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Hdr course accreditation policy

HDR Course Accreditation Policy


This policy describes the framework that governs the establishment, amendment, and disestablishment of higher degree by research (HDR) courses, programs and units and ensures the maintenance of academic standards and a robust quality assurance process.


All campuses (including offshore)
All HDR courses, programs, units, and training components that are a required part of any HDR program
All Monash staff

Policy Statement

Monash University seeks to offer HDR programs of the highest quality across all its campuses. HDR course accreditation processes and the associated Program Review Policy and Procedures ensure that all courses, programs and units are consistent with:

  • the University's strategic and research priorities, academic standards and the Academic Plan;
  • the Australian (and where relevant Malaysian and South African) Qualifications Frameworks;
  • Monash Graduate Attributes; and
  • the Bologna Process where appropriate.

Following faculty review and endorsement, all HDR course and program proposals, and major amendments to existing HDR courses and programs, including masters, doctorates and professional doctorates, will be subject to review and endorsement as appropriate by the Graduate Research Committee (GRC).

Final accreditation for all new endorsed HDR courses and programs and approval for disestablishment is executed by Academic Board.

Professional accreditation is the responsibility of the course-managing faculty.

Course Re-Accreditation

The GRC endorses and Academic Board accredits new courses for a maximum period of six years.

Following HDR program review, relevant HDR courses and programs must be submitted for re-accreditation or disestablishment as appropriate to Academic Board following endorsement by GRC.

Course Accreditation at Non-Australian Campuses and Locations

In addition to the University’s requirements, courses delivered at Monash Malaysia and/or Monash South Africa or other offshore locations must meet the legislative requirements of the relevant country.

Supporting procedures

HDR Course Accreditation Procedures

Supporting guidelines


Responsibility for implementation

Chair, GRC
Academic Director, GRC
Director, Monash Graduate Education (MGE)
President, Academic Board
Associate Deans (Research Training)
Faculty Research Training Managers



Key Stakeholders

Vice-Provost (Graduate Education)
Associate Deans (Research Training)
Faculty Research Training Managers

Approval body

Name: Academic Board
Meeting: 3/2014
Date: 04-June-2014
Agenda item: 11.2

Endorsement body

Name: Graduate Research Committee
Meeting: 3/2014
Date: 01-May-2014
Agenda item: 11.3


Accreditation: A process whereby a course, program, unit, or training that is a required part of any HDR program, is assessed against predetermined criteria and a determination made about whether it meets the minimum academic standards set by the University, as articulated in University policy. HDR units, training components and programs are accredited by GRC. Academic Board accredits all courses.

Coursework Unit/Unit: A component of a course of study which is taught and examined as a discrete entity but does not include a thesis for a higher degree by research. A unit is represented by a single unit code.

HDR course: A program of research, leading to the submission of a thesis, structured around a set of rules, which leads to the award of an HDR qualification. PhD programs, professional doctorates and some masters by research programs also include coursework and/or training.

Program: A disciplinary specialisation within an HDR course that may have separate coursework and/or training requirements. For administrative and systems purposes a program may also be referred to as a stream.

Major amendment - courses and programs: Change to campus; change to mode of enrolment (on-campus/external); change to admission requirements; establishment or disestablishment of units; changes to the skills requirements for programs; change involving legislative change or that has legislative consequences; changes that impact on course progressions (i.e., unit or training requirements in relation to milestones) or teaching/research supervision loads of other faculties; any change to research component of course/degree; or disestablishment.

Major amendment – units and training: Change in credit points/hours.

Minor amendment - courses and programs: Changes to sequences of coursework units and/or skills components without an alteration to course requirements or regulations; or change of provision to full or part-time.

Minor amendment – units and training: Offering an existing unit/training via a new mode or at a new location; change to unit/training title; unit/training prerequisites; or change of content, objectives or assessment in conformity with existing faculty guidelines on minor amendments.

Training: Non-graded skills component of an HDR program.

Legislation Mandating Compliance

All relevant legislative instruments that stipulate requirements with which members of the Monash community (all of whom are subject to the law) are obligated to comply.

Monash University Act 2009
Monash University (Vice-Chancellor) Regulations
Monash University (Academic Board) Regulations

Related policies

Course Design Policy
Course Titling and Abbreviation Policy
Course and unit handbook policy
Credit Policy (including Recognition of Prior Learning)
Monash Graduate Attributes Policy
Program Review Policy
Program Review Procedures
Qualification Categories Policy
Unit Coding Policy

Related documents

MIGR White Paper
MIGR Course Requirements
Australian Qualifications Framework
Handbook Production Guide
Monash 2025
The Transitional Academic Plan

Date Effective


Review Date



Provost and Senior Vice-President


Vice‐Provost (Graduate Education)

Content Enquiries

MRGS Policy

University Policy Use

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