Enrolment in a Master of Philosophy involves the independent investigation of a research problem that has been formulated by the student. It is expected that the research undertaken will make a contribution to the discipline in which the student is enrolled by applying, clarifying, critiquing or interpreting that knowledge. Students are supported by a minimum of two supervisors throughout their enrolment.
Postgraduate - Course
This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2017 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Information Technology.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
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Admission and fees
Master by research
2 years FT, 4 years PT
The student's research master's project is to be conceived from the outset as clearly achievable within the standard duration of the degree, taking into consideration all elements, including any compulsory coursework required.
Master of Philosophy
This course consists of:
- a research and thesis component
- a coursework and training component.
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
Successful completion of the program will signify that the student has successfully completed a course of research training and has satisfied the examiners that they can carry out a research project and critically analyse the results.
It is expected that graduates will be able to demonstrate the following abilities:
- critically review the current research in the literature
- formulate a research problem of high impact and significance
- apply the appropriate research methodology
- analyse the research data
- articulate the research outcome to a variety of audience.
Conditions of enrolment
Students are to refer to the Handbook for Research Master's DegreesHandbook for Research Master's Degrees (http://www.monash.edu/migr/research-degrees/handbook/masters) for all policies and procedures relating to their enrolment.
Students must, in consultation with and under the direct supervision of a member/s of the academic staff:
- carry out a program of research on an agreed topic approved by the relevant school in the student's chosen discipline for a specified period, including attending and/or presenting at seminars and other related activities as indicated by the relevant school
- submit for assessment a thesis of not more than 35,000 words on the program of research which meets the requirements of the examiners. Submission of the thesis based on or partially based on conjointly published or unpublished workconjointly published or unpublished work (http://www.monash.edu.au/migr/examiners/publication/) may be permitted.
- satisfactorily complete a program of coursework study and training as outlined in:
Students are required to undertake regular progress milestones to support them in conducting research of an appropriate quality, originality and depth as required by their course of study, in accordance with the Graduate Research Progress Management policyGraduate Research Progress Management policy (http://policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/research/mrgs/grad-research-progress-mgmt-policy.html) and supporting procedures.
Progression to further studies
Students may apply to transfer to a PhD after successful completion of confirmation and provided that satisfactory progress has been made and certain conditions are met.