Monash Doctoral Program professional development activities

The following workshops and activities are open to all Monash Arts Graduate Research students, including both program specific offerings and those for all academic programs.

Enrolled students only: Click on the blue buttons (some program specific) for full activity and scheduling information, and to apply.


  • Advanced research methodologies

    This interactive workshop provides an overview of some key research methodologies used, comparing the scholarly thesis as a genre with other advanced modes of writing. Students will reflect on the non-traditional form of the doctorate and the scholarly exegesis, and will touch on expectations involved in a literature review and questions of ethics in higher degree research. During the workshop, students will go through the pre-reading materials and contribute to an in-depth discussion on the topics.

  • Reading groups

    This reading group provides experience in reading and understanding published research papers; a critical aspect of productive research which is best developed through group discussions on published articles or book chapters. In addition to broadening knowledge, these discussions hone critical thinking skills, build familiarity with key approaches and debates in the field, develop comprehension with argument strategies, and help develop critique and communication skills.

  • Expert masterclasses

    These masterclasses bring together world renowned national and international experts and practitioners working on cutting edge research and practice. Each masterclass includes a presentation by a field expert, a Q&A session for both graduate research students and academic staff, and one-on-one engagement between the field expert and graduate research students which includes specialised direct engagement and interactive discussion of selected reading materials.

  • Australian book review masterclass

    Australian Book Review (ABR) – a partner of Monash University, and one of Australia’s leading cultural magazines – will present a month-long series of workshops covering every aspect of publishing in general magazines. Led by ABR Editor Peter Rose (a writing and leading publisher for more than 25 years), the three ABR editors will work closely with a group of 20 graduate students, two of whom will be offered publishing commissions by ABR at the completion of the seminar series.

  • Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT)

    3MT is a competition requiring students to summarise the nature and relevance of their research to a general audience in no more than three minutes. It is designed to cultivate academic, presentation and research communication skills and is open to any graduate research student who has completed their confirmation milestone. 3MT competitions are conducted at the Arts Faculty level before proceeding to a University and international level.

  • Designing research in humanities and social sciences

    This unit provides an overview of some of the key research methodologies used in the study of humanities and social sciences. It relates to materials produced by Humanities and Social Science experts such as short video/podcast/opinion pieces and accompanying documentation. Students will produce short written works and presentations around these materials while also gaining skills such as how to generate a research question or prepare a literature review.

  • Practice-based research in performing and creative arts

    This unit provides focused training in research design, methods and modes of representation, exploring the key concepts and processes involved in practice-based research and examining a variety of methodologies and modes for representing research outcomes. It focuses on the process from design through to communicating outcomes, allowing students to develop skills in integrating creative practice and writing. Students will develop detailed proposals for their own practice-based research topic before embarking on the research component. Participating PhD researchers will focus on developing one component of their research as appropriate to their needs and progress.

  • Monash Arts research knowledge translation (MARKT) series – industry insights workshops

    These workshops offer graduate researchers a range of ground-breaking approaches and multi-disciplinary perspectives from leading industry experts. The MARKT series will include 3-5 industry insights workshops per calendar year, which will be offered face-to-face or virtually. They will include a presentation by an industry expert and a Q&A session, followed by one-on-one engagement between the industry expert and graduate research students which includes interactive discussion of selected reading materials. Find out about the past series.

  • State of the fields

    This workshop reviews the overlapping histories and disciplinary trajectories of film studies, media studies, communication studies, cultural studies and journalism. It provides an overview of how these fields have formed, how they have influenced each other and where they now stand within the contemporary academy. The workshop will reflect on the history and current possibilities of the fields, providing a basis for research students to develop an informed and critical perspective on where their own projects sit within larger intellectual and disciplinary contexts.

  • Introduction to graduate research in historical studies

    This seminar series is designed to introduce students into graduate research in the broad field of historical studies, including advanced readings in key texts, methodologies and sources in the disciplines and sub-disciplines covered by the program. The series consists of workshops, training sessions and feedback on readings and students’ writing. Students will be given weekly readings to evaluate and discuss, and they will be expected to actively engage in discussion, offering critical and constructive feedback on each other’s ideas and work.

  • Advanced workshop – Researching history in the digital world

    This workshop series develops advanced understandings of a range of methodologies and digital technologies that experienced historical studies researchers are using in the rapidly changing world of historical archives and research. In each workshop, a leading historical studies researcher will showcase the methodologies and digital technologies that they have used in recent or current research such as Zotero, Tropy, Mendelay, Scrivner, N-Vivo and Audacity. The workshops will also explore the theoretical assumptions and methodological conventions that underpin the technologies and the research, and the ways in which different research approaches and tools might enable (and shape) historical understanding.

  • HDR Latin language acquisiton workshop

    This unique workshop is led by leading educators in the language and fellow researchers. Participants will gain the language skills to access texts of earlier centuries (late antique, medieval, renaissance, early modern), and will develop fundamental skills for their current research and careers related to the thesis area of research such as history, theology and ancient cultures. This type of targeted tuition is not available elsewhere.

  • Practice research workshop in theatre, performance and music

    Despite more than thirty years of debate, issues around the epistemological status, methodology, verification and institutional recognition of practice research remain contentious and unresolved. In a graduate program such as theatre, performance & music, where most projects engage with practice and a significant number emerge from practice, it is essential that every candidate examines the relationship between practice and research in their work. This workshop series conducts in-depth, close reading of some key texts and lays out the major debates in the field of practice research.