The Philosophy Graduate Program welcomes graduate research students in philosophy and bioethics. The program has notable strengths in many areas of philosophy and bioethics; you can find out more about the areas in which we are particularly strong below.

The Philosophy Graduate Program welcomes graduate research students in both the MA and the PhD. The program has long taken the view that it is highly beneficial for graduate research students to undertake MAs in philosophy before they undertake PhDs in philosophy.

The Philosophy Graduate Program runs two weekly events for graduate research students during the teaching semester. All graduate research students in the Program attend a work-in-progress seminar on Wednesday afternoons and a pre-seminar on Friday afternoons. The work-in-progress seminars mostly involve paper presentations from graduate students to their peers. The pre-seminar is a masterclass from whoever will be presenting at the staff seminar later in the afternoon.

Many other events form part of the Philosophy Graduate Program. Often these events are student-led. In particular, there is typically a weekend mini-conference in October, involving presentations from students and some invited speakers. There are also student-led reading groups during teaching semester.

Program disciplines and supervisors


Graham Oppy 

Alison Ross Kant's Critique of Judgement; theories of meaning; theories of the image; theories of sensation and judgment

Paul Atkinson (Media, Film and Journalism)



Rob Sparrow  including artificial intelligence

Catherine Mills including biopolitics

Michael Selgelid including public health ethics

Ryan Tonkens including ethics of reproduction

Justin Oakley including reproductive ethics

Alan Petersen Politics of bioethics (Sociology)


Ethics and Moral philosophy

Linda Barclay Applied ethics; environmental ethics

Rob Sparrow Applied ethics; moral philosophy; environmental ethics

Toby Handfield Ethical theory

Michael Selgelid Applied ethics

Ryan Tonkens Applied ethics; virtue ethics

Justin Oakley Ethical theory; virtue ethics; professional ethics

Suzy Killmister Dignity; autonomy; human rights

Elizabeth Prior Jonson Business ethics (Management)


European philosophy

Catherine Mills Contemporary European philosophy

Alison Ross Critical theory, especially Walter Benjamin and Jacques Rancière; philosophical anthropology, especially Hans Blumenberg

Chris Watkin Contemporary French materialist philosophy (French Studies) 

Michael Ure Nietzsche (Politics and International Relations)

Paul Atkinson Critical theory; French philosophy (Media, Film and Journalism)



Monima Chadha 

Tim Bayne

Graham Oppy

Lloyd Humberstone

Kevin Korb (Information Technology)


Feminist philosophy/gender studies

Linda Barclay 

Jacqui Broad Women's political thought; feminism

Catherine Mills Feminism

Paul Atkinson Gender studies (Media, Film and Journalism)


History of philosophy/historical philosophy

Jacqui Broad History of early modern philosophy

Constant Mews Medieval philosophy (History)


Human Rights

Linda Barclay

Suzy Killmister

Rob Sparrow


Legal Philosophy/Philosophy of Law

Toby Handfield 

Patrick Emerton (Law)



Dave Ripley Philosophical logic; philosophy of logic

Lloyd Humberstone Philosophical logic; philosophy of logic including modal logic and its applications


Philosophy of language

Dave Ripley

Lloyd Humberstone

Graham Oppy

Monima Chadha

Patrick Emerton (Law)


Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science

Tim Bayne Philosophy of mind; cognitive science

Jennifer Windt Philosophy of mind; philosophy of dreaming; cognitive science

Jakob Hohwy Philosophy of mind; cognitive science

Monima Chadha Buddhist philosophy of mind

Kevin Korb Cognitive science (Information Technology)



Lloyd Humberstone 

Toby Handfield 

Graham Oppy 

Tim Bayne

Dave Ripley


Philosophy of science and technology

Graham Oppy Philosophy of science

Ryan Tonkens Philosophy of technology; ethics of artificial intelligence

Toby Handfield Philosophy of science; philosophy of Quantum mechanics

Rob Sparrow Ethics of technology

Michael Selgelid Science and ethics

Kevin Korb Artificial intelligence; inductive inference; philosophy of science (Information Technology)


Social and political philosophy

Alison Ross Political theory; theories of revolution

Linda Barclay 

Rob Sparrow

Toby Handfield including decision theory, philosophy of economics

Michael Selgelid

Suzy Killmister Dignity; autonomy; human rights; multiculturalism

Patrick Emerton (Law)

Paul Muldoon Modern political theory (Politics)

Michael Ure Political theory (Politics)

Elizabeth Coleman Freedom of expression; cross-cultural communication (Communications and Media)


Philosophy of Religion

Graham Oppy

Tim Bayne

Monima Chadha Indian and Buddhist philosophy



Jen Bleazby Philosophy of education, philosophy for children (Education)

Research programs and centres

Opportunities and support

Throughout your PhD, we actively support you in contributing to and participating in relevant conferences and a range of professional activities.

You will be trained in critical and analytical thinking, and supported to develop innovative research designs and methodologies, while also undertaking relevant coursework.

The Faculty of Arts also supports students with diverse scholarships and grants and numerous of funding schemes are available to support your candidature. 

Program staff

Graham Oppy

Professor Graham Oppy is a Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Philosophy Graduate Program at Monash.


Monima Chadha

Postgraduate Co-ordinator (Deputy Director)


Peachy Vasquez

Graduate Research Administrator