The student/supervisor relationship is absolutely critical to an optimal research experience.  It can make or break  a PhD.  Good supervisors provide mentoring, inspiration and intellectual challenge.  A student-supervisor relationship which is poor and unproductive is extremely stressful. The MPA  casework statistics show that poor supervision is the number one complaint reported by research postgraduates. We can help you to negotiate your way to better supervision. Contact the MPA Advocate for some confidential, independent and free advice.

Choosing a supervisor

Extract from a speech by Jenny Reeder, MPA Executive Officer

Managing your supervisor

Tips from the MPA on aspects such as frequency and quality of supervision, cultural aspects, changing supervisors

Supervision difficulties

The MPA Self-Help Guide to Conflict Resolution

Code of Practice for Supervision

Code of Practice for Supervision of doctoral and research master's candidates

Supervisor accreditation policy and maximum supervision load

5.1 Appointment of supervisors

Supervising by distance

Guidelines for remote supervision

MPA Advocate Contact Details

The best way to contact one of our Advocates is by via email. For those postgraduates located off-campus or studying via distance education, advice can be provided by email, and supported by phone calls (funded by the MPA).


Sunshine Kamaloni

Benoit Tasse


Sarah Murphy

Advocacy service at Peninsula, Parkville & the MMC

To support the needs of postgraduate students based at Peninsula, Parkville and MMC, an MPA advocate is scheduled to be on site to provide confidential, one-on-one support to postgrads.

Peninsula Campus
Ben Tasse will be at Peninsula on the following dates:

16 November 2017
23 November 2017
30 November 2017
7 December 2017
14 December 2017

Time: 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: Postgraduate Lounge, Struan House

Parkville Campus
Sunshine Kamaloni will be at Parkville on the following dates:

28 November 2017
12 December 2017

Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Venue: Pharm-Consultation Room 401.G.54

An advocate will be at the MMC on the following dates:

21 November 2017
12 December 2017

Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Venue: Level 2 Meeting Room MHRP Building

Revised assessment and coursework unit procedures from Semester 2, 2017

Monash University recently revised its approach to assessment. There is a new Assessment in Coursework Units Policy which integrates the ‘Monash Assessment Vision’. There are also procedures which accompany the policy. The MPA urges postgrads to take note of these new procedures that come into effect from Semester 2, 2017. More details are available here

Making Good Decisions Advocacy Forum

Click here to view slides from the 2017 MPA advocacy forum