Design (by Research)

Monash University

Master On Campus
24 months
34100 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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The Design (by Research) program from Monash University is offered in the principal research areas of communication design and industrial design, with focus on human-centred product design, transport design, digital design, new media, interaction design, experience design and interior architecture.


The Design (by Research) program from Monash University requires students to develop a research project that leads to the production of a new body of creative design work with accompanying written and visual commentary that outlines the development of the project and its findings, and provides a critical context within which the work may be understood and valuated. 

The written component will be between 10,000 and 20,000 words, along with a visual record of the design process and creative outcomes. Written work is not examined separately but critically assessed together with an exhibition of design works. To support the development of the research project, students also undertake two coursework units in research methods, which will assist them with forming appropriate research design for their particular project.

Career opportunities

Through their research, identification and application of appropriate research and creative methodologies, master's graduates have demonstrated advanced skills and application of specialist knowledge to the attainment of practice-based design-focused outcomes. 

Master's graduates work as creative and cultural producers: industrial designers, graphic designers, interior architects, new media content producers and developers and as academics, researchers and service design consultants for specialist companies, leading corporations and manufacturers, advertising agencies, governments; and as independent creative practitioners.

Programme Structure

Disciplines offered include:
  • design
  • graphic design/visual communication
  • industrial design
  • interior architecture
  • multimedia/multimedia design.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • CRICOS code: 044094C
  • All applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    34100 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34100 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • This course is supported by the Australian government's Research Training Program (RTP).


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Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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Design (by Research)
Monash University