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Candidates undertaking the Master of Education degree by Research will undertake an independent research investigation. It is expected that students will complete a thesis ranging between 20,000- 22,000 words for external examination.
- The thesis can be completed in 12 months (full time) or 24 months (part time).
- To be eligible to submit a thesis for examination, candidates must be enrolled in their course for a minimum period of six months full time equivalent.
- A six month extension may be requested.
- 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 20,000 - 22,000 words in length excluding tables, illustrations and bibliography.
- Refer to the University policy library and the Graduate Research Hub for further information regarding candidature, academic progress, ethics, thesis preparation and examination.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, candidates should have:
- Advanced theoretical understanding and knowledge of current research, debates, policies and practices within a specialised area of education 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
On completion of this subject, it is expected that candidates will possess the following generic skills:
- Critical reasoning and thinking
- Problem solving
- Evidence based decision making
- Creativity and innovation
- Self-reflection, career awareness and lifelong learning
Last updated: 10 February 2024