Monash University and University of British Columbia - Joint PhD Award Program

The Faculty of Engineering, Monash University and the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia have partnered to offer a Joint PhD Award Program. This program offers a unique opportunity for students to carry out research at two world-renowned institutions and build an international network of mentors and collaborators.

This option is for students interested in obtaining a single PhD degree jointly awarded by the two universities, and provided by the lead institution. Suitable candidates for this program will have at least one supervisor at each institution and are required to spend at least one year, or 30 per cent of their candidature, at each university.

Students enrolled in the Monash-UBC Joint Award are required to participate in an oral examination as well as submitting a normal written thesis examination.

International partnership

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for teaching, learning and research, consistently ranked among the 40 best globally and recently recognized as North America’s most international university. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning.

UBC Engineering's world-class faculty and researchers are committed to an instructional approach that is varied, experiential and engaging. This multi-faceted approach makes UBC engineers stand apart, on a firm foundation from which to build an exciting and rewarding career.

From a small cluster of students back in 1961, Monash Engineering has grown to become one of the largest and most respected engineering faculties in Australia. Monash Engineering ranks as the best faculty in Australia for engineering (Times Higher Education, 2018-2019) and individual disciplines consistently rank highly in world university rankings.


The Engineering faculty and Monash University offer a range of scholarships for domestic and international graduate research students, including tuition fees, stipends and relocation allowances. Information on Research Scholarships available can be found here.

What do I need to apply?

We are looking for high calibre engineering students to take part in this great program. Local and international students are encouraged to apply. Applicants must meet the university’s academic and English language requirements to apply for the joint PhD program.

Once you determine you are eligible, interested students are required to complete the Expression of Interest(EOI) form and submit this to lead supervisors, including CV, for consideration. Please make sure that you mention your interest in the Monash-UBC joint award in your communication with potential supervisors.

Please note the submission of the Expression of Interest does not constitute a formal application for a Research Degree. If after assessing your Expression of Interest the potential supervisor has the suitable resources and expertise to take you on as a graduate research student, you will be supplied with an Invitation to Apply that will allow you to begin the formal application process.

If you intend for Monash University to be the home institute* for your Joint PhD, you will need to lodge an application with Monash. For students wishing to have UBC as their home institution, please visit the UBC website.

Full information on how to apply and where to lodge an application for graduate research degrees with Monash Engineering can be found here.

* Home Institution is the university at which you intend to spend the greater amount of time (typically, 2 to 3 years).