How to apply

The joint PhD is a challenging program intended for high quality students, who are able to spend at least 12 months at the partner university, so be sure that this form of graduate research degree is right for you. You should be dedicated to your topic of research and prepared for several years of rewarding but challenging study.

Entry criteria

All applicants (including self-funded applicants) will be considered against the same rigorous academic requirements. The entry requirements are as follows:

  • You should have the capacity to carry out advanced independent research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study.
  • You should have a minimum of four years tertiary study, with a substantive research component, usually in the final year, to the following standards:
    • Australian applicants:
      • Minimum of a first-class honours degree (or equivalent).
    • UK applicants:
      • Science PhDs: a 2.1+ from a 3-year Bachelor's degree; or 2.1+ from a 4-year Integrated Master's degree (or the equivalent from other countries).
      • Non-Science PhDs: a strong 1-year Master's degree with a substantial research component in addition to a good Bachelor's degree (or the equivalent from other countries).

Applying for a research degree is a time-consuming process. You should make sure that you understand all the work that leads up to the submission of the application form.

Application process

Please note that Australian students should apply through Monash and UK/EU students should apply to Warwick. If you are an international student outside of these countries you should apply to the University at which you wish to start your course.

Monash

If you apply to Monash you should apply for admission and a scholarship, if you do not already have funding for your research degree.

Warwick

If you apply to Warwick you will be considered for Warwick's Chancellor's or Chancellor's International Scholarships.

There are several key stages in the application process, the final one of which is the application form itself. The following guidelines have been developed by the Student Admissions and Recruitment Teams at the University of Warwick and Monash University.

If you have an enquiry about the application process, please complete the enquiry form.

1. Consider whether you satisfy the academic entry requirements

All applicants (including self-funded applicants) will be considered against the same rigorous academic requirements. The academic entry requirements are as follows:

  • You should have the capacity to carry out advanced independent research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study.
  • You should have a minimum of four years tertiary study, with a substantive research component, usually in the final year, to the following standards:
    • Australian applicants:
      • Minimum of a first-class honours degree (or equivalent).
    • UK applicants:
      • Science PhDs: a 2.1+ from a 3-year Bachelor's degree; or 2.1+ from a 4-year Integrated Master's degree (or the equivalent from other countries).
      • Non-Science PhDs: a strong 1-year Master's degree with a substantial research component in addition to a good Bachelor's degree (or the equivalent from other countries).

2. Check that you fulfil the English language requirements

The Universities of Warwick and Monash require evidence that your English Language capability is of a level that will enable you to succeed on your chosen course of postgraduate study. We therefore have English Language entry requirements based on some minimum standards.

Familiarise yourself with the requirements by checking the FAQs.

3. Decide on a research topic/area

Academic staff at both universities will be happy to discuss your research topic with you.

If you're interested in topics in the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences, you should develop a research proposal in discussion with the relevant academic before you make an application.

4. Prepare a research proposal

A research proposal is a document explaining what you would like to research for your doctorate.

Different academics and different projects will have different requirements as far as a proposal and/or application is concerned, so it is important that you contact the relevant academic to find out what these are before submitting your application, and to ensure that they can help you identify an appropriate supervisor at the other university. A failure to submit a detailed research proposal with an application, if required, can significantly reduce your chances at success.

Even if you're applying to a specific Science project, you should discuss your application with the relevant academic before submitting it.

5. Make contact with the academic in charge of this project (Sciences) or the academic that is most closely aligned with the research topic (Arts and Humanities)

Only applicants that can demonstrate high levels of academic ability will be accepted on to the program.

Familiarise yourself with the expected characteristics and academic achievements of students on the joint PhD by checking the FAQs.

6. Identify and contact two individuals capable and willing to provide an academic reference for you

References are essential in helping us to decide whether to make you an offer of a place or not.

You'll need to think carefully about who is best placed to act in this capacity for you.

7. Complete your application for a place and apply for funding as appropriate

Make sure that you have carried out all the steps above, and make use of the guidance provided when completing the application form.

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