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Master of Philosophy - Education (MR-PHILEDU) // Attributes, outcomes and skills

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Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course students should be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced learning in research skills and mastery of appropriate techniques, such as the use of archival or primary evidence, analysis of data, judgment of conflicting evidence etc;
  • demonstrate specialist knowledge in the area of their research;
  • present the results of their research in publishable quality or work towards incorporating their findings in further research;
  • gain access to certain types of employment through this specialist qualification;
  • demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, research ethics or code of practice.

Graduate attributes

The Melbourne Experience enables our graduates to become:

  • Academically excellent
  • Knowledgeable across disciplines
  • Leaders in communities
  • Attuned to cultural diversity
  • Active global citizens.

Graduate research degrees further develop these core attributes in important ways. Masters degrees at the University of Melbourne seek to develop graduates who have a capacity for defining and managing a research project characterised by originality and independence. Their training equips them for more sustained and original work at the doctoral level or for applied research positions in a wide variety of contexts. The University expects its masters by research graduates to have the following attributes:

  • An ability to initiate research projects and to formulate viable research questions
  • A demonstrated capacity to design, conduct and report independent and original research on a closely-defined project
  • An ability to manage time to maximise the quality of research
  • An understanding of the major contours of international research in the research area
  • A capacity for critical evaluation of relevant scholarly literature
  • Well-developed and flexible problem-solving abilities appropriate to the discipline
  • The ability to analyse research data within a changing disciplinary environment
  • The capacity to communicate effectively the results of research and scholarship by oral and written communication
  • An understanding of and facility with scholarly conventions in the discipline area
  • A profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of research and scholarship
  • A capacity to cooperate with other researchers
  • An ability to manage information effectively, including the application of computer systems and software where appropriate to the student's field of study.