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(Thesis&Crswrk)
CRICOS code075122C
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)
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.


The Master of Education by coursework and thesis is a research degree which requires candidates to complete a coursework component of two units and a thesis. The coursework component of the degree comprising two units is designed to consolidate students' familiarity with research in education and to develop their understanding of core concepts that may be incorporated into their research. In the research unit, students deepen their appreciation of research and the ethical implications of research decisions and consider how the elements of research design work together for robust outcomes. In the elective unit, students engage with key ideas and concepts in a particular area that may be incorporated into their research project. The research component 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.

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.


This course consists of two coursework units and a research thesis.


Candidates complete:

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) Master of Education 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.

Progression to further studies

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


Master of Education