Applying with us

Congratulations on taking the first steps in applying to undertake your research degree with us!

Below is everything you need to know when applying for:

PhD, research masters, course transfers and centrally managed scholarships

Applying is a simple three step process.

1. Check your eligibility

Admission into a Monash graduate research degree is dependant upon meeting the entry requirements specific to the course for which you are applying.

Entry requirements

All graduate research degrees have minimum academic entry requirements which must be met by all applicants. Some courses have additional requirements which are outlined in the relevant course entry in the Monash University handbook.

The minimum academic entry requirements differ depending on the graduate research degree:

English language proficiency

All graduate research degrees require sound English language skills. It is important you understand what English language proficiency requirements are applicable, noting that certain faculties have higher requirements. Should you be required to undertake an English language proficiency test, ensure you check which tests are accepted by Monash.

Centrally managed scholarships are awarded through a highly competitive selection process in which your academic record, research output and research experience are assessed. Similar to admission into a graduate research degree, our central scholarships have a set of eligibility criteria which must be met.

Applicants who are applying to our Malaysia campus do not apply for scholarship though Graduate Research Admission and Scholarship Online Application system. For further information refer to the Monash Malaysia scholarships page.

There's more than one way to start a graduate research degree at Monash. If you don't meet the eligibility requirements, you may like to consider other pathways through your preferred faculty.

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As with admission, our centrally managed scholarships have a set of eligibility criteria.

Check our scholarship eligibility page for more details.

Applicants who are applying to our Malaysia campus do not apply for scholarship though Graduate Research Admission and Scholarship Online Application system. For further information refer to the Monash Malaysia scholarships page.

We will need to keep scholarship eligibility and equivalency pages for now, as these are linked from find a scholarship.

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2. Submit an expression of interest

Prior to applying for a graduate research degree, you will need to submit an expression of interest (EOI) to the relevant faculty or academic unit.*

Each faculty has a different EOI process so please read any instruction provide carefully and make sure you are aware of any applicable closing dates, particularly if you are applying for a scholarship.

Art, Design and ArchitectureArts │ Business and Economics │ EducationEngineeringInformation TechnologyLawMedicine, Nursing and Health SciencesPharmacy and Pharmaceutical SciencesScienceMonash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI)Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)

If your EOI is successful, the faculty will issue you with an Invitation to Apply.

*Not all applicants are required to submit an EOI, please refer to the application guide for further information.

3. Submit your application

Applications for a PhD, research masters, course transfer and/or centrally managed scholarships are submitted through the Graduate Research Admission and Scholarship Application portal.

Prior to starting your application, we strongly encourage you to review our Application Submission Guide, which details all required supporting documentation and provides further useful information on our Graduate Research Admission and Scholarship Application portal.

Key submission and outcome dates

International applications

Enrolment period

R1open 1 September to 31 MarchJuly - December of the current year
R3open 1 April to 31 AugustJanuary - June of the following year
Domestic applicationsEnrolment period
R2open 1 November to 31 MayJuly - December of the current year
R4open 1 June to 31 OctoberJanuary - June of the following year

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For new students:  Applications for admission can take up to six weeks to be processed, and will usually be assessed after scholarship results have been released.

For new and currently enrolled students: Scholarship outcomes are released approximately six weeks after the scholarship round has closed.

All other graduate research degrees

If you have previously been enrolled in a Monash graduate research degree and you have withdrawn from your course within the last four years, you may be eligible to apply for re-admission to continue your previous research project.

Before you start your application, you will need to discuss your intention to seek re-admission with your previous supervisor or faculty and develop a detailed timeline to submission which you will need to provide in your application. If your previous course of study is no longer available, you will instead be admitted to an equivalent course (should your application be successful).

Monash offers a number of joint research award programs where students can obtain a jointly awarded single degree, while utilising the resources of two universities.

Students will have both a Home and a Host institution as part of this joint arrangement - spending the majority of their candidature at the home institution and travelling to the host for a period of usually 12 months.

If Monash is to be your Home institution, normal Monash admission and scholarship application procedures apply. If Monash is to be your host institution, please speak with your preferred home institution about their application process.

A Higher Doctorate degree is available to current Monash academic staff. This doctorate is awarded for work that makes an original, substantial and distinguished contribution to knowledge within their field which gives an applicant authoritative standing and the right to general recognition of this standing by scholars.

Entry requirements

In order to qualify for admission, a Higher Doctorate applicant must:

  • Have qualified, not less than seven years previously, for a degree of the university;
  • Be a current member of the Monash teaching or research staff, and have been so for not less than six consecutive years full-time equivalent; or
  • Have qualified, not less than seven years previously for a degree of another educational institution and have had a close research association with the university for not less than six years.

Applications are to be made directly to the relevant faculty for initial assessment

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