Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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The PhD program offered in the School of Science enables students to complete extensive, independent research (100,000 words). In pursuit of excellence, Monash scientists set new standards that influence technological developments, contribute to improvements in health and social well-being, support environmental sustainability, and result in advances in industrial practices.

Postgraduate science students have access to internationally renowned research centres and can develop close professional relationships with local industry and government. 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

This PhD program may be undertaken in the principal areas of research offered by the School of Science, including:

  • applied sciences
  • biological sciences
  • chemistry
  • food science and technology
  • medical bioscience
  • biotechnology
  • environmental science.

Career opportunities

Science graduates gain employment in genetic engineering, agricultural support, pharmaceutical science, banking and finance, environmental consulting, hospitals, medical institutes, mining, petroleum, engineering, research, and the wine and food industries.

Course structure

The Monash University Handbook has detailed information about the structure and requirements for the PhD program in the School of Science.

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 Science, you must have completed a degree with honours 1 (first-class) or 2A (upper second class) in a relevant research area.


Our PhD can be undertaken over four years of full-time or eight years of part-time study.


In 2021, annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • RM42,333 for Malaysian students
  • RM46,556 for international students.

Once-only fees

  • Application - RM100
  • Registration - RM200

Per-semester fee

  • General amenities - RM100

Visa application fee for new international student

  • Indonesia - RM3,340 (2 years)
  • Other countries - RM2,330 (1 year)

Intake periods

You can apply for the PhD at Monash Malaysia throughout the year, subject to availability of supervision.

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More information

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

Research and Development
Phone: +60 3 5514 6121

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