Graduate Certificate in Education Research - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Graduate Certificate in Education Research

Help design the future of education.

Take your first step into education research with a postgraduate qualification designed to build advanced research skills.

Study location
  • Sippy Downs
Refer to the program footnotes
Semester 1, Semester 2^
Program length (full-time)
6 months
Annual tuition fee 2021
Estimated total tuition fee *
  • Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
  • * Estimated tuition fees are based on 2021 rates. Refer to international fees for more information.
  • Not all majors/minors and elective options are available at every campus. You should refer to the What Can I Study tab, and the proposed study sequence for your chosen campus and intake for further information.
  • ^Semester 2 commencement available only in part-time study mode 
USC program code
Semester 1, Semester 2^
6 months full time or part time equivalent
Study mode
Blended Learning
Total courses
Total units
  • ^Semester 2 commencement available only in part-time study mode 

Whether you’re an educator looking to explore an aspect of pedagogy, or are looking for a pathway to a PhD, this program provides the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in a collaborative environment with like minded education researchers.

In this program you will:

  • Work under the supervision of USC’s highly trained staff to develop your idea into a researchable topic.
  • Develop advanced postgraduate skills in research methods, information literacy, proposal writing and research dissemination.
  • Enjoy a flexible learning environment that includes face-to-face components supported by online lectures, tutorials and study notes, and is designed to integrate with your busy lifestyle.

Looking for an advanced qualification? The Graduate Certificate in Education Research provides an excellent pathway to gain entry into USC’s Master of Education by Research or Doctor of Philosophy.

Note: The Graduate Certificate in Education Research is a postgraduate qualification designed for educators currently working in the field. It does not qualify graduates for teacher registration.

Admission Requirements

A student entering the Graduate Certificate in Education Research will normally be required to hold a four year bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) qualification in the education discipline from a recognised institution, or equivalent qualification.

Program structure

Required courses (4) 48 units

CourseSemester of offerRequisites
EDN701 Researching Education 24 units
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 1
  • Online: Semester 1
Pre: Enrolled in Program ED511 or ED705
Anti: EDU709
EDN705 Education Research Theories and Methodologies 24 units
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Online: Semester 1, Semester 2
Pre: Enrolled in Program ED511, ED705 or ED802

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 48
Program requirements
  • Successfully complete 48 units as outlined in the Program Structure

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