Dr. Prabhakar Ranganathan
Monash University
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
The Woodside Building for Technology and Design
Scenic Road, Monash University, Clayton, VIC 3800
Phone: +6139905340

PhD applications

Applicants interested in a PhD in Computational Mechanics of Soft Matter should email Dr. Prabhakar Ranganathan ( a detailed CV along with their project preferences (under Research tab).

All applicants will need to take a test and attend an interview.

The test is a screening test to ensure that applicants have basic technical knowledge and skills. It will involve questions in basic undergraduate physics and numerical methods. There will also be a question that will ask the applicant to read a journal paper and summarize its contents. This is to ensure that the applicant is capable of reading technical articles and write at the level required for a PhD. In all, the test may take about a day to finish – about two hours for the technical questions, and a few more hours to read and finish the paper summary.

The interview will focus on verbal communication skills and long-term career goals. Applicants will need to give a 15 min presentation to members of the CMSM group on any research the applicant has previously conducted. There will be questions from the interview panel.

It is also really important that applicants familiarize themselves with the admission process at Monash: