Postgraduate research

As a postgraduate research student with the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Monash University Malaysia, you will enjoy the autonomy of working independently and self-directedly on the topics you are most passionate about. Postgraduate research degrees are structured around allowing you to produce an original, innovative work of scholarship that will contribute substantially to wider understandings of your chosen subject. SASS offers two purely research-based postgraduate degrees – the Master of Arts (MA) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). In both of these, the research degree is presented and assessed in the form of a formal dissertation.

Enrolling in a postgraduate research degree at SASS, you will benefit from close interactions from its world-class faculty of scholars. Hailing from diverse disciplines across the humanities and social sciences, the SASS faculty is research-active, extremely well-networked through national and international collaborations, and deeply engaged with NGOs, industries, and communities both in the Southeast Asian region and globally. You will be given the opportunity to refine and shape your studies through consultation with at least two of these established experts, one of whom will be a dedicated, full-time supervisor.

SASS’ unique research strength lies in the study of social transformation in Southeast Asia, and can be broadly structured into the following research clusters: (1) communication, media, and policy; (2) culture, religion, and gender; (3) literature, cinema, and society; and (4) politics, development, and governance. Researchers at SASS draw on a wide range of theories and methodologies in order to produce rich, nuanced, and innovative work around these themes, and are committed to linking their scholarship to practice, thus bringing meaningful change to the people and communities around them. As part of the postgraduate student community at SASS, you will be an integral part of this collective. The research community is small, but vibrant, multidisciplinary, and collaborative – an approach well-suited to exploring the complex and dynamic social transformations in Southeast Asia.

In addition to benefiting from the unyielding expertise of the SASS faculty and your peers, you will have the opportunity to attend cutting-edge seminars, workshops, and conferences, and will be welcomed into the wider Monash Malaysia community. Postgraduate research students may also apply for the prestigious Graduate Research Merit Scholarship for funding assistance, and enjoy additional financial aid through the Campus Travel Subsidy Scheme.

As a graduate of these degrees, you will have developed finely-honed research skills, a dedicated area of specialization, in-depth methodological training in your field, and a wealth of academic experience. Postgraduate research degrees at SASS typically help students kickstart careers in academia, and can also open up a wide variety of research and analyses-based roles in external organizations. You will find that the skills, professional networks, and relationships developed over the course of these degrees endure across many different career trajectories, and leave you well-poised to make an impact in industry or community upon graduation.

We currently offer the following postgraduate research degree programs:

Master of Arts (MA)
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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Graduate Research Degrees at SASS

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts by 100 percent research will allow you to undertake substantial independent research on your chosen topic while supported by a minimum of two academic supervisors. You will produce a research thesis of no more than 40,000 words (or equivalent) independent research on a chosen topic while under the supervision of an expert academic. The period of candidature is two (2) years full-time or four (4) years part-time. Student can start their candidature at any time of the year.

Admission requirements:

  • a four-year Australian or New Zealand bachelor's degree with a minimum overall result of upper H2B (a mark of 65 or above) in an honours year (normally with a research component in the fourth year); or
  • an Australian or New Zealand master's preliminary qualification with a significant research component and with a minimum overall result of upper H2B (a mark of 65 or above); or
  • an Australian or New Zealand coursework master's degree with a significant research component graded at a minimum upper H2B (a mark of 65 or above), and a minimum overall result of upper H2B (a mark of 65 or above); or
  • an Australian or New Zealand research master's degree with a minimum overall result of upper H2B (a mark of 65 or above); or
  • qualifications or experience that the Graduate Research Committee considers to be equivalent to, or a satisfactory substitute for, the above.
  • and evidence that the candidate meets the University’s English language requirements.

Doctor of Philosophy/PhD

A Doctor of Philosophy involves the independent investigation of a research problem formulated by students in consultation with their supervisors (minimum two supervisors). You will produce a research thesis of no more than 80,000 words (or alternative approved output). The period of candidature is 3-4 years full-time or 6-8 years part-time. Student can start their candidature at any time of the year.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy requires one of the following minimum qualifications in a relevant discipline:

  • a four year Australian or New Zealand bachelor's degree with a minimum overall result of H2A (a mark of 70 or above) normally with a research component in the fourth year; or
  • an Australian or New Zealand master's preliminary qualification with a significant research component and with a minimum overall result of H2A (a mark of 70 or above); or
  • an Australian or New Zealand coursework master's degree with a significant research component graded at a minimum Distinction (a mark of 70 or above), and a minimum overall result of Distinction (a mark of 70 or above); or
  • an Australian or New Zealand research master's degree with a minimum overall result of H2A (a mark of 70 or above); or
  • qualifications or experience that the Graduate Research Committee considers to be equivalent to, or a satisfactory substitute for, the above.
  • and evidence that the candidate meets the University’s English language requirements.

