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 code078862J
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Off-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course of study must be completed in a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 6 years, and enrolment must be continuous.


This course is designed to meet the needs of educators, educational administrators, managers, policy makers and others interested or involved in learning and education or educational work in the wider community, and who may be based either locally or internationally. The course offers a general stream and specialisations which indicate a particular area of focus that draws on research or practice expertise in the faculty. The course builds students' learning through broadening their knowledge of key constructs related to education contexts, deepening their professional learning in specialist areas and building their capacity as professional inquirers.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • develop their knowledge and understanding of educational contexts and their issues, values and practices
  • extend their understanding of key concepts related to education
  • examine areas of enhanced professional learning and develop deeper understanding of professional practice
  • develop critical analytical skills in discussing relevant research and academic concepts
  • apply research processes to areas of professional interest and practice
  • demonstrate capacity in synthesising and communicating ideas at an advanced academic level.

Credit for prior studies

Students who have completed prior studies may be eligible for credit for prior studiescredit for prior studies ( Students with two or more years of full-time relevant informal learning may be eligible for recognition of prior learningrecognition of prior learning (

Research component

This course includes an independent research dimension requiring the knowledge and application of research principles and practices applicable to a field of professional work or learning, or a capstone experience comprising professional experience and scholarship in a specific area of professional practice.


This course consists of orientation units, key constructs units, enhanced professional learning units, and professional inquiry or research units.

Areas of study


Students must complete:

(a.) two orientation units (24 points):

  • EDF4610 Interacting with research in education contexts
  • EDF4611 Investigating education issues in global contexts

(b.) two of the following key constructs units (24 points):

  • EDF5620 Leading education and work
  • EDF5621 Challenging curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
  • EDF5622 Developing learners and learning
  • EDF5623 Deepening education and sustainability

(c.) two or three enhanced professional learning units to satisfy the requirements of one of the 'Areas of study' above (24 or 36 points)

(d.) professional inquiry units through one of the following two options (12 or 24 points):

Option 1:

One or two of the following professional inquiry units, depending on how many units are completed at (c.):

  • EDF5691 Professional project
  • EDF5693 Using and evaluating research evidence
  • EDF5694 Taking a stand in education debates
  • EDF5695 Self-study as professional inquiry
  • EDF5814 Creative research approaches

Option 2:

A possible pathway to research is available to students who achieve a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the units of this course. The pathway is by invitation to students who meet this criterion and is not offered at the point of entry. However, students interested in this possibility must make space to pursue two units of professional inquiry by taking only two enhanced professional learning units in (c.) above. Students invited into this pathway take the following two units:

  • EDF5613 Research approaches in education
  • EDF5614 Research project in education

Refer to the course mapcourse map ( for the Master of Education for course progression advice.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • Graduate Diploma in Education Studies after successful completion of 48 points of study.


Master of Education
Master of Education specialising in Education, Environment and Sustainability
Master of Education specialising in Educational Leadership and Policy
Master of Education specialising in Expert Teaching Practice
Master of Education specialising in Inclusive Teaching and Learning
Master of Education specialising in Learning Communities and Practice Development

Where more than one award is listed the actual award conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.