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Research master degree

The Master of Philosophy will allow you to undertake substantial independent research on your chosen topic while supported by a minimum of two academic supervisors. You will produce a research thesis (and if studying the integrated water management specialisation, also a coursework component) and your research will make a contribution to the current body of knowledge on your chosen topic. 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.

Research topics are available in most areas of research strength at Monash Australia including: Cultural Heritage; Environmental Sustainability; Interpreting Cultures; Philosophy and Bioethics; Social and Cultural Theory; Global Change and Global Security; Health, Wellbeing and Social Change; Performance. See our research supervisors and their areas of expertise for further information. Similarly at Monash South Africa the MPhil has been developed to correspond with the strengths of the four schools there. You can select research topics in integrated water management, media and communications, criminal justice and criminology, international studies, philosophy or sociology.

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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
  • Off-campus: Full time & part time

Note: Course offered to domestic students only.

  • 2 years (full time)
  • 4 years (part time)
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Master of Philosophy
Course Handbook

Whether you want to get ahead in your career faster, or improve your knowledge, a Monash postgraduate degree can give you a distinct advantage.

While undertaking your research, you will be supervised by academics whose research expertise aligns with yours. Our Faculty of over 500 academics are highly committed to train high quality, internationally recognised scholars that are passionate about producing cutting edge research and keen to contribute to their fullest capacity to the betterment of society at large. Successful completion of the program will signify that you have successfully completed a course of research training, that you satisfy examiners by demonstrating your ability to carry out a research project, as well as critically analyse the results of your investigation.

Your MPhil thesis (of no more than 35,000 words) is expected to make a contribution to an existing body of knowledge by applying, clarifying, critiquing or interpreting that knowledge.

Entry Requirements

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

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


All applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study.

See the Section 2.1 of the Graduate Research Handbooks for detailed information.

English requirements

Sound English language skills are required for academic programs at Monash University.
See the Section 2.2 of the Graduate Research Handbooks for detailed information.

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.

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 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.