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PhD by practice based research and exegesis

A new form of PhD

PhD Research

If you've got an idea for a research project that can be experienced, like a digital cultural archive, a new piece of wearable health technology, or as a game then a PhD by practice based research and exegesis can work for you. 

This new form of PhD in Information Technology, which encourages multi-disciplinary, creative and dynamic projects, is the only one of its kind in Australia. It's offered by sensiLab, a collaborative, interactive, immersive research and learning space at Monash University's Caulfield campus.

You'll be able to present a substantial amount of your research through an immersive, interactive demonstration or exhibition that engages one or more of the senses. You'll also be examined on a written exegesis of around 30,000 words. 

Your research will typically be interdisciplinary, linking IT with another field such as health and medicine, urban planning, cultural heritage or design. Areas like creative robotics, 3D visualisation, simulation and animation, interactive media, virtual and augmented reality, wearable technologies and games are suited to this PhD program. 

You'll have access to Monash's world class academics across a wide range of disciplines and you'll be encouraged to test out your idea by deeply exploring the possibilities. Make prototypes. Play.

Start your research thinking 

Projects & practice based research

BE INSPIRED BY OUR CURRENT PROJECTS & PRACTICE BASED RESEARCH

Find Your Research Supervisors

“One of my roles is to help students to remain engaged in the project over the three years. You can't force motivation. You have to inspire people to want to work on the project. I try to mix celebration of progress and reassurance about the things that are going well with feedback about the things that might have been overlooked.”

Professor Jon McCormack - Innovator, researcher and artist. Director sensiLab

You have access to Monash's world class academics across a wide range of disciplines and you'll be encouraged to test out your idea by deeply exploring the possibilities.

Find your research supervisor

Scholarships

Our University invests more than $47 million each year on graduate research scholarships and our faculty offers a wide range of scholarships. We have scholarships for students who excel in their field. Scholarships linked to Monash Industry Innovation Partnerships and projects and scholarships for women undertaking IT research.

Graduate research scholarships

Can you apply? Are you eligible?

HOW TO APPLY

​Applications for Masters by Research or a Doctoral Degree can be made online at it.monash.edu/research-apply

1. CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY

Entry into a research degree is based on a demonstrated capacity to undertake significant research in a proposed field. You must meet the high academic and English language requirements.

For more information visit: it.monash.edu/research-eligibility

2. FIND A SUPERVISOR AND RESEARCH AREA

Before you apply, please ensure you have:

  • Identified a research area of interest
  • Discussed the research project with your proposed supervisor
  • Checked that supervisors and facilities are available at the campus

you are seeking to base your candidature.

For more information visit it.monash.edu/research-supervisors

3. COMPLETE THE EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM

Once you have identified a supervisor in the research area of your choice, complete the Expression of Interest Form and submit the form directly to FIT-graduate.research@monash.edu

4. OBTAIN AN INVITATION TO APPLY

After receipt of the Expression of Interest an assessment is undertaken based on the information provided.

Where you are assessed as suitable to apply for admission to the proposed research degree, and appropriate supervision and facilities area available for your research project you will be issued with an invitation to apply.

5. LODGE AN APPLICATION

After you have received an invitation to apply you can then proceed to lodge an application.

monash.edu/graduate-research/future-students/apply