Teaching Program

Our program provides HDR students with the opportunity to focus on developing knowledge and expertise in their chosen discipline, as well as developing professional skills that will support their career ambitions. For further course and unit information about Higher Degree by Research please contact the Faculty of Arts. Further information can also be located via the Monash University Handbook and the Monash University Course Finder.


The Research Unit in Film Culture and Theory offers supervision in the following areas:

  • alternative film and video
  • American film
  • Asian film (Indonesian, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Hong Kong, Indian)
  • Australian film and television
  • documentary film studies
  • European film (especially French cinema)
  • film aesthetics (form, style, narrative)
  • film and television genre studies
  • film history
  • histories of film theory and criticism
  • international film cultures and institutions
  • teen film and television
  • women and cinema
  • women and television
Our recent submissions and completions:

Chaplin, Felicity (PhD). La Parisienne in Cinema. Supervisors: Adrian Martin and Phillip Anderson

Edwards, Daniel (PhD). Alternative Visions, Alternative Publics: Contemporary Independent Chinese Documentary as a Public Sphere. Supervisors: Olivia Khoo and Deane Williams

Frost, Craig (PhD). “Want to play a game?” torture porn, violence, media convergence and spectatorship. Principal Supervisor: Therese Davis

Honig, Michael (PhD). Ghosts of modernity: the J-horror cycle. Supervisors: Deane Williams and Constantine Verevis

Kannas, Alexia (PhD). All the colours of the dark: Genre, modernity and the Italian Giallo Film. Supervisors: Adrian Martin and Deane Williams

Lew, Catherine (MA). Spectacular Bodies, Anatomical Curio and One-Armed Wonders On Screen: A Focus on Representations of Disability in Asian Cinema. Supervisors: Olivia Khoo and Belinda Smaill

Loreck, Janice (PhD). Difficult subjects: women, violence and subjectivity in distinguished cinema. Supervisors: Belinda Smaill and Claire Perkins

Masukor, Sarinah (PhD). Alternate Weathers: How the films of Nuri Bilge Ceylan think about nature and technology. Supervisors: Adrian Martin and Claire Perkins

McQueen, Sean (PhD). Biocapitalism and Schizophrenia. Supervisors:  Andrew Milner, Claire Perkins, and Alison Ross

Monaghan, Whitney (PhD). Not ‘just a phase’: Queer girls in contemporary screen media. Supervisors: Therese Davis, Claire Perkins and Olivia Khoo

Letizi, Roberto (PhD). The void of experience: moments of musical rupture in cinema. Principal Supervisor: Deane Williams

Soehadi, Gaston (PhD). Teguh Karya: A Film Auteur Working within a Collective. Supervisors: Olivia Khoo and David Hanan

Stevens, Kirsten (PhD). See it at a festival near you: the film festival as exhibition practice in Melbourne, 1952-2012. Supervisors: Adrian Martin and Constantine Verevis

Tutton, Charles (PhD). The digital apparatus: reimagining cinema in new media. Supervisors: Deane Williams and Constantine Verevis

Woodyard, Andrew (MA). The Romantic Comedy Genre. Supervisors: Deane Williams and Belinda Smaill

Postgraduate Activities

Under Construction Seminar Series

Under Construction is the School of Media, Film and Journalism seminar series run by postgraduates for postgraduates. Meeting on the first Monday of every month during semester, this series provides a great opportunity to interact with other postgrads and hear about all of the exciting work that is being done within the school.

New Directions in Screen Studies: A National Conference for Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers in Screen Studies

New Directions in Screen Studies is a two-day conference for postgraduates and early career researchers (ERCs) in Screen Studies. The conference will be held in 2015. It will provide a forum for new researchers to showcase their work before their peers and develop professional links across campuses around the country and beyond.

Peephole Journal

Peephole is an online film journal devoted to creative screen criticism. It regularly features articles by current and previous students at postgraduate and honours level.

What our students say

“Moving overseas to undertake a PhD can be a great challenge. But when given an offer from one of the most respected Film and Screen Studies research units in Australia, with great support for research students and brilliant supervisors, it just made sense to pursue my passion for Australian Indigenous cinema and undertake a PhD at Monash. Research can often feel like a very solitary endeavor, especially if you have just arrived from overseas. The new coursework component of the graduate research program ensured that I had a chance to meet with other graduate students and with staff members on a regular basis, while developing at the same time all the skills needed to start my research journey” (Matteo Dutto, current student)


“Completing my PhD with Film and Screens Studies at Monash University was an incredibly rewarding experience. The PhD program not only provided me with the support and guidance I needed to make the most of my doctoral study, encouraging my research and development as a higher degree scholar, it also provided a chance to interact with other post-graduates working in similar fields. Film and Screen Studies at Monash fosters a great sense of collegiality and community in its post-graduate students and, as a result, my time as a PhD candidate there was both enjoyable and rewarding for the friendships and research connections I made. Through the program I was also granted the opportunity to travel overseas to conduct research and present my work at an international conference, an experience that remains one of the highlights of my candidature. I got so much out of completing my PhD with Film and Screen Studies at Monash – I would recommend Monash to anyone interested in a PhD in Film, TV or screen media!” (Dr Kirsten Stevens, past student)

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