Enrolment in a Master of Philosophy involves the independent investigation of a research problem that has been formulated by the student. It is expected that the research undertaken will make a contribution to the discipline in which the student is enrolled by applying, clarifying, critiquing or interpreting that knowledge. Students are supported by a minimum of two supervisors throughout their enrolment.
Postgraduate - Course
This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2017 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
Faculty Research Office: telephone +61 3 9905 4313; email med-research.degrees@ monash.edu or visit http://www.med.monash.edu.au/research/grad-research.html
Admission and fees
Master by research
2 years FT, 4 years PT
The student's research master's project is to be conceived from the outset as clearly achievable within the standard duration of the degree.
Mode and location
On-campus (Alfred Hospital, Baker Institute, Bendigo, Box Hill, Burnet Institute, Caulfield, Clayton, Howard Florey Institute, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Mental Health Research Institute, Moe, Monash Medical Centre, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Notting Hill, Peninsula, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Southbank, St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute)
Off-campus (Alfred Hospital, Baker Institute, Bendigo, Box Hill, Burnet Institute, Caulfield, Clayton, Howard Florey Institute, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Mental Health Research Institute, Moe, Monash Medical Centre, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Notting Hill, Peninsula, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Southbank, St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute)
This course may be undertaken at approved off-site locations.
Master of Philosophy
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
Successful completion of the program will signify that the student has successfully completed a course postgraduate training in research under academic supervision, and has submitted a thesis that the examiners declare to be a contribution to knowledge and which demonstrates the student's capacity to carry out independent research.
Students will also be able to:
- identify and define research questions
- identify the appropriate research methods to address the research questions
- demonstrate mastery of their chosen research methodology/methodologies
- demonstrate theoretical knowledge at master's level in their chosen field of research
- communicate their research findings in a format appropriate to their academic discipline
- write up their research into a high quality thesis
- contribute new information or new ways of understanding information in the field of research.
Conditions of enrolment
Students are to refer to the Handbook for Research Master's DegreesHandbook for Research Master's Degrees (http://www.monash.edu/migr/research-degrees/handbook/masters) for all policies and procedures relating to their enrolment.
This course consists of a research and thesis component.
Areas of research
Students must, in consultation with and under the direct supervision of a member/s of the academic staff:
(1.) carry out a program of research on an agreed topic approved by the faculty in the student's chosen discipline for a specified period, including attending and/or presenting at seminars and other related activities as indicated by the faculty
(2.) submit for assessment a thesis of not more than 35,000 words on the program of research which meets the requirements of the examiners. Submission of the thesis based on or partially based on conjointly published or unpublished workconjointly published or unpublished work (http://www.monash.edu.au/migr/examiners/publication/) may be permitted.
Students are required to undertake regular progress milestones to support them in conducting research of an appropriate quality, originality and depth as required by their course of study, in accordance with the Graduate Research Progress Management policyGraduate Research Progress Management policy (http://policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/research/mrgs/grad-research-progress-mgmt-policy.html) and supporting procedures.
Progression to further studies
Students may apply to transfer to a PhD after a defined period (usually 9-12 months enrolment, full-time or equivalent), provided that satisfactory progress has been made and certain conditions are met.