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  1. What graduate research degrees are available?
  2. What scholarships are available?
  3. Where can I find information on supervisors and their research areas?
  4. What are the minimum English language proficiency requirements for entry into a graduate research degree?
  5. What is the MGE?
  6. What is the Monash Research Office?
  7. What does the Faculty of Science Research Office do for graduate research students?
  8. What are the attributes of a Monash University graduate research student?
  9. How often do I need to provide milestone reviews?
  10. What deadlines do I need to meet in my first year?
  11. Do I need to re-enrol each year?
  12. How long do I have to complete?
  13. What are my obligations as a graduate research student?
  14. What are the obligations of my supervisor (and the university)
  15. How do I deal with any other issues or problems that may arise during my candidature?
  16. What happens if I vary my enrolment?
  17. Do I get holidays?

1. What graduate research degrees are available?

The Faculty of Science has three graduate research degrees available:

2. What scholarships are available?

View information on available Scholarships.

3. Where can I find information on supervisors and their research areas?

View information on supervisors and their research areas.

4. What are the minimum English language proficiency requirements for entry into graduate research degree?

View information on Monash University's minimum English language proficiency requirements for entry into an graduate research degree.

Please note that the minimum English language proficiency requirements for both the Master of Science and the Master of Philosophy are the same as for the Doctor of Philosophy.

5. What is the MGE?

The Monash Graduate Education (MGE) is a central administrative body of the university that, for Science graduate research students, oversees Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Master of Science (MSc) candidature. The MGE also provides a range of services to graduate research students, including:

6. What is the Monash Research Office?

The Monash Research Office is a central administrative body of the university that oversees research grants and approval for human ethics and animal ethics.

7. What does the Faculty of Science Research Office do for graduate research students?

Among its responsibilities the Faculty of Science Research Office approves admission to all graduate research degrees within the faculty and holds a number of seminars and workshops for graduate research students.

8. What are the attributes of a Monash University graduate research student?

The twelve attributes of a Monash University graduate research student are:

  • Conducting research and professional engagement within an international context;
  • Formulating and articulating a research question;
  • Thinking critically, analysing and problem solving;
  • Finding, sorting and assessing the current level of knowledge and information;
  • Choosing and designing an appropriate methodology to answer a research question and recognizing the strengths and limitations of competing methodologies;
  • Rigorously analysing, evaluating and interpreting research results and assessing the implications of the research;
  • Working effectively with others as an independent researcher, able to display organisational skills and to plan, lead and manage a research project;
  • Having the interpersonal skills to work collaboratively in an effective and efficient manner;
  • Conducting research in a safe, ethical and culturally sensitive manner;
  • Lateral thinking and open mindedness;
  • Having the ability and enthusiasm to take the initiative and to handle responsibility;
  • Communicating the research at a professional level appropriate to the discipline (to a range of audiences)

9. How often do I need to provide milestone reviews?

Please consult the section Milestone reviews.

10. What deadlines do I need to meet in my first year?

PhD students

  • Initial Project Review: between 3 to 6 months (full-time) / between 6 to 12 months (part-time).
  • Confirmation: 12 months (full-time) / 24 months (part-time).

MSc students

  • Initial Project Review: between 3 to 6 months (full-time) / between 6 to 12 months (part-time).
  • Confirmation: 8 months (full-time) / 16 months (part-time)

For further information please consult the section Milestone review.

11. Do I need to re-enrol each year?

Yes, or you will lose your student privileges including library and Internet access. You will be required to re-enroll online via WES each year and shall be notified by letter and e-mail each October about the re-enrollment process.

12. How long do I have to complete?

PhD students

The maximum period of candidature is four (4) years of full-time or its equivalent in part-time candidature up to a maximum of eight (8) years of part-time study. However, the normal length of candidature is considered to be three (3) years full-time (six (6) years part-time). It is strongly recommended  that students design a project that can be completed within three (3) years of the commencement of candidature.

MSc students

The masters is normally undertaken over a period of 18 months (or 36 months part-time) with a maximum of two (2) years full-time candidature allowed (or four (4) years part-time). Part-time candidature is not available to international candidates.

13. What are my obligations as a graduate research student?

There are a number of obligations that you have, including following Occupational Health Safety and Environment requirements and ensuring that you meet the requirements of your candidature (see Important publications and links for Science graduate research students) .  Your school may have other requirements that you will need to follow.

14. What are the obligations of my supervisor (and the university)?

These are outlined in the chapter 5 of the Handbook for Doctoral Degrees and Handbook for Research Master's Degrees.

15. How do I deal with any other issues that may arise during my candidature?

In the first instance you discuss any problems with your supervisor. You may then wish to contact the following persons:

16. What happens if I vary my enrolment?

View information on variations to candidature.

17. Do I get holidays?

Yes, you are eligible to take 20 days recreational leave each year.

Further information