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The Monash Supervisor Accreditation framework is a key part of our strategy to ensure that we have the best possible research supervisors.

To become accredited, supervisors need to demonstrate that they:

  • are active in a research field, as defined by faculty-specific research criteria;
  • have experience supervising graduate research students under the mentorship of experienced colleagues; and
  • have completed relevant professional development activities.

Levels of accreditation

Research supervisors receive different levels of accreditation, according to their supervision experience and professional development.

The higher the level of accreditation, the higher the number of students they can supervise.

The Monash University supervisor accreditation categories are as follows:

Provisional (non-accredited) May supervise up to three graduate research students at 10 to 25% supervisory load.
Level 1 Accreditation May supervise up to six graduate research students at10 to 90% supervisory load.
Level 2 Accreditation May supervise up to 16 graduate research students at 10 to 90% supervisory load.
Level 3 Accreditation May supervise up to 25 graduate research students at 10 to 90% supervisory load.
External and Affiliate  (non-accredited) May supervise up to three graduate research students as an associate supervisor, at 10 to 50% supervisory load.

What if I do not have accreditation?

All Monash supervisors are encouraged to become accredited and commit to ongoing professional development to ensure they maintain the skills and knowledge required for excellent supervision.

Academic staff who are new to research and/or to supervision may supervise up to three graduate research students as an associate supervisor without accreditation. They work under the auspices of an experienced main supervisor.

Recognition of prior experience

New Monash staff with extensive supervision experience and a proven track record may receive accreditation at a level consistent with their supervision history via a recognition of prior experience process.

Commitment to quality

A supervisor’s accreditation is reviewed every five years to ensure quality is maintained.

External Supervisors

From time to time an academic external to Monash, with specific research expertise is approached to act as an associate supervisor. External supervisors are not required to become accredited but they are required to work with an accredited Monash supervisor.

External supervisors can take advantage of the high quality, professional development programs developed specifically by Monash Graduate Education to enhance supervision practice.

More information

For more information on supervisor accreditation, contact the Supervisor & ECR Development Officer on +61 3 990 53424 or via email mge-supervisor-accreditation@monash.edu

Monash University researchers can find more information about supervisor accreditation here.