Arts - 0020



Monash Arts is renowned for innovative, engaging and high quality research in the humanities and social sciences and the Research Graduate School is committed to providing graduate research education of the highest quality in a stimulating, supportive and professional environment.

A PhD offered in Arts takes the form of the Monash Doctoral Program – a PhD for the 21st century. At the core of the program is an extensive, independent research project on an agreed topic, supported by a minimum of two expert academic supervisors. This is enhanced by professional development activities or coursework units that provide you with the skills required to make an impact in academia, industry, government or the wider community. Your study will result in a research thesis or alternative approved output, which makes a valuable contribution to the current body of knowledge on your chosen topic.

While a general Doctor of Philosophy in your chosen field is the most commonly taken PhD, you can also opt for one of the following specialised areas of study:

  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism
  • Music Composition
  • Music Performance
  • Theatre Performance
  • Translation Studies

Arts research graduates now seek careers across a wide range of professions, and the coursework and professional development built into the Monash Doctoral Program are designed to impart skills and knowledge that will assist you in conducting your research, and prepare you for future leadership and success. Activities cover general topics such as innovation, collaboration, networking and project management along with workshops and seminars that deepen your discipline-specific expertise.

You will be assigned to the professional development activities or coursework study most relevant to your research focus from the following areas:

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At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • On-campus at Malaysia: Full time & part time
  • Off-campus: Full time & part time
Duration 3-4 years (full time),
6-8 years (part-time)
Start date Throughout the year
Qualification Doctor of Philosophy
Course Handbook

Philosophy is the main area of study for a PhD taken in Arts. A Doctor of Philosophy involves the independent investigation of a research problem formulated by students in consultation with their supervisors. You will produce a research thesis of no more than 80,000 words (or alternative approved output). Depending on supervision and resource availability, research topics are available in most areas of research strength including:

  • Cultural Heritage
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Interpreting Cultures
  • Philosophy and Bioethics
  • Social and Cultural Theory
  • Global Change and Global Security
  • Health, Wellbeing and Social Change

Along with the research component, you will also complete a series of professional development activities or coursework units relevant to your chosen research focus.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy requires one of the following minimum qualifications in a relevant discipline:

  • a four year Australian or New Zealand bachelor's degree with a minimum overall result of H2A (a mark of 70 or above) normally with a research component in the fourth year; or
  • an Australian or New Zealand master's preliminary qualification with a significant research component and with a minimum overall result of H2A (a mark of 70 or above); or
  • an Australian or New Zealand coursework master's degree with a significant research component graded at a minimum Distinction (a mark of 70 or above), and a minimum overall result of Distinction (a mark of 70 or above); or
  • an Australian or New Zealand research master's degree with a minimum overall result of H2A (a mark of 70 or above); or
  • qualifications or experience that the Graduate Research Committee considers to be equivalent to, or a satisfactory substitute for, the above.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Applications for this course can be accepted at anytime.

Applications for this course are submitted via the research degree and scholarship online application form.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: 0020

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Research Training Program (RTP)

This course is supported by the Australian government's Research Training Program (RTP). Under the RTP, domestic students are awarded an RTP Fees Offset which exempts them from tuition fees for the normal duration of the course. This exemption is valid for up to four years for students enrolled in a doctoral program and up to two years for a research master's degree.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.