Whether you want to get ahead in your career faster, or improve your knowledge, a Monash postgraduate degree can give you a distinct advantage.

At a glance

For students looking to begin study in 2016.

Course Details

Location(s): On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
On-campus at Malaysia: Full time & part time
Off-campus: Full time & part time
Duration: 3-4 years (full time), 6-8 years (part time)
Start date: Throughout the year
Qualification: Doctor of Philosophy

Information about fees


The PhD program offered in the Faculty of Arts enables students to complete extensive, independent research on your agreed chosen topic, while supported by a minimum of two academic supervisors. You will complete a series of research training activities or coursework, and produce a research thesis of no more than 80,000 words (or alternative approved output) making  a valuable contribution to the current body of knowledge on your chosen topic.

Monash Arts is renowned for innovative, engaging and high quality research in the humanities and social sciences and the Research Graduate School is committed to providing graduate research education of the highest quality in a stimulating, supportive and professional environment.

Depending on supervision and resource availability, research topics are available in most areas of research strength including: Cultural HeritageEnvironmental SustainabilityInterpreting CulturesPhilosophy and Bioethics; Social and Cultural TheoryGlobal Change and Global SecurityHealth, Wellbeing and Social Change; and Performance

As part of the Monash Doctoral Program, your coursework study and training program will support your research focus, chosen from Film, media and communications; Historical studies; Linguistics and applied linguistics; Literary and cultural studies; Philosophy; Social and political sciences; or Theatre, performance and music.  These discipline-specific and professional development activities are designed to impart skills and knowledge that will assist you in conducting your research.

Increasingly Arts research graduates are pursuing careers on the professional job market, responding to the needs of the 21st century. Research graduates now seek skills and training for many purposes: to collaborate with other researchers, manage teams, develop research strategies, be competitive in attracting research funding, gain patents and engage people in social change.

Speciality course

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum entry requirements


Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy requires one of the following minimum qualifications in a relevant discipline:

  • a four year Australian or New Zealand bachelor's degree with a minimum overall result of H2A (a mark of 70 or above) normally with a research component in the fourth year; or
  • an Australian or New Zealand master's preliminary qualification with a significant research component and with a minimum overall result of H2A (a mark of 70 or above); or
  • an Australian or New Zealand coursework master's degree with a significant research component graded at a minimum Distinction (a mark of 70 or above), and a minimum overall result of Distinction (a mark of 70 or above); or
  • an Australian or New Zealand research master's degree with a minimum overall result of H2A (a mark of 70 or above); or
  • qualifications or experience that the Graduate Research Committee considers to be equivalent to, or a satisfactory substitute for, the above.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Applications for this course can be accepted at anytime.

Applications for this course are submitted via the research degree and scholarship online application form.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: 0020

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Domestic fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.

Fees to be advised.

Research Training Scheme (RTS)

RTS places are available to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Note: Fees for courses offered in Malaysia and South Africa will differ from those shown here.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

For more information visit the faculty website