How to apply? Understanding the Application Process

In general, the application process involves 6 main steps:

  1. Identifying a suitable research degree and checking your eligibility
  2. Searching for potential supervisors
  3. Lodging an ‘Expression of Interest’
  4. Obtaining an ‘Invitation to Apply’
  5. Submitting a formal application for candidature
  6. Accepting your offer

Step 1 – Identifying a suitable research degree and checking your eligibility

Monash University Malaysia’s School of Arts and Social Sciences offers two research degrees, both of which comprise 100% research.

Master of Arts (MA)KPT/JPT (R/310/7/0010) 03/20 - MQA/SWA0119

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)KPT/JPT (R/210/8/0016) 03/20 -MQA/SWA0117

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy both academic and English language proficiency entry requirements.


Step 2 –Searching for potential supervisors

The Staff Profiles section outlines the profiles of our academic staff for you to select as your potential supervisors.

You are encouraged to contact the potential supervisors directly and discuss your research proposal with them. When you contact a potential supervisor, you should state why you want to study with them. As a matter of courtesy, if you decide to contact more than one member of staff, you should mention this in your correspondence with all parties. Guidelines for preparing your research proposal.

Step 3 – Lodging an ‘Expression of Interest’ form

Before you proceed with a formal application, we would like to make an informal preliminary assessment of your qualifications and research preparedness. For this, we need some information from you to enable us to adequately evaluate your background, academic standing and research interests. We ask that you lodge an ‘Expression of Interest’ form and provide relevant documentation as listed in the form.

Please note that the submission of the ‘Expression of Interest’ form and accompanying documentation does not constitute a formal application for a Research Degree at the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

It is in your interest to provide supporting information and documentation with this form. Incomplete information or documentation may result in delays in the processing the form.

Expression of Interest Form

Step 4 – Obtaining an ‘Invitation to Apply’

After we receive your ‘Expression of Interest’, we will be seeking to understand your educational background, motivation to undertake research, research interest(s) and relevant research experience. We will also identify potential supervision and resources for your intended research.

Where you are assessed as suitable to apply for admission to the proposed research degree, and appropriate supervision and facilities are available for your research project, we will provide you with an ‘Invitation to Apply’.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

You are required to upload a copy of the ‘Invitation to Apply’ with your formal application; however it does not guarantee your application will be successful. It endorses your application to be considered for admission to our research degree program, based on the information or documentation provided with your ‘Expression of Interest’.

We aim to provide you with an ‘Invitation to Apply’ or a response to your ‘Expression of Interest’ within four weeks of its receipt. Therefore, you should lodge an ‘Expression of Interest’ no less than four weeks prior to the date on which you expect to submit your formal application.

Step 5 – Submitting a formal application for candidature

After you have received an ‘Invitation to Apply’, you can then start working on an online application.

The Monash Graduate Education (MGE) provides an instruction on how to apply.

You are required to register for an applicant ID first and then work on the application in stages. You do not have to submit your application in one sitting. You can update your draft application and gradually upload supporting documentation. So make sure that you save the application along the way. When it is ready, you may submit it.

You will be able to choose ‘Research degree only’ if you are applying for either MA or PhD candidature at the Monash University Malaysia.

You may follow the MGE step-by-step application guide, and if you have any queries or problems with the application process, please contact Ms Eswary Sivalingam at (+603)-5515 9632, Fax: (+603)-5514 6365.


Step 6: Accept your offer

Your offer is your ticket to join Monash University’s vibrant research community. You need to read your offer letter and offer pack carefully to know how to accept your offer and enrol in your course.

You’re now ready to enrol.

How to apply for scholarships ?

Please visit Graduate Research Merit Scholarship