Master of Design (By Research)

Monash University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00008C

The course requires students to develop a research project that results in a new body of design work with an accompanying written and visual exegetical essay. The exegetical essay is a written and visual commentary that outlines the development of the project and its conclusion, and provides a critical context within which the work may be viewed and assessed. The essay will be between 10,000 and 20,000 words, with a photographic record of the design work being bound into the document. Written work is not examined separately but considered together with an exhibition of new design works, which demonstrate a conclusion to the research proposal at the master level.

Designed for

Designers wanting to further develop their studio work skills and pursue focused critical analysis


The course consists of an original research project, creative or design works and documentation, and completion of two coursework units (research methods in design, and design theory workshop), which will guide them through the methodological and documentary dimensions of their project.


  • Computer-aided design
  • Industrial design
  • Interior architecture
  • Multimedia design
  • Product design
  • Transport design
  • Visual communication/graphic design

Standard entry requirements

  • Relevant honours degree (Upper H2B or above) or equivalent
  • Or equivalent publications, professional practice (5 years minimum), design registrations, major commissions, etc
  • 10-15 images of recent original work
  • Research proposal of 200-300 words.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Caulfield International: $68,200 No
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

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