Master of Education by Research - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Master of Education by Research

Make an educational difference through research

Build upon your experience in education to conduct research that contributes to creating lasting social change. This program allows you to design research that is educationally significant. You will be guided by expert supervisors from planning through to completion, with access to regular training, professional development, conferences, and publications

Study locations
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Fraser Coast
  • Gympie
Refer to the program footnotes
Program length (full-time)
2 years
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.
  • * Campus note - Admission is subject to availability of appropriate supervision and facilities
Study locations QTAC code
  • Sunshine Coast N/A
  • Fraser Coast N/A
  • Gympie
USC program code
2 years full time; 4 years part time
Study mode
Blended Learning
Total units
  • * Campus note - Admission is subject to availability of appropriate supervision and facilities

In this program you will: 

  • Receive expert guidance in research theories and methodologies 
  • Choose to study full-time or part-time, with blended learning opportunities 
  • Specialise in an area of research that contributes to education scholarship 
  • Have access to a range of opportunities to fine-tune your postgraduate level research skills 
  • Have the opportunity to participate and present at conferences 
Career opportunities
  • Head of Department
  • School or program leader
  • Academic
  • Education advisor
Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to Master of Education by Research candidature, applicants are normally required to hold either:

  • a four-year undergraduate degree in an appropriate discipline with a GPA of 5 (on a 7 point scale) or equivalent, together with professional expertise in a specific field of education or training and a demonstrated potential to engage in research
  • a Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in Education with a GPA of 5 or better (on a 7 point scale) or equivalent together with professional expertise in a specific field of education or training and a demonstrated potential to engage in research
  • a bachelor degree with Class 1 Honours or Class 2 Division I or Division II Honours
  • admission is subject to the availability of appropriate supervision and facilities.

Refer also to the University's English language requirements.


Program structure

The program has four distinct phases—proposal and affirmation of candidature, writing of the thesis, presentation of a scholarly paper to a significant national or international audience, and examination of the thesis.

As a candidate you complete one required course, EDN705 Education Research Theories and Methodologies(24 units) which addresses the need to embed research enquiry in a particular research paradigm. You investigate a number of research paradigms and a range of research methods that may offer understandings and tools to interrogate a research problem.

And demonstrate an understanding of the interplay among research paradigms, epistemology, and methodology and research methods before initiating your research project.

You are required to write a scholarly thesis of 40,000 words (168 units) in a specific professional field, which demonstrates that you are making a significant contribution to knowledge and practice in your professional context.

The thesis should also contribute to scholarship within your particular field of study.


Total units: 192
Program requirements and notes
  1. Prospective applicants wishing to undertake an MEd by Research can use the Research Supervisor Search to find a suitable supervisor.
  2. For further information, refer to the Higher Degrees by Research - Academic Policy.
  3. Refer to related policies, rules, plans and procedures.
  4. Refer to the University's English language requirements.
  5. Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa.
Enrolment and fees
  1. Domestic candidates: Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents will be assessed for a Research Training Program Fee Offset Scholarship as part of the admission process. The RTP Fee Offset Scholarship may cover tuition fees for a period of up to 2 years for Masters candidates. Candidates who do not complete their degree within the 2 year period will be required to pay fees for any additional periods of enrolment. Please refer to Higher Degree by Research fees.
  2. International candidates: tuition fees apply. Refer to International HDR tuition fees.
  3. In any semester, full-time enrolment comprises 0.500 EFTSL.*
  4. In any semester, part-time enrolment comprises 0.250 EFTSL.*
  5. The census date for withdrawal without financial penalty or academic penalty is the Semester 1 or 2 census date.

* EFTSL - Equivalent Full-Time Student Load. One year of full-time study equates to 1.000 EFTSL.

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