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Theatre performance


Monash Arts is internationally recognised for producing innovative, engaging and high quality research, and the PhD (Theatre performance) is considered one of the most outstanding and comprehensive courses of its kind in any Australian university. It is run by the Centre of Theatre Performance (CTP), home to one of the largest cohort of postgraduate  students in theatre and performance in Australia.

Supported and guided by at least two expert supervisors, our practice-based PhD program in Theatre Performance will give you the practical experience and opportunity to develop your expertise as a researcher and the professional tools needed to undertake translation work for professional purposes.

This PhD program has three components: a live performance, a critical commentary of the performance, and research. Your research training is then further enhanced by professional development activities designed to support you develop general professional skills valuable to prospective employers in academia, industry, government and the broader community. With this doctoral program you will be able to demonstrate that you have successfully designed and executed a research project that makes an original and substantial contribution to theatre performance.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • 4 years (full time)
  • 8 years (part time)
Start date
Throughout the year
Doctor of Philosophy (Theatre Performance)
Course Handbook

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.

Your degree will consist of three components, supported by a minimum of two expert academic supervisors:

Research & thesis

You will undertake research that will inform both your creative work and your thesis.

Based on your research and the subsequent creative work, an accompanying critical component of more than 30,000-35,000 words must be completed in the form of a thesis.

The thesis will be an explication and analysis of the performance research project and will address methodological and theoretical issues that arise during the research investigation.

Practical (creative work) component

You will develop and present a live performance in a public venue, which will normally be in one of the fields of directing, theatre making or dramatic writing.

The performance will embody the results of the research investigation, which will be into the contexts, theoretical influences, aesthetic elements and performance making processes of the project.

The performance should be 60-90 minutes, equivalent to 40,000-45,000 words.

Professional development

As well as the research and practical components, you will also complete a series of professional development activities relevant to your chosen research focus. These activities are designed to provide you with the skills needed to develop your professional skills to support you in your future career.

Visit the Faculty of Arts Graduate Research Website

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.

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

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.