Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleMEd
CRICOS code075120E
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Berwick, Clayton, Peninsula)
Off-campus (Berwick, Clayton, Peninsula)
Multi-modal (Clayton, Peninsula)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course coordinator


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This course is a thesis-only research degree which requires candidates to carry out an independent study which is reported in a thesis. The program is designed to enable candidates to conceptualise and implement a major research project on a topic of interest to them. Candidates work with a supervisor to help them clarify the nature and scope of their research proposal. In the course of their research, they may draw on a range of research methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative. By embarking on research of this kind they will join a research community and have the opportunity to participate in staff and student forums, and conferences.

External candidature

Candidature by external mode is available and can be on a full-time or part-time basis. Prospective candidates applying for external mode must be able to ensure regular interactive communication with their supervisor and be able to undertake the equivalent of five days of full-time study within the University each year although this requirement may be relaxed in later years depending on the candidate's progress.


The first six to nine months' full-time (or equivalent) is a period of probationary candidature. After the first six to nine months' full-time (or equivalent) candidature, students are required to prepare a research proposal and present it orally to a panel of academic staff. If the panel agrees, the student's status changes from probationary to confirmed candidature.

Candidates for the Master of Education will submit a thesis of no less than 30,000 words and no more than 40,000 words and will engage in a research induction program in consultation with their supervisor.

Progression to further studies

It is possible to upgrade to a Doctor of Philosophy from this course.


Master of Education