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Creative writing


Monash Arts PhD is an unrivalled graduate research degree that brings big picture thinkers together with world-leading academics, field experts and sector partners to uncover the change that needs to be made in our world. Our Doctor of Philosophy (Creative writing) degree is one of the best creative writing PhD programs in Australia. It gives you the opportunity to delve into cross-genre ideas supporting the challenges and needs of a contemporary writer in today's critical and literary global communities, the practical experience to develop your expertise as a researcher, and the professional tools to give you a competitive edge in an ever-evolving employment market.

At the core of the creative writing PhD degree is the Arts Advantage PhD program. This consists of an extensive, independent research project supported by at least two expert academic supervisors, creating a written work, writing an accompanying critique, and  professional development activities or coursework units that provide you with the skills to make an impact in academia, industry, government or the wider community.

What we offer in the Arts Advantage PhD program:

  • An innovative, customisable program that offers tailored industry, sector and professional development opportunities to support and realise your research and career ambitions.
  • Immersive research partnerships with world-renowned experts in our world-class facilities, amplifying your potential to make positive change in your field and in the world.
  • An unparalleled global footprint and a Guaranteed Mobility offer with our domestic and international partners, to connect you to local, national and international opportunities, expand your perspective and help you create the most relevant, influential and scaleable research outcomes.
  • Access to 120 hours of professional development training with a menu of options to sharpen and strengthen your research, leadership communication and collaboration skills.
  • Belonging to a tradition and network of the brightest research minds, leaders and peers in Australia and internationally, providing the reputation and networks that will enhance and propel your work.
  • Your work will be housed alongside our world-renowned research centres such as the Gender, Peace and Security, Monash Centre for Consciousness and Contemplative Studies, Monash Indigenous Studies Centre and Monash Migration and Monash Inclusion Centre.

This customisable, innovative program is specially designed for PhD candidates who want to pioneer the change-making research in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences that will make our world a better place for all.

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Course Details

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

Our academics in creative writing are some of the world’s most inspiring and distinguished researchers. To learn more about our cutting-edge researchers’ work across humanities, arts and social sciences, listen to our podcast and watch our documentary series.

Anders Villiani

PhD candidate Creative Writing
Anders is Australian Book Review’s (ABR) fourth Rising Star.

“What began as an ABR masterclass at Monash University has bloomed into perhaps the most enriching partnership yet in my artistic and intellectual life."

James Milner, Winner of ABR Masterclass Series

PhD Literary and Cultural Studies
"I have no doubt that my time as a PhD candidate, surrounded by brilliant people, has helped me to refine my writing process."

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 doctorate of creative writing 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 practical work and your thesis.

Based on your research and the subsequent creative work, an accompanying critical component of more than 35,000 words must be completed that can take the form of either of these options or a combination of both:

  • a scholarly thesis which comments directly on the creative work in terms of its stylistic, theoretical and literary influences; and/or
  • an independent but complementary work of scholarly research on a topic relevant to the research objectives of the creative work.

Practical (creative work) component

You will create a body of creative work of not less than 35,000 words in the form of one or more of the following:

  • a novel;
  • a group of short stories;
  • a work of creative non-fiction;
  • a play or group of plays;
  • a sequence of poems (book length, approximately 100 pages); or
  • a portfolio of works of various genres.

The total word count of the two written components should not exceed 80,000 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.