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Monash University Policy Bank

Qualification Categories Policy


To specify entrance and exit standards, duration and credit points for all qualifications categories offered by Monash University, as approved by University Council.


All Monash qualifications categories

Policy Statement

All Monash awards must meet the entrance level, duration and exit standard as set out in the Schedule of Qualification Categories.

Monash qualification categories are generally consistent with the Australian Qualifications Framework. Monash University offers the following qualification categories:

Higher Degrees by Research

Higher Doctorate

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Medicine

Professional Doctorate

Master by Research

Coursework Programs

Master (Honours)

Master by Coursework

Postgraduate Diploma

Postgraduate Certificate

Graduate Diploma

Graduate Certificate

Honours Bachelor degree

Bachelor degree with Honours


Associate Degree

Undergraduate Diploma

Non-Award Programs

Faculty Certificates

Monash provides a range of pathways across both undergraduate and postgraduate offerings using credit transfer and recognition of prior learning arrangements.

Supporting procedures

Qualification Categories Procedures

Supporting guidelines

Responsibility for implementation

• University Council - approval of all qualification categories.
• Academic Board - review of recommendations from Education Committee or Monash Research Graduate School for the establishment, amendment and disestablishment of qualification categories.
• Education Committee - review of proposals submitted to establish, amend or disestablish coursework qualification categories.
• Research Graduate School - review of proposals submitted to establish, amend or disestablish research qualification categories.



Key Stakeholders

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Training)
Education Committee
Monash Research Graduate School
Faculty Deans

Approval body

Name: Council
Meeting: 8/2008
Date: 08-December-2008
Agenda item: 7.7

Endorsement body

Name: Academic Board
Meeting: 7/2008
Date: 19-November-2008
Agenda item: 15.3


Qualifications Category: A generic name for a particular level of academic study leading to a qualification. Each qualification category has specific entrance and exit standards, duration and credit points.

Qualification: A degree, diploma or certificate comprising approved Monash study.

Legislation Mandating Compliance

All relevant legislative instruments that stipulate requirements with which members of the Monash community (all of whom are subject to the law) are obligated to comply.

Monash University Act 2009

Related policies

Course Structure Policy and Procedures

Credit Policy and Procedures.

Establishing, Disestablishing and Amending Courses and Units Policy

Monash Graduate Attributes Policy

Honours Year Programs Policy and Procedures

Non-Award Study Policy  

Related documents

Schedule of Qualification Categories

Handbook for Doctoral and MPhil degrees

Monash Directions 2025

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