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 code4221
Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleGradCertEdRes
CRICOS code079582J
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)0.5 years FT, 1 year PT

This course of study must be completed in a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 3 years, and enrolment must be continuous.

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or

Course coordinator

Student advisersStudent advisers (


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


This course is designed for students with a first qualification in the education discipline, broadly defined, who wish to pursue learning that will allow them to generate new knowledge and understanding through educational research. It orients students to educational research and provides them with an understanding of educational research approaches and methodologies. Students apply this understanding through the design and implementation of a research project which demonstrates capacity to undertake and communicate high level research synthesis, analysis and evaluation.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

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

(1.) evaluate educational research with an understanding of the range of research methodologies it exemplifies

(2.) define an issue in education as an investigable research project

(3.) design a project demonstrating understanding of the range of research methodologies available, their relevance to the project and the ethical implications they hold

(4.) undertake a significant research project in education

(5.) communicate the results of the research project and demonstrate the capacity to adhere to the conventions of research

(6.) demonstrate capacity in synthesising and communicating ideas at an advanced academic level.

Credit for prior studies

Students who have studied at the tertiary level may be eligible for credit for prior studiescredit for prior studies (


This course consists of two 12-point core units.


Students must complete:

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

Refer to the course mapcourse map ( for for guidance on how to plan your unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Progression to further studies

Students who achieve a minimum mark of 65 per cent (high credit) in each unit are eligible to apply for admission to 0077 Master of Education, which is a research degree by thesis or 3204 Master of Education, a research degree by thesis and coursework. Students who achieve a minimum mark of 70 per cent (distinction) in each unit are eligible to apply for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).


Graduate Certificate in Educational Research