Why Choose Graduate Research at Monash Arts?

Arts research Masters and PhD students are provided with unique opportunities to work with scholars of international renown, in a supportive and dynamic environment.

Our research program covers a vast range of prominent and interconnected disciplines, and is equally strong in traditional and new fields of scholarship.

Research students participate in vibrant peer group sessions and activities. Students also enjoy unrivalled support, with specialist library services and communities of practice, financial assistance for travel and research tasks, and publication stipends and prizes. Our study facilities provide students with high-quality and congenial work spaces on campus.

The Monash Doctoral Program also helps to prepare Arts research graduates for a broad range of careers by focusing on the acquisition of skills and knowledge for collaborating with other researchers, managing workplace tasks, developing professional networks and instigating social change.


Our research programs are provided in seven broad interconnected disciplines.

Film Media and Communications

Our program is run by some of Australia’s leading researchers in film, television, communication, media studies, journalism and journalism studies. Potential research topics include the effects of digital media on globalisation, indigenous film, and new forms of journalism. We also offer a practice-based PhD in journalism. Read more...

Historical Studies

Our Historical Studies program has an outstanding reputation, in Australia and internationally. Our program candidates work with experts in a broad range of historical subjects and fields, including archaeology, public history, indigenous histories and religious studies. Read more...

Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

The Linguistics and Applied Linguistics program is designed by internationally recognized linguists, and covers dozens of specialties. The program is also home to the Language and Society Centre. Read more...

Literary and Cultural Studies

The Literary and Cultural Studies Graduate Research Program offers specialisations in literary studies, creative writing and translation and interpreting studies. We also offer the only practice-based PhD in translation studies in Australia. Read more...


The Monash Philosophy program is internationally recognised for its strengths in contemporary analytic philosophy, bioethics, European philosophy, and aesthetics. Read more...

Social and Political Sciences

The Social and Political Sciences Program encompasses a range of disciplines including Anthropology, Criminology, Politics and International Relations and Sociology (including Gender Studies) situated in the School of Social Sciences. Read more...

Theatre, Performance and Music Program

Located in the University’s Performing Arts Centre, our program is home to internationally renowned researchers in theatre and performance studies and musicology. Our students undertake both theoretical and practice-based degrees in music performance, music composition and theatre performance. Our program provides graduate research 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. Read more...

Joint PhD programs

The Faculty of Arts offers students unique and exciting opportunities to work with leading supervisors, not only at Monash, but also at one of our partner universities in the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany.

Participation in a joint PhD program gives students access to international archives and global research networks. Students also become integral to the development of Monash’s international research partnerships.

Scholarships and Funding

Graduate Research Scholarships

As a leading teaching and research institution, Monash University attracts students of the highest calibre. To help you to continue to invest in your education, we offer a range of scholarships that reward graduates who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.

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Graduate Research Funding and Support

The Faculty of Arts and Monash Graduate Education want graduate research students to be able to make the most of your research opportunities and we provide several funding schemes to supplement your research scholarship to support your candidature.

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What’s next? How do I get started?

Your first step is to identify the course you wish to pursue and find out whether you can satisfy the minimum entry requirements for the relevant course. You can do this by searching for courses or checking the Monash University Handbook.

Your next step is to contact the Director of the Graduate Research Program that you want to work in. The Program Director will advise you whether the Faculty will be able to supervise and appropriately support your proposed research.

Once you have this assurance from the Program Director, go to the Apply and Enrol page and fill out an Expression of Interest form to get the application process underway.