending and/or presenting at seminars and other related activities as indicated by the program of enrolment

2. submit for assessment a thesis component which meets the requirements of the examiners. The thesis component consists of all of the following:

a. a creative work of more than 35,000 words which may include one or more of the following: a novel; a group of short stories; a work of creative non-fiction; a play or group of plays; a sequence of poems (book length, approximately 100 pages); or a portfolio of works of various genres.

b. an accompanying critical component of more than 35,000 words that can take the form of an exegesis, a work of scholarly research or a combination of both:

  • a scholarly exegesis which comments directly on the creative work in terms of its stylistic, theoretical and literary influences
  • an independent but complementary work of scholarly research on a topic relevant to the research objectives of the creative work.

The total thesis component must not exceed 80,000 words.

Submission of a thesis including published worksthesis including published works ( may be permitted.

3. satisfactorily complete the following professional development training program: