Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 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 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education.

Course code3204
Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleMEd(Thesis&Crswrk)
CRICOS code075122C
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT

The student's research master's project is to be conceived from the outset as clearly achievable within the standard duration of the degree, taking into consideration all elements, including any compulsory coursework required.

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Berwick, Clayton, Peninsula)
Off-campus (Berwick, Clayton, Peninsula)
Multi-modal (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Research degrees officeResearch degrees office (


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


Candidature in a master's degree involves the independent investigation of a research problem that has been formulated by the candidate. It is expected that the research undertaken will make a contribution to the discipline in which the candidate is enrolled by applying, clarifying, critiquing or interpreting that knowledge. Candidates are supported by a minimum of two supervisors throughout their candidature.

The coursework component in this course comprises a research unit and an elective unit which consolidates students' familiarity with research in education and develops 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.


Successful completion of the program will signify that the holder has completed a course of postgraduate training in research under proper academic supervision and has submitted a thesis that the examiners have declared to be a significant contribution to knowledge and which demonstrates the candidate's capacity to carry out independent research.

Candidature rules

For all candidature rules and other important information for candidates, refer to the Handbook for Research Master's DegreesHandbook for Research Master's Degrees (


This course consists of a:

  • research and thesis component
  • coursework component.


Candidates must, in consultation with and under the direct supervision of a member/s of the academic staff:

(a.) complete two postgraduate-level coursework units chosen in consultation with their supervisor/s

Students are highly encouraged to complete:

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

Alternatively students can complete:

(b.) carry out a program of research on an agreed topic approved by the faculty for a specified period, including attending and/or presenting at seminars and other related activities as indicated by the faculty

(c.) submit for assessment a thesis of 20,000 - 25,000 words on the program of research which meets the requirements of the examiners. Submission of the thesis based on or partially based on conjointly published or unpublished work may be permitted.

Areas of study

Research topics are available in most of the faculty's areas of research strength, depending on supervision and resource availability. For more detail refer to the Faculty of Education Research websiteFaculty of Education Research website (

Progression to further studies

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

Alternative exit(s)

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

  • Graduate Certificate of Education Studies after successful completion of 24 points of study at level 4 and above
  • Graduate Certificate in Educational Research after successful completion of EDF5613 (Research approaches in education) and EDF5614 (Research project in education).

Note: These exit awards do not qualify graduates to be registered or employed as teachers.


Master of Education