Graduate Research

Reach your full potential and make a significant contribution with research inspired by brilliant minds. Monash Arts makes the world your oyster, whether it be through our base in vibrant Melbourne, or internationally with a myriad of field research opportunities, or through one of our joint PhDs.

We offer both traditional and practice-based Masters by Research and PhDs. You can engage in focused research that pushes frontiers through our unique interdisciplinary framework. With specialist research training and professional development programs, we support aspirations for diverse career paths.

Our PhDs are also part of the Monash Doctoral program which enhances your research project and professional development with advanced training – giving you the ability to make an impact in academia, industry, government or community after graduation.

Download the Arts Graduate Research Course Guide.

PhD (Arts)

Enjoy flexibility in choosing your area of interest from the humanities, social sciences and performing arts in our Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Practice-based PhDs

Have a research project in mind that can be experienced? We offer practice-based PhDs in Creative Writing, Journalism, Music Composition, Music Performance, Theatre Performance and Translation Studies.

Joint PhDs

Gain study experience and an additional supervisor at one of our international partner institutions, giving you a dual-badged PhD.

Masters by Research

Choose between a MPhil, or a MA that includes practice-based streams in Creative Writing, Music Performance, Music Composition and Theatre Performance.

Pathway to Graduate Research

Interested in doing an Arts PhD or Master's by Research but don't already have the required research background? Find out how the Graduate Diploma of Arts Research pathway will give you the expertise to progress into a Graduate Research program offered by us.


Scholarships are available for both local and international students ranging from tuition fee cover, to research travel and stipend scholarships.

Find a supervisor

Every graduate research student is guided by at least two suitably qualified supervisors who are actively engaged in their area of research.


PMSI Postgraduate Network Update

May 10, 2018

The PMSI Focus Program launched a postgraduate network in early 2018 to bring together PhD students interested in migration and social inclusion issues. The network now includes

Strengthening collaboration with IITB

March 20, 2018

As part of the continued strengthening collaboration between the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) and the Faculty of Arts, Professor Pushpa Trivedi, Head of the School

Graduate writing and publishing workshop an invaluable opportunity for researchers looking to publish

March 1, 2018

The Graduate Research writing and publishing 3-day workshop is set to be held in Prato once again this year, offering graduate research students an invaluable opportunity to be

(Not) lost in translation: Arts PhD student Adolfo Gentile explores the establishment of an Australian institution

February 21, 2018

Adolfo Gentile has recently been awarded his PhD at Monash University: ‘A policy focused examination of the establishment of the National Accreditation Authority for Translators

Public Event: Keeping Perpetrators in View: How do we see the ‘Web of Accountability’?

February 19, 2018

You can now watch a recording of the ‘Keeping Perpetrators in View: How do we see the ‘Web of Accountability'?' event and access the presentation slides on our

Biography of an Australian hero: interview with PhD alum Jan Richardson

February 19, 2018

In 1946 Aboriginal pastoral workers in the Pilbara staged a daring strike over their unjust and inhumane working and living conditions which became known as the ‘Pilbara