2.1 Admission criteria

2.1 Admission criteria
2.2 English language proficiency
2.3 Credit provision for PhD, professional doctorates and MPhil degrees
2.4 Degree or institution transfer
2.5 Application for student visa (international students)
2.6 Application procedures
2.7 Research-related employment which overlaps enrolment
2.8 Admission and commencement
2.9 Concurrent enrolment
2.10 Conditional enrolment
2.11 Probationary enrolment
2.12 Ethics approval
2.13 Intellectual property (ownership)

2.1 Admission criteria

All  applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent  research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course  of study. In all cases, the qualifications described below must be from Monash  University or an equivalent institution in the opinion of the Graduate Research  Committee (GRC).

2.1.1  PhD

2.1.1.1 Standard entry

The  minimum qualifications for admission to PhD enrolment are:

  • a bachelor's degree  requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant field, and which  normally includes a research component in the fourth year, leading to an  honours 1 or 2A in a relevant field;
  • a course leading to a  level rated by the relevant department, faculty and committee as equivalent to  an honours 1 or 2A in a relevant field;
  • a master's degree that entails work, normally including a significant research component, including at least 25% of one full time equivalent  year of work, including a thesis. It is normally expected that a grade of honours 2A has been obtained for the research thesis or project. Where ungraded, examiners' reports will be taken into account; or
  • have qualifications  which in the opinion of GRC are deemed equivalent.

2.1.1.2 PhD in the specialty of music performance

Admission  to the PhD (Music Performance) will require one of the following qualifications  in music performance or a related discipline as well as substantial documented  professional experience in the field:

  • a four year Australian  or New Zealand bachelor's degree with an overall result of honours 2A or above  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 an overall result of honours 2A or above; or
  • an Australian or New  Zealand coursework master's degree with a significant research component graded  at distinction or above, and an overall result of honours 2A or above; or
  • an Australian or New  Zealand research master's degree with an overall result of honours 2A or above;  or
  • a qualification  considered equivalent to one of the above (a minimum of a bachelor's degree  with substantial professional experience in the field).

Applicants  will be required to perform a 30-minute audition followed by a 30-minute  interview. In the case of overseas or interstate applicants, a video recording  of a performance will be accepted for consideration in lieu of an audition. The  audition process requires the nomination of two references from referees who  can speak to both an applicant's academic training as well as performance  abilities.
Applicants must also submit evidence of practical work in the field which will  include the following:

  1. A representative selection of the student's performance work, in the practice genre in which the student proposes to work (i.e. audio and/or audio-visual recordings and performance highlights).
  2. A research proposal of 2–3 pages addressing the following headings:
    1. Research question
    2. Background to the research
    3. Aims of the research
    4. Methodologies of the  research
    5. Examples of comparative  practice as research and associated literature
    6. Proposed structure of the  performance project
  3. A cover letter explaining the student's interest in the degree and a curriculum vitae outlining the student's professional interests, previous performance projects, and publications, if any.

2.1.1.3 PhD in the specialty of translation studies

Admission  to the PhD (Translation Studies) will require one of the following  qualifications in translation studies, literary or cultural and intercultural  studies:

  • a four year Australian  or New Zealand bachelor's degree with an overall result of honours 2A 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 an overall result of honours 2A or above; or
  • an Australian or New  Zealand coursework master's degree with a significant research component graded  at Distinction or above, and an overall result of Distinction or above; or
  • an Australian or New  Zealand research master's degree with an overall result of honours 2A or above;  or
  • a qualification  considered equivalent to one of the above (a minimum of a bachelor's degree  with substantial professional experience in the field).

2.1.1.4 PhD in the specialty of Journalism

Admission  to the PhD (Journalism) will require one of the following qualifications in journalism  or a related discipline as well as substantial documented professional  experience in the field:

  1. a  four year Australian or New Zealand bachelor's degree or equivalent  international qualification with an overall result of honours 2A or above  (normally with a research component in the fourth year); or
  2. an  Australian or New Zealand master's preliminary qualification with a significant  research component and with an overall result of honours 2A or above; or
  3. an  Australian or New Zealand coursework master's degree with a significant  research component graded at distinction or above, and an overall result of honours  2A or above; or
  4. an  Australian or New Zealand research master's degree with an overall result of  honours 2A or above; or
  5. a  qualification considered equivalent to one of the above (a minimum of a  bachelor's degree with substantial professional experience in the field in the  form of publications, performances and collaborations).

Applicants  will be required to submit evidence of practical work in the field in a  portfolio which will include the following:

  1. A  research proposal of 2-3 pages addressing the following headings:
    1. The research question
    2. The background to the research
    3. The aims of the research
    4. The methodologies underpinning the  research
    5. The associated literature and any  examples of comparative practice as research
    6. The proposed structure of the practice/creative  based project
  2. A  cover letter explaining the student's interest in the degree; and
  3. A  CV outlining the student's professional interests, previous research and  publications, if any.

2.1.2 Staff PhD enrolment

From 28 May 2014, no new enrolments into the Staff PhD are being accepted.

2.1.3  Doctor of Medicine (MD)

2.1.3.1 MD with supervision

No new enrolments into this study program are being accepted.

2.1.3.2 MD without supervision

From 28 May 2014, no new enrolments into this study program are being accepted.

2.1.4  Doctor of Education (EdD)

To be  eligible for EdD enrolment an applicant must have:

  • the degree of Master of  Education (Research) by research or Master of Educational Studies (by  coursework and minor project); or
  • a degree or its  equivalent in education or a cognate field with honours 1 or 2A; or
  • qualifications which, in  the opinion of the faculty board and GRC, are equivalent to, or are a  satisfactory substitute for, any of the qualifications above.

In  addition to one of the above, applicants must have at least three years of  full-time or equivalent part-time experience as an educator in an educational  or other institution approved by the faculty board.
Commencing students are not presently being admitted to this program.

2.1.5  Doctor of Psychology (DPsych)

To be  eligible for admission to the DPsych program, prospective students must  demonstrate suitability for work as a professional psychologist and must have:

  • a master's degree in psychology ; or
  • a bachelor's degree with  honours 1 or 2A in psychology; or
  • qualifications which are  considered by GRC to be equivalent to, or a satisfactory substitute for, the  above qualifications.

2.1.6  Doctor of Public Health (DPH)

No new enrolments into this study program are being accepted.

2.1.7  Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)

No new enrolments into this study program are being accepted.

2.1.8  Higher doctorate

An  applicant for admission to one of the University's higher  doctorate degrees must:

  • have qualified, not less  than seven years previously, for a degree of Monash University in a relevant  field; and
  • be a current member of  the teaching or research staff of the University and have been so for not less  than six consecutive years full-time or an equivalent number of consecutive  years part-time; or
  • have qualified, not less  than seven years previously, for a degree of another educational institution in  a relevant field; and
  • have had a close  research association with the University for not less than six years.

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