How to apply for a research degree


Follow these steps to apply for admission into a graduate research degree in Education, and for relevant scholarships.

Note: There is no separate process to apply for a Monash Graduate Research Scholarship, this is a part of the formal application process for PhD candidature.

Step 1: Review course and check your eligibility

Applications for graduate research courses are competitive in nature and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The faculty gives preference to applicants with qualifying degrees completed within 10 years and/or with adequate research experience in recent years.

You will find the admission requirements, course outline and progression requirements in the relevant course details and handbook below.

Course details Course codeHandbook Commencement / application dates
Doctor of Philosophy 0079 Handbook for Doctoral Degrees No fixed commencement dates, apply any time.
Master of Education
(thesis and coursework)
3204 Handbook for Master's by Research Commence Term 1: 1 January
Commence Term 3: 1 July

Submit your application at least one month prior to above commencement dates.

English Language Proficiency

If English is not your first language, you must  meet the minimum requirements for English Language Proficiency.

Pathways to research

If you do not have sufficient training in research, please see Pathways to research available to you.

Step 2: Search for potential supervisors

First, you need to find an academic staff member in the Faculty of Education who specialises, supervises or publishes in the areas you are interested in.

You can search by a staff member's name or by keywords. Alternatively, you can browse academics by school.

* Hint: Use keywords that most accurately reflect your area of interest/potential study. Please note that this search function only returns exact matches of keywords, e.g. ‘maths’ and ‘mathematics’ – so, you may need to try different versions of the same keyword.

As part of the email communication to the proposed supervisor, please include the following documents:

  • Full academic transcripts from your previous qualifications
  • Detailed CV
  • 4-5 page thesis proposal which includes research title, brief summary, literature review, argument for the gap in the research and methodology

Once you have found a researcher that you believe could supervise your project, you can nominate them as a potential supervisor on your Expression of Interest form. We would encourage you to discuss your research with the proposed supervisor prior to nominating them.

Please note: Final allocation of supervisors is made based on the supervisors’ existing load, their current availability and the suitability of their expertise with your proposed research topic. Correspondence with prospective supervisors does NOT guarantee a position in the course.

Step 3: Submit an Expression of Interest form online

Once you have found a supervisor you wish to nominate, please lodge your Expression of Interest (EOI) form. The answers you provide in the EOI are used to make an initial assessment of your eligibility. You must complete this form in order to receive an Invitation to Apply for a research degree. Please do not submit a formal application prior to receiving an Invitation to Apply from the Faculty.

Applications for admission-only are accepted all year round.

Expression of Interest for scholarship applications must be submitted to the Graduate Research Office by the dates listed in the table below.

RoundApplicant typeEOIs close*Scholarship applications close
1International15 March31 March
2Domestic15 May31 May
3International15 August31 August
4Domestic15 October31 October

*Please note:

  • EOIs can take up to 2 weeks to process. Any EOIs submitted after the closing dates will not be accepted for the relevant scholarship round.
  • If you recently completed a Graduate Certificate of Educational Research (D4004) and wish to submit an EOI after the specified EOI deadline, please contact the Graduate Research Office.

Who to contact?

If you still have questions, please contact us at the Graduate Research Office.