What will I learn?

Make an educational difference through research

Build upon your experience in education to conduct research that contributes to creating lasting social change. This program allows you to design research that is educationally significant. You will be guided by expert supervisors from planning through to completion, with access to regular training, professional development, conferences, and publications

In this program you will:

  • Receive expert guidance in research theories and methodologies
  • Choose to study full-time or part-time, with blended learning opportunities
  • Specialise in an area of research that contributes to education scholarship
  • Have access to a range of opportunities to fine-tune your postgraduate level research skills
  • Have the opportunity to participate and present at conferences

Career opportunities

  • Head of Department
  • School or program leader
  • Academic
  • Education advisor

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

The program has four distinct phases—proposal and affirmation of candidature, writing of the thesis, presentation of a scholarly paper to a significant national or international audience, and examination of the thesis.

As a candidate you complete one required course, EDN705 Education Research Theories and Methodologies(24 units) which addresses the need to embed research enquiry in a particular research paradigm. You investigate a number of research paradigms and a range of research methods that may offer understandings and tools to interrogate a research problem.

And demonstrate an understanding of the interplay among research paradigms, epistemology, and methodology and research methods before initiating your research project.

You are required to write a scholarly thesis of 40,000 words (168 units) in a specific professional field, which demonstrates that you are making a significant contribution to knowledge and practice in your professional context.

The thesis should also contribute to scholarship within your particular field of study.

Which department am I in?

School of Education and Tertiary Access

CRICOS

072639J

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$29,000.00 (US$ 20,968) per year
Estimated Total Tuition Fee: AUD $58,000
Start date

28 February 2022, 25 July 2022

Venue

University of the Sunshine Coast

90 Sippy Downs Drive,

SIPPY DOWNS,

Queensland,

4556, SUNSHINE COAST, Australia

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$29,000.00 (US$ 20,968) per year
Estimated Total Tuition Fee: AUD $58,000
Start date

28 February 2022, 25 July 2022

Venue

USC Fraser Coast Campus

161 Old Maryborough Road,

HERVEY BAY,

Queensland,

4655, BUNDABERG, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission, applicants are normally required to hold a bachelor degree with at least Honours Class 2 Division II from a recognised higher education institution. Applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree and have achieved by subsequent work and study a standard equivalent to at least Honours Class 2 Division II may also be considered. IELTS (Academic) - Overall score of 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each subtest; TOEFL: Internet-based - Overall score of 85 with minimum score of 21 for writing; TOEFL: Paper-based - Overall score of 575 with minimum essay score of 4; Pearson Test of English - Overall score of 58 with no sub score less than 54; CAE/CPE (results after Jan 2015) - Overall score of 177 or above with no less than 169 in each skill; USC's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 2 - Successful completion; USC's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 3 - Successful completion.

For international students

To be eligible for admission to Master of Education by Research candidature, applicants are normally required to hold either:

  • a four-year undergraduate degree in an appropriate discipline with a GPA of 5 (on a 7 point scale) or equivalent, together with professional expertise in a specific field of education or training and a demonstrated potential to engage in research or
  • a Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in Education with a GPA of 5 or better (on a 7 point scale) or equivalent together with professional expertise in a specific field of education or training and a demonstrated potential to engage in research or
  • a bachelor degree with Class 1 Honours or Class 2 Division I or Division II Honours

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each subtest; TOEFL (Internet-based): overall score of 85 with minimum score of 21 for writing; TOEFL: Paper-based: Overall score of 575 with minimum essay score of 4; Pearson Test of English: Overall score of 58 with no sub score less than 54; CAE/CPE: Overall score of 177 or above with no less than 169 in each skill; USC's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 2: Successful completion.

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

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