Graduate Research Programs

 Our research programs are provided in eight broad disciplines, yet are interdisciplinary in nature. Each research program provides specialist and generalist coursework and training components which develop the necessary skills and training for life during and after a research degree. We provide programs in the following areas:

 Joint PhD programs

The programs offer candidates the opportunity to seek out leading supervisors, both from Monash, and from one of our partner universities. 
As well as producing an outstanding contribution to your field of research, you will engage in personal, professional and academic training delivered by colleagues revealing insights and platforms for (future) research exchanges.

For further information on Joint PhD Programs through the Faculty of Arts

Film, Media and Communications


Film, Media and Communications

Our program brings together some of Australia’s leading researchers in film, television, communication, media studies, journalism and journalism studies. The potential research topics range from the effects of digital media on globalisation to indigenous film, and new forms of journalism. We can also offer a practice-based PhD in journalism. Further Information…

Geography, Environment, and Sustainability


Geography, Environment and Sustainability Program

The Geography, Environment, and Sustainability doctoral program equips graduate students with strong interdisciplinary skills for innovative and collaborative research on patterns and processes of change in natural and built environments, cities, regions and global networks, landscapes and resource use. Further information…



Historical Studies

The Historical Studies program has an outstanding reputation, both nationally and internationally. Our program provides candidates with the opportunity to benefit from academic expertise across a broad range of historical subjects. Further information..

Linguistics and Applied Linguistics


Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

The Linguistics and Applied Linguistics program features a number of recognised linguists, both nationally and internationally, researching across a broad range of specialties in linguistics and applied linguistics. The program is also home to the Language and Society Centre. Further information…

Literary and Cultural Studies


Literary & Cultural Studies

The Literary and Cultural Studies program offers specialisations in literary studies, creative writing and translation and interpreting studies. In addition to the practice-based degrees in creative writing, it offers the only practice-based PhD in translation studies in Australia. Further information..




The Philosophy program at Monash University is internationally recognised as one of the finest in the country. Its research strengths lie in contemporary analytic philosophy, bioethics, European philosophy and aesthetics. Further information…

Social & Political Sciences


Social and Political Sciences

The Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Program encompasses a range of social science disciplines including Anthropology, Behavioural Studies, Criminology, Gender Studies, Politics and International Relations, and Sociology situated in the School of Political and Social Inquiry. Further information…

Theatre, Performance and Music


Theatre, Performance & Music Program

Located in the University’s Performing Arts Centre, the Theatre, Performance and Music program is internationally renowned for research in theatre and performance studies and musicology. Candidates can also undertake practice-based degrees in music performance, music composition and theatre performance. Further information…






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