Professional development

Green Chemical Futures"As part of the Monash Doctoral Program I have also completed professional development modules in project management and statistics which have both been great. Project management is something I have always been interested in and the session also covered things like team work and team culture. The statistics course really improved my confidence and skill when it came to understanding and manipulating large data sets."
- Gerard Terradas, Graduate Researcher Faculty of Science

The Monash Doctoral Program incorporates exemplary professional development opportunities that enhance research projects by building the combination of skills required for success during the PhD and beyond.

Faculties that offer this mode of the Monash Doctoral Program:

  • Faculty of Arts (except: Film, Media and Communications);
  • Faculty of Education;
  • Faculty of Law;
  • Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (except: Public Health and Preventive Medicine AND Translational Research);
  • Monash University Accident Research Centre;
  • Monash Sustainable Development Institute;
  • Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences;
  • Faculty of Science.

Professional Development activities are a selection of research, professional and career-related development workshops and seminars designed to establish students as researchers; and give Monash graduates a competitive edge when it comes to employment opportunities.

Students in the professional development mode of the Monash Doctoral Program are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of activities. These activities are offered under 2 topics:

  • Excellence in Research & Teaching
    • A minimum of 60 hours need to be completed from this sub-topic, which is designed to develop knowledge, skills and abilities that are immediately relevant to academic life.
  • Professionalism, Innovation & Career
    • A minimum of 60 hours need to be completed from this sub-topic which is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to apply your expertise within and beyond academia.

All graduate research students are required to complete the compulsory module which includes:

  • Monash Graduate Research Induction (online);
  • Research Integrity (online);
  • Any Faculty or Program induction requirements.

Students are encouraged to plan and select professional development in consultation with their supervisors and local Graduate Research Coordinators.