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 ResearchEOI applications will close on 31 October 2022. Successful candidates will need to be enrolled into the course by 9 December 2022.

Intake into this course will cease at the end of 2022. The new Master of Philosophy course will be introduced in early 2023. More information to follow.

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 within faculty schools.

* 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
  • 3-4 pages (approx. 3000-5000 words) thesis proposal which includes research title, brief summary, literature review, argument for the gap in the research and methodology. Please refer to the Faculty of Education research proposal guidelines for further information.
  • If your current research proposal is based on your previous masters degree, please include a comment explaining how it differs.

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.

Round Applicant type EOIs close* Scholarship applications close
1 International 15 March 31 March
2 Domestic 15 May 31 May
3 International 15 August 31 August
4 Domestic 15 October 31 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.