Postgraduate Studies

Mary Illiadis & Rachael Burgin at the ANZSOC Postgraduate Conference 2014.
Mary Illiadis & Rachael Burgin, Criminology Postgraduate research students,  at the ANZSOC Postgraduate Conference 2014.

The team of researchers in Criminology at Monash are leaders in their field, changing the way we think about and do justice in every setting across local, national and international contexts. Monash criminologists are researching and producing new empirical and theoretical knowledge- setting the agenda for Criminology across a range of areas.  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. Monash Criminology research covers a broad range of areas, as detailed on our current research page.  The Criminology program invests in postgraduate research within in our program and nationally.

Applications are particularly encouraged in the following areas:

This program is offered at the MA (Masters) and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) levels.The School of Social Sciences Graduate program is designed specifically to offer exceptional support to research candidates and the Criminology program is further enhanced by the School of Social Sciences Graduate Research coursework, a leading national program that provides support to postgraduate research students in the social sciences.


Monash Criminology has an outstanding alumni of postgraduates. We produce graduates who are leading the field in research and professional areas and we celebrate their success on our  alumni page: Postgraduate Criminology students, past and present.


We welcome local and international applications- working within our current areas of research focus (see below) and other areas of Criminological research.
All information regarding applications, candidature and scholarships can be found at:  Arts Research Graduate Studies.
For further information on postgraduate opportunities in Criminology at Monash please contact Postgraduate Co ordinator, Dr Claire Spivakovsky.

Supporting Postgraduate Research: The annual research retreat

Each year Criminology holds a 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’.

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. Mary’s work expanded on the seminal work of Nils Christie’s ideal victim theory. Mary’s PhD examines the viability of introducing legal representation for victims in varying contexts within the prosecution process.

University Postgraduate Award Prize Rules & Regulations

Monash University Postgraduate Award Prize Rules & Regulations (updated 2014)

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.
2.1.2 In the case of two or more presenters for one paper, they are eligible for the award as a group not as individuals and in the case of winning the award the prize will be distributed among them and their names will all be inscribed on the award with a notation to indicate a joint paper.
2.1.3 Any individual can only be eligible once for the prize in any year. In the case of a presenter giving both a paper and poster and/or giving more than one paper or poster at the Conference, the individual will be asked prior to finalisation of the Ballot to nominate the paper or poster they wish to be included in the vote. Similarly if the individual is presenting as an individual and a s a co-author they will be asked to nominate which paper is to be included. This may invalidate the eligibility of their co-author if the co-author is not also presenting more than one paper or poster presentation.

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 coordinated 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.
3.3 The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the ANZSOC postgraduate Conference. It will also be announced at the ANZSOC Conference Dinner later in the conference week. The winner will also be published in the ANZSOC newsletter.