Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Science

Monash University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 003925G

Level of study: Postgraduate


Monash University is committed to providing graduate research education of the highest quality in a stimulating, supportive and professional environment. By undertaking a PhD in Science, you will become a member of a dynamic community of scholars committed to innovation and discovery and contribute to the advancement of knowledge within your area of expertise. Monash Science PhD graduates are highly employable, with many pursuing careers in academia and industry around the world.

A PhD in Science takes the form of the Monash Doctoral Program – a PhD for the 21st century. At the core of the program is an extensive, independent research project on an agreed chosen topic, supported by at least two expert academic supervisors. You will also undertake a series of professional development activities or coursework units that equip you with the skills needed to make an impact in academia, industry, government or the wider community. Your study will result in a research thesis or alternative approved output, which makes a valuable contribution to the current body of knowledge on your chosen topic.

Your study will result in a research thesis (or alternative approved output) of no more than 80,000 words. The PhD research project should be conceived from the outset as clearly achievable within three years equivalent full-time study, with students expected to complete their degree within four years of equivalent full-time study. The PhD program may be undertaken in the principal areas of research on offer, including:

Biological sciences
Earth sciences
Atmospheric sciences
Environmental sciences
Mathematical sciences
Astronomical sciences

In addition to the research component, you will also complete a series of professional development activities or coursework units relevant to your chosen research focus. These activities are designed to provide you with the skills needed to develop your professional skills and support you in your future career.

Study areas
Biological Sciences

Areas of research specialisation include ecology, evolutionary biology, global change, conservation, biosecurity, disease control and genetics, cellular and developmental genetics.


Areas of research within Chemistry can be classified under three broad themes:

Understanding the world around us: water and environmental chemistry, analytical sciences, chemical biology, coal and soil science and computational chemistry.

Preparing for the future: materials science and nanotechnology, green chemistry, synthesis and catalysis, surfaces and surfactants and chemical education.

Lighting up our life: crystallography, biospectroscopy, super-resolution/single molecule spectroscopy and solar energy conversion.

Earth, Atmosphere and Environment

Areas of research specialisation include aerosols, boundary layers, bushfire and fire weather, climate science, clouds, convection, economic geology, environmental geology, fluvial geodynamics, GIS and remote sensing, hydrogeology, hydrology, mesoscale meteorology, palaeoecology, pure and applied geochemistry, soil science and soil chemistry, structural geology and geophysics, tropical meteorology, volcanology and applied palaeontology.

Mathematical Sciences

Areas of specialisation include applied and computational mathematics; astrophysics; pure mathematics (algebra, analysis, discrete mathematics and geometry), stochastic processes and interdisciplinary mathematical applications.

Physics and Astronomy

Research specialisations are available in the areas of astronomy and astrophysics, condensed matter physics, imaging physics, particle physics, quantum gases, theoretical physics and computational physics.

This full-time course is also offered on-campus in the below location:

Malaysia campus

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
46,700 Per Year 27 Feb 2023 3 years
Read more3 - 4 years

Full time
Monash University
Clayton Campus
Wellington Road
Melbourne Victoria 3800
46,700 Per Year 27 Feb 2023 3 years
Read more3-4 years (full time)

Self study / online (without attendance)
Monash University
Clayton Campus
Wellington Road
Melbourne Victoria 3800

Entry criteria

The minimum qualifications for admission to PhD enrolment are:

a bachelor's degree requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant field, and which normally includes a research component in the fourth year, leading to an honours 1 or 2A in a relevant field;
a course leading to a level rated by the relevant department, faculty and committee as equivalent to an honours 1 or 2A in a relevant field;
a master's degree that entails work, normally including a significant research component, including at least 25% of one full time equivalent year of work, including a thesis. It is normally expected that a grade of honours 2A has been obtained for the research thesis or project. Where ungraded, examiners' reports will be taken into account; or
have qualifications which in the opinion of GRC are deemed equivalent.

English entry requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall (no band less than 6.0)

TOEFL (paper-based) : 550+ TWE 4.5

TOEFL 79 + Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 & Writing 21

Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 + communicative score 50

Cambridge English: 176 + no skill below 169


Monash University
Clayton Campus
Wellington Road
Melbourne Victoria 3800
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