Postgraduate - Course
This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018
and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the
'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Education.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
Research degrees officeResearch degrees office (http://www.monash.edu.au/education/research/degrees/contact/)
Admission and fees
Master by research
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.
Mode and location
On-campus (Clayton, Peninsula)
Off-campus (Clayton, Peninsula)
Master of Education
Graduate Certificate of Education Studies
Graduate Certificate of Educational Research
Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.
Enrolment in a master's by research degree involves the independent investigation of a research problem that has been formulated by you as the student. It is expected that the research you undertake will make a contribution to the discipline in which you are enrolled by applying, critiquing, analysing or interpreting that knowledge in ways that facilitate pathways for further learning. You will be supported in your research by a supervisory team.
The coursework component in this course comprises a research methods unit and an elective unit which consolidates your familiarity with research in education and develops your understanding of core concepts that may be incorporated into your research. In the research unit, you deepen your 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, you engage with key ideas and concepts in a particular area that may be incorporated into your research project.
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
Successful completion of the course will signify that the student 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 student's capacity to carry out independent research.
Conditions of enrolment
You will be required to complete:
- Monash Graduate Research Induction (online)
- Research Integrity (online)
- any faculty or program induction requirements.
As a student of the university, you will be required to abide by all relevant statutes, regulations, policies and procedures. This includes maintaining satisfactory progress via regular milestone reviews in accordance with the Graduate Research Progress Management policyGraduate Research Progress Management policy (http://www.monash.edu/_data/assets/pdffile/0009/787311/Graduate-Research-Progress-Management-Policy.pdf) and procedures, ensuring you are undertaking research of an appropriate quality and scale as required by your course. You should refer to the University's current statutes and the University Policy BankUniversity Policy Bank (https://www.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/graduate-education) for links to relevant policies, procedures and guidelines.
This course consists of a:
- research and thesis component
- coursework component.
You 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 strongly 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 a thesis including published worksthesis including published works (https://www.monash.edu/graduate-research/supervisors-and-examiners/examiners/publication) may be permitted.
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 Graduate Research websiteFaculty of Education Graduate Research website (http://www.monash.edu.au/education/research/degrees/apply/#step1).
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 of Educational Research after successful completion of EDF5613 (Research approaches in education) and EDF5614 (Research project in education).
Progression to further studies
Students who have made exceptional progress and whose project is of sufficient depth and breadth may apply to transfer to a Doctor of Philosophy within 15 months (equivalent full-time) of commencing this course.