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  • Equip yourself with the research and analytical skills to position you as an expert in your field.
  • Be supported by accredited supervisors, many of whom are world-renowned academics.
  • Research a topic of your choice.
  • Ideal preparation for the Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Education.
QUT course code EU10
Attendance Part-time or Full-time
Course duration 1.5 years full-time
3 years part-time
Start month 2016 February, July
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Faculty of Education
Course contact
CRICOS code 084928A
  • Educational researcher
  • Educator
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Fellow
  • Research officer


The Master of Education (Research) equips you with the research and analytical skills to position you as an expert in your field. This program allows you to research a topic of your choice, consistent with the strategic plans of the faculty, and culminates in the submission of a thesis. Under the guidance of your supervisors, you will conduct your research within the Office of Education Research. The course is a fitting preparation for the faculty’s Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Education.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Master of Education (Research)

The course comprises four stages: preparation, confirmation of candidature, implementation and submission of a thesis of up to 40,000 words.

  1. Preparation stage: you undertake two research methodology units - Conducting and Evaluating Educational Research and Shaping an Educational Research Project. Exemption may be granted for the methodology units if you can demonstrate that you have already completed equivalent studies or have relevant research experience. During this stage, in consultation with your supervisors, you will determine the research methods to be used in your thesis and begin work on your literature review.
  2. Confirmation of candidature stage: you present and justify your research proposal at a seminar attended by academic staff and your peers. Your confirmation document includes your research design and your draft literature review.
  3. Implementation stage: you execute your research proper, collecting your data and analysing the results.
  4. Submission stage: in the final stage of your Master of Education (Research) journey, you finish writing your thesis and present it to a review panel for approval at a final oral seminar open to the public. Once approved, your thesis is ready to be submitted for examination.

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Entry requirements

A completed