Doctor of Philosophy (Arts)

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Course Overview
Doctorate (PhD)
Tuition Fees
RM 42,333/ year (for Malaysian students)
Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Full Time: 4 years; Part Time: 8 years
Prior Study
Masters degree
Study Field

Course outline

You will undertake your doctoral studies through the Monash doctoral program. At the core of this program is the completion of a substantial research thesis on an agreed topic under the guidance of a supervisory team. Your research training is further enhanced by professional development activities or coursework units designed to support you in your academic and professional development.

Upon completion of your doctoral studies at Monash, you will be able to demonstrate that you have successfully designed and executed a research project that makes an original and substantial contribution to your discipline. In your research journey, you will have also acquired the necessary skills and professional attributes to make an immediate and enduring impact on academia, industry, government, or community.

Areas of study

  • Research topics are available in most of the school’s research strengths, depending on supervision and resource availability.

Course structure

  • The Monash University Handbook has detailed information about the structure and requirements for the PhD program in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Career outcomes

Our doctoral graduates use their qualification to advance their careers in:

  • Journalism, publishing, editing, writing, electronic media, public relations, corporate communications
  • Marketing, advertising, business research and analysis
  • Management consulting, international trade, human resources, training and development, management and administration
  • Diplomacy, foreign affairs, politics
  • Tourism, hospitality, entertainment and leisure industries
  • Performing arts (music or drama), production, direction, management and administration, film, television and video.

Conditions of enrolment

You will be required to complete:

  • Monash Graduate Research Induction (online)
  • Research Integrity (online)
  • Any faculty or program induction requirements

As a student of the university, you will be required to abide by all relevant statutes, regulations, policies and procedures. This includes maintaining satisfactory progress via regular milestone reviews in accordance with the Graduate Research Progress Management policy and procedures, ensuring you are undertaking research of an appropriate quality and scale as required by your course. You should refer to the University's current statutes and the University Policy Bank for links to relevant policies, procedures and guidelines.


This course consists of:

  • A research and thesis component
  • Professional development as part of the Monash Doctoral Program
  • A coursework study and/or training, depending on the program
  • A Graduate Research Industry Partnership, depending on the program


You must, in consultation with and under the direct supervision of a member/s of the academic staff:

1. Carry out a program of research on an agreed topic approved by the school or department of enrolment in your chosen discipline for a specified period, including attending and/or presenting at seminars and other related activities as indicated by the relevant department/school. Research topics are available in most of the faculty's areas of research strengths, depending on supervision and resource availability.

2. Submit for assessment a thesis of not more than 80,000 words on the program of research which meets the requirements of the examiners. Submission of a thesis including published works may be permitted.

In certain disciplines in the faculty, a creative work or performance and a written critical commentary may also form part of the thesis assessment.

3. Satisfactorily complete one of the following programs of coursework study and/or professional development training:*

  • Film, media and communications PhD program
  • Historical studies PhD program
  • Linguistics and applied linguistics PhD program
  • Literary and cultural studies PhD program
  • Philosophy PhD program
  • Social and political sciences PhD program
  • Theatre, performance and music PhD program

* Each student will be assigned to the coursework study and training program most relevant to their research focus

Intake periods

You can apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) throughout the year, subject to availability of supervision.

Entry requirements

To enter Monash University, students must satisfy particular academic, English language and age requirements.

To apply for the PhD program in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, you must have completed:

  • A four year Australian or New Zealand bachelor's degree with an overall result of H2A (Second Class Honours Division A) or above (normally with a research component in the fourth year)
  • An Australian or New Zealand master's preliminary qualification with a significant research component graded at Distinction or above, and an overall result of H2A or above
  • An Australian or New Zealand coursework master's degree with a significant research component graded at Distinction or above, and an overall result of H2A or above
  • An Australian or New Zealand research master's degree with an overall result of H2A or above
  • A qualification considered equivalent to one of the above

English language requirements

Sound English language skills are required for all academic programs at Monash. You can demonstrate your English language proficiency through one of the following:

  • Studying English at Year 12 or equivalent
  • Studying at an institution where English is the language of instruction
  • English Proficiency Tests
  • Monash English Bridging

If you have achieved more than one of the English language requirements over a period of time, only the most recent demonstration of English proficiency will be considered.

Special requirements

You must meet specific English language requirements when applying for our master’s and doctoral research degrees.

Submission of evidence

You must submit full documentary evidence in support of English proficiency with your application for candidature. If your first language is not English, or where degree qualifications were not undertaken in the English language, Monash reserves the right to seek further documentary evidence of English proficiency.

Open Day

  • 23rd March 2019
  • 29th June 2019
  • 17th August 2019
  • 14th December 2019

Additional notes

  1. Fees are subjected to change, for international student may have to refer to latest exchange rates.
  2. Additional cost my incurred depending on situation (Accommodation, laboratories equipment/materials, etc.)
  3. Encourage to study and research laws in Malaysia, as Malaysia is a majority muslim country. It is advisable for international students to understand the country's strict rules and culture. 
  4. English is used as a teaching medium and a widely spoken language in Malaysia, if the requirements are not stated in the university webpage, advisable to contact the university's authority for further information about English requirements or English Entry Requirements.
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General enquiries

  • Tel: +60 3 5514 6000
  • Fax: +60 3 5514 6001

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