Students on the joint PhD will have simultaneous access to facilities and services at two internationally renowned institutions, and will be supported by a team of exceptional academics across the two institutions. Throughout the joint PhD, you can expect:
Supervision from a minimum of two internationally renowned scholars
Joint enrolment at two institutions with access to all facilities and resources available to local students
Access to professional and academic training in negotiation with your supervisors
To be at the forefront of world-leading, innovative research to develop the academic, professional and personal skills that will enable you to negotiate the global job market as a truly international citizen
You will need to complete an online application form for either Warwick or Monash. This application form constitutes an application for admission to the joint PhD and for funding. Find out more about the application process by reading the guide to joint PhD applications.
1. An initial review by the academic unit in either Warwick or Monash, depending on the institution to which you apply; 2. An assessment of whether the institution is able to supervise the proposed project and whether a counterpart supervisor is available at the other institution; 3. A consideration of your academic abilities; 4. Success in the final stages depends on whether you have managed to secure funding or can demonstrate sufficient personal or other funding.
At each stage, the people responsible for assessing the application will ask:
Are you eligible for admission to the course of study?
Is your proposed project or topic in an area for which supervision exists at both universities?
Have you been successful in gaining a scholarship?
If you have not managed to secure funding, and you are of sufficient academic calibre, can you demonstrate sufficient personal or other resources to enable you to undertake the course of study and manage the additional expenses associated with the joint PhD?
Any Alliance-funded scholarships will last for a maximum of three years. Students are expected to complete their requirements for their degree within three years, with the opportunity to extend to a possible maximum of four years.
Fee levels are determined by the local rules in place in each institution.
If you apply through Warwick as a UK/Home or EU student, you will pay the standard Warwick fee.
If you apply through Monash as a domestic Australian student, you will not be charged any fees.
If you do not classify as a home/domestic student at either institution, you will be charged a different fee as an international student. Please see Fees and Funding for more information. If you are a self-funded international student you may be eligible for a generous bursary.
You will automatically be considered for funding if you apply for a place on the joint PhD during a scholarship round, but the terms and conditions differ depending on whether you apply to Monash or to Warwick. Find out more about funding.
One of the reasons that potential research students are rejected is that the focus of the proposed research does not fit with the University's supervisory competencies. To avoid this, it is strongly recommended that you make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss with them how your research interests may be compatible with their interests and experience.
Once you have identified an academic, you need to persuade them that you are a suitable candidate. You also need to feel comfortable with the supervisor; after all they will be your mentor for at least three years. It is wise, if distance permits, to arrange a meeting with them or a telephone conversation where you can discuss your proposed PhD and their research interests. During discussions they will be able to help you focus on your topic offering advice on how to structure your research. They may also be able to help you with funding applications.
You are required to spend a minimum of one year at the University of Warwick and one year at one of the Australian campuses of Monash University. You will travel to the other institution to further your research, as discussed with your supervisor; this will usually be in the second year of the program. The periods you spend at either institution can be as single blocks of study, or can be split into multiple periods, subject to any funding or visa restrictions.