Postgraduate Studies

  • Criminology PhD students at the 2010 Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference in Alice Springs. Crystal Bruton (front), Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Emma Colvin and Rachel Hale.

    The Criminology program is located in the School of Social Sciences. The Higher Degree Research program provides comprehensive research training in Criminology and produces graduates who are leading the field in research and professional areas. This program is offered at the MA (Masters) and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) levels.

    The Criminology program is further enhanced by our Graduate Research program, a leading national program that provides support to postgraduate research students in the social sciences.

    We welcome local and international applications- working within our current areas of research focus (see below) and other areas of Criminological research. For further information on postgraduate opportunities in Criminology at Monash please contact Postgraduate Co ordinator, Dr Bree Carlton

    The Faculty provides general on the entry requirements, duration and format of these programs. If you would like more information about the application process contact Sue Stevenson.

    For information on scholarships visit the Monash Research Graduate web site.

    Why choose Criminology at Monash?

    Postgraduate students in Criminology benefit from being part of a vibrant and rapidly developing intellectual environment. The Criminology program attracts international and interstate Masters and Doctoral candidates resulting in a diverse group of young scholars working together as they pursue exciting new areas of research. The School of Social Sciences Graduate program is designed specifically to offer exceptional support to research candidates.

    Monash Criminology research covers a broad range of areas, as detailed on our current research page.

    Applications are particularly encouraged in the following areas:

    Supporting Postgraduate Research: The annual research retreat

    Each year Criminology holds a two-day fully funded off campus PhD retreat for all Criminology postgraduates and attended by all supervising staff members. The retreat provides a focused time for postgraduates and staff to concentrate on developing research and writing, and to create an intellectually and socially supportive environment for postgraduate research. All those who attend benefit from the experience, as the feedback below captures:

    ‘It was a really valuable opportunity to get together with staff and other postgraduate students to share ideas and provide feedback for one another. It is such an important part of the PhD journey to get feedback and contributions from others about one’s work, but also to develop skills in contributing to others’.

    ‘What a fabulous experience that was! I think the benefits of having done so in such a gorgeous, informal setting will really help me to get through the hard yards that lie ahead… I feel that the support I will have as I move through the PhD has been quadrupled – that’s a very nice feeling‘.

    ‘Thank-you! The PhD retreat is… so beneficial to all of us, regardless of whether we started our PhD’s one week or two years ago.

    Monash Criminology Postgraduate Alumni

    We are proud of the results and career paths our postgraduate researchers have taken since graduating, as detailed on our alumni page: Postgraduate Criminology students, past and present

    Supporting Postgraduate Research: The Monash University Postgraduate Prize

    An Award for Best Presentation

    Monash Criminology is an active supporter of the pursuit of excellence in postgraduate research. In 2011 it initiated and sponsored the Monash University Postgraduate Prize, an award for the best presentation at the annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Postgraduate Conference.

    As an annual prize, this is awarded to the most outstanding presentation of criminological research by a current postgraduate.

    Monash Criminology Postgraduate Award (PDF)

    The inaugural winner of the award in 2011 was awarded to Helena Menih, a doctoral student at Griffith University. Her doctoral research is an ethnographic study of homeless women in Brisbane, QLD.

    The winner of the award in 2012 was Rosemary Cassidy, a doctoral student at the University of Western Sydney. Her doctoral research employs qualitative methods to explore experiences of university students as victims of crime through in-depth interviewing.

    The 2013 winner of the award was Mary Iliadis, an honours student at Monash University in Victoria. Mary’s honours thesis expanded on the seminal work of Nils Christie’s ideal victim theory. Mary will commence a PhD in 2014 in Criminology at Monash University, where she will examine the viability of introducing legal representation for victims in varying contexts within the prosecution process.

    University Postgraduate Award Prize Rules & Regulations

    1. Eligibility for the Award
    To be eligible for the prize, an individual must meet the following criteria:
    1.1 Be registered for the ANZSOC Postgraduate Conference
    1.2 Give a presentation or poster at the Conference
    1.3 Be enrolled in a Masters by research or Doctor of Philosophy program at a recognised University
    1.4 Not have submitted their Masters or Doctorate thesis for examination at the time of the conference

    2. Voting
    2.1 Eligibility
    2.1.1 All those who register for the ANZSOC Postgraduate Conference are eligible to vote, regardless of eligibility for the award.

    2.2 Process
    2.2.1 The voting system is a points-based system, with a vote of 3, 2, and 1 point to be distributed by each eligible voter to their top three presentations (oral or poster) for the day
    2.2.2 The voting will be conducted at the conclusion of the presentations and will be coordinate by the ANZSOC Postgraduate Conference Committee team

    2.3 Invalid votes
    2.3.1 The vote will be invalid if the voter uses the same number more than once and or casts a vote for more than three people.

    2.4 Results
    2.4.1 The person with the most points wins the award. In the case of a tie of two people, both will receive the award. In the case of more than two people with the same number of points the ANZSOC Postgraduate committee and participating academics who have attended the conference for the day will cast their vote to determine a winner.

    3. Prize & announcement
    3.1 The prize includes a $250 cheque and an inaugural award, with names engraved on the plaque.
    3.2 In the case of two winners, both will receive the cash prize and the award will be kept at Monash with both names engraved on the award.