About this course
|Award title||Master of Education|
|Year & campus||2022 — Parkville|
|Fees information||Subject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date|
|Study level & type||Graduate Research|
|Duration||2 years full-time, or equivalent part-time|
The Master of Education degree by Research is directed at practising professionals in a broad range of fields related to education who want to develop expertise in educational research.
Those undertaking this research degree, will undertake an independent research study. Students will first complete the coursework component of the degree which has been designed to assist the student to prepare a defensible research proposal. The proposal will then form the basis of the independent research investigation. It is expected that students will complete a 30,000 word thesis for external examination.
Please note that this course will not provide you with registration to teach in Australia.
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
- a four-year education degree, or equivalent; or
- an undergraduate degree in any discipline and at least 50 credit points, or equivalent, of graduate study in education or in the relevant discipline to the proposed topic of research.
- a weighted average mark of at least H2A (75%), or equivalent.
Meeting this entry requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- prior academic performance.
3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 7 is required.
Successful applicants with the following may be granted 50 credit points of advanced standing towards the 50-credit point coursework component:
- a Graduate Certificate in Educational Research (GC-EDRES) from the University of Melbourne, with a weighted average mark of at least H2A (75%); or
- a Master of Education (MC-ED) from the University of Melbourne, with completion of the 50-credit point Research Pathway subjects with a weighted average mark of at least H2A (75%); or
- a Master of TESOL (MC-TESOL) from the University of Melbourne, with completion of the 50-credit point Research Pathway subjects with a weighted average mark of at least H2A (75%); or
- a Master of Modern Languages Education (MC-MLED) from the University of Melbourne, with completion of the 50-credit point Research Pathway subjects with a weighted average mark of at least H2A (75%); or
- a Master of Instructional Leadership (MC-INSLEAD) from the University of Melbourne, with completion of the 50-credit point Research Pathway subjects with a weighted average mark of at least H2A (75%); or
- a Master of Teaching from the University of Melbourne, with completion of the 50-credit point Research Pathway subjects with a weighted average mark of at least H2A (75%);
- the support of a principal supervisor.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
The Melbourne Graduate School of Education welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Graduate School policy to take reasonable steps to enable the participation of students with disabilities, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the Graduate School’s programs.
The core participation requirements for study in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education are:
In all courses
1. The ability to comprehend complex information related to education and the disciplines in which the student is teaching.
2. The ability to communicate clearly and independently in assessment tasks a knowledge of the content, principles and practices relating to education and other relevant disciplines.
3. Behavioural and social attributes that enable a student to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.
Students who feel a disability will prevent them from meeting the above academic requirements are encouraged to contact Student Equity and Disability Support: https://students.unimelb.edu.au/student-support/student-equity-and-disability-support
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this course, graduates should have:
- Advanced theoretical understanding and knowledge of current research, debates, policies and practices within a specialised area to identify a knowledge gap
- Advanced knowledge of educational research principles and methods to design a defensible research study
- Advanced understanding of the ethical implications of designing and conducting research investigations within an educational context and/or to address an educational problem
- Advanced cognitive and technical skills to plan and successfully execute a substantial piece of research that makes a contribution to knowledge
- Advanced written skills to present a theoretically sound and methodologically defensible research investigation
- Communication and technical skills to present a coherent and sustained argument and to disseminate research findings to the wider academic community as well as other professional practitioners
Graduates of the Master of Education by research will develop the following set of generic skills:
- Critical reasoning and thinking
- Problem solving
- Evidence based decision making
- Creativity and innovation
- Self-reflection, career awareness and lifelong learning
The course will develop in students a commitment to research excellence in education, allowing them to develop a critical understanding of their discipline, the process of research, and their capacities as critical, creative, competent and ethical researchers.
Graduates of the Master of Education by Research will have the necessary attributes to:
- Evaluate contemporary educational issues and educational research to inform educational practice and policies
- Contribute to discussions and debates associated with the role of educational research in addressing contemporary local, national and global issues
- Be creative, innovative, self directed and lifelong learners, able to link theory and practice and respond to the changing educational landscape (integrity and self awareness)
The first stage of the Master of Education (960BA) consists of 50 credit points of coursework.
Candidates must complete the following compulsory subjects:
- Education Research Methodology, 12.5 points; and
- Education Research Design, 37.5 points
Full time candidates complete their coursework component over 6 months; part time students over 12 months.
Candidates must achieve an average of at least H2A (75%) average in the coursework component to proceed to the thesis.
The second stage of the program consists of a 30,000 word thesis.
- Candidates enrol in a thesis subject and undertake a research project for the remaining duration of the degree.
- The thesis can be completed in 12 months, but a six month extension is available to those who have not quite finished but otherwise made good progress.
- In the six months prior to submission of their thesis candidates must present their research findings at a public completion seminar attended by their Advisory Committee.
- Candidates will be examined on the basis of their thesis which is examined externally. The thesis should normally be 30,000 words in length excluding tables, illustrations and bibliography.
- To be eligible to submit a thesis for examination, candidates must be enrolled in their course for the minimum period of 6 months full-time equivalent.
- Refer to the University policy library and the Graduate Research Hub for further information regarding candidature, academic progress, ethics, thesis preparation and examination.
Students complete EDUC90419 and either EDUC90558 or EDUC90931 (Part 1)/EDUC90932 (Part 2).
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|EDUC90419||Education Research Methodology||
|EDUC90558||Education Research Design||
|EDUC90931||Education Research Design Part 1||
|EDUC90932||Education Research Design Part 2||
Candidates will be enrolled into their thesis subject once they have completed the coursework component with the required H2A average.
Detailed information on the thesis is available at the Graduate Research Hub.
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|EDUC90356||Major Thesis - Education||
Graduates from this program are eligible to apply for entry to the Doctor of Education (DEd) program or a PhD provided they meet the respective minimum entry requirements. Meeting these minimum entry requirements does not automatically guarantee entry to the DEd or PhD.
Application Procedure: http://education.unimelb.edu.au/study_with_us/how_to_apply
Last updated: 12 November 2022