Course outline

Our PhD program allows you to complete extensive, independent research (100,000 words). The Monash PhD has an international reputation for excellence and relevance, with quality supervision at the heart of our success.

As a doctoral candidate, you will be supported by a minimum of two supervisors throughout your candidature. Under their guidance, you will write and submit a thesis that represents a significant contribution to the body of knowledge or understanding of your field of research.

Areas of study

A) Chemical engineering

Research in the Department of Chemical Engineering falls into four major areas:

  • Energy, fuels, biorefining and sustainable processing
  • Biotechnology, food and pharmaceutical engineering
  • Functional nanomaterials
  • Surface and colloidal science and molecular rheology.

The department has internationally recognised research strengths in the areas of biofuels, bioprocessing and biomaterials, colloid and interface science, combustion and gasification, corrosion, food and pharmaceutical engineering, green chemicals, nanotechnology; mesoporous materials and membranes; powder technology, reaction engineering, rheology and sustainable processing. The Chemical Engineering department was ranked 40th in the world in the 2012 QS discipline rankings (Chemical Engineering).

B) Civil engineering

  • Mining engineering, geomechanics, structural engineering, transport and traffic engineering, water resources and environmental engineering.

C) Electrical and computer systems engineering

  • Computer systems and software engineering, control engineering,electronics, telecommunications engineering, electrical power systems,bio-optics, biomedical engineering, plasmonics, nanophotonics, optical physics and robotics.

D) Materials engineering

  • Engineering light alloys, advanced polymer science and engineering, biomaterials and tissue engineering, electronic and magnetic materials, thermo-mechanical processing, corrosion, nanomaterials, materials characterisation, modelling and simulation of processes and properties, structural and functional ceramics.

E) Mechanical engineering

  • Aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, turbulence, structural mechanics, aerospace engineering, composites, heat transfer, micro/nano fluid and solid mechanics, biological engineering, robotics, mechatronics, railway engineering and maintenance engineering.

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.

Outcomes

These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 10 and Monash Graduate Attributes.

Successful completion of the program will signify that you have completed a course of advanced research training under expert academic supervision. You will have submitted a thesis that the examiners have declared to be a significant contribution to knowledge, demonstrating your capacity to carry out independent and original research.

Graduates will be able to demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Carry out independent research
  • 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 their research outcome to a variety of audiences

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.

Structure

This course consists of:

  • A research and thesis component
  • A coursework study component

Requirements

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 faculty in your chosen discipline for a specified period, including attending and/or presenting at seminars and other related activities as indicated by the faculty

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

3. Satisfactorily complete the following program of coursework study:

  • Engineering PhD program

Intake periods

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

Programme fees

In 2018, annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • RM40,280 for Malaysian students
  • RM44,308 for international students

Once-only fees

  • Application - RM100
  • Registration - RM200

Per-semester fee

  • General amenities - RM100

Visa application fee for new international student

  • Indonesia - RM 3,360
  • Other countries - RM 2,380

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 Engineering, you must have completed a:

  • Master of Engineering by research from a recognised tertiary institution, with minimum grade, equivalent to H2A
  • Four-year Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Science (Honours) from a recognised tertiary institution with minimum grade, equivalent to H2A

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.

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.
  5. For scholarship opportunities, please browse through our webpage postgradasia.com to find out local and international opportunities. 
  6. Encourage to visit https://www.monash.edu/ for deeper and more information.

Contact

General enquiries

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

For more information about this and other School of Engineering research courses, contact:

  • Wan Nurul Rukiah binti Wan Rasdi
  • Research and Development Manager
  • Phone: +60 3 5514 6224
  • Email: wan.nurul@monash.edu
Save