Postgraduate studies

Postgraduate Students

The School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment offers an opportunity to build on the knowledge and experience gained from your Honours or MSc degree and professional experience through its PhD and MSc research programs. The school has a large, diverse, and vibrant research community of academic staff, research staff, and postgraduate students.

The School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment has a large and dynamic postgraduate community with students drawn from a wide range of nationalities and backgrounds. This creates a productive scientific environment as well as an active social atmosphere. Postgraduate students in the school are researching into topics that cover the entire spectrum of Earth Science, and there is an emphasis on teamwork and interdisciplinary research. We also have active collaborations with other Universities within Australia and overseas, industry, and state and federal government agencies.

Facilities and equipment available

Researchers at Monash have access to an enviable range of analytical and technical equipment using supercomputing facilities, such as:

  • custom-built laboratories for geochemistry
  • geospatial analysis
  • microscopy
  • geophysical and atmospheric instrumentation
  • fieldwork
  • sample collection and preparation.

These facilities are supported by well-trained and dedicated technical staff and teaching associates. We also have access to the Australian Synchrotron (which is located at Monash).

Comprehensive support network

The university has a comprehensive support network for the diverse needs of both domestic and international students, including scholarships for tuition and living expenses. Graduates of Monash University have a global reputation as independent learners, innovators and leaders, and so are widely sought after by Australian and international employers.

A range of stipend and tuition-fee scholarships is available for Australian, New Zealand and International Students. There is the potential for scholarships to be taken up at any time during the year.

Projects available

Successful applicants will typically hold an undergraduate degree based on at least 4 years of study, including a significant research project component (greater than 50% of the overall degree requirement), and have First Class Honours or MSc qualifications or their equivalent. Relevant additional research experience and/or research publications in international journals will provide strong support for scholarship applications. Applicants for whom English is not first language, or who have not undertaken their degree studies with English as the language of instruction, must attain a satisfactory English language test score (TOEFL or IELTS) before the allocation of scholarships.

As a first step please complete an expression of interest application, this information will help your prospective supervisor/s assess your academic ability and research potential.

Please note expressions of interest without academic transcripts will not be considered.

Projects are available in a wide range of fields, including:

  • Aerosols (including cloud seeding)
  • Boundary layers
  • Bushfire and fire weather
  • Climate science (including urban climate adaption, climate impacts and atmosphere-biosphere interactions)
  • Clouds
  • Convection
  • Economic geology
  • Environmental mineralogy
  • Fluvial geomorphology
  • Geodynamics (numerical and laboratory modelling)
  • GIS and remote sensing.
  • Hydrogeology
  • Hydrology
  • Mesoscale meteorology
  • Palaeoecology
  • Pure and applied geochemistry
  • Soil science and soil chemistry
  • Structural geology and geophysics
  • Tropical meteorology
  • Volcanology and applied palaeontology (basin analysis).

Further information

Postgraduate Studies Coordinator: Prof Michael Reeder.


Robert Oakley
Student Services Coordinator
+61 9905 5767