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What will I learn?

The Master of Philosophy is a specialised research degree for qualified educators who wish to pursue research in their area of interest, and seek out roles in leadership and policy.

One third of this degree is coursework with the remainder of the program is used to conduct a supervised research project. The Master of Philosophy is also a pathway to higher degree research programs such as the Doctor of Education or the Doctor of Philosophy.

What you will study

The Master of Philosophy combines a research project with specialised education studies in areas such as Adult and Vocational Education, Educational Leadership, Higher Education, Information Communication Technology in Education and Training (ICT) in Education and Training, Literacy, Special Education, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages TESOL.

Why choose this course

The UOW School of Education is home to leading academics specialising in a broad range of areas within education. Education researchers lead strengths such as the Centre for Higher Education Research, Innovation and Impact (CHERII), Interdisciplinary Discourses Analysis in Education, Arts and Social Sciences (IDEAS), Play, pedagogy and curriculum in contemporary theory and practice (within Early Start Research) and the Pedagogical Laboratory for Physical Education and Sport. The School also has a long history of interdisciplinary and transformational research supporting the development of individuals, organisations and communities.

The UOW Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities has a strong track record in research across a broad range of disciplines. Our passionate and engaged scholars provide a rich environment for the continued development of theoretical and interdisciplinary research.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$27,744.00 (15,26,073) per year
AUD $55,488 for the entire course; Session fee: AUD $13,872

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

25 July 2022, 27 February 2023, 24 July 2023


University of Wollongong

Northfields Avenue,


New South Wales,

2522, WOLLONGONG, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Recognised Bachelor degree with an equivalent average mark of 60% in any area.

For international students

Honours degree with 2nd class Division 2 or higher, coursework Masters with WAM 60+ or GPA of 2.8 out of 4.
Candidates with a Coursework Masters degree or a 4-year Bachelor Honours degree in the same discipline may be granted up to 24 credit points of advanced standing for the coursework component of the Master of Philosophy.
Special Admission Requirements
All applicants for research degrees must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

commence with a statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work;
contain, in no more than one additional page, a clearly focussed research proposal for the study you would wish to undertake throughout your registration in the course; and
conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.

IELTS Academic Overall Score of 6.5, reading 6.0, writing 6.0, listening 6.0, speaking 6.0;

TOEFL (Internet-based) score of 86, reading 18, writing 18, listening 17, speaking 17; PTE Academic overall score of 62; All bands 54.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong has an exceptional record of getting graduates job-ready and enjoys an excellent international reputation for teaching.

  • Ranked among the top 1% for graduate quality
  • Offers a range of exchanges, scholarships and bursaries
  • Provides students top-class sporting facilities
  • Annually welcomes almost 6000 international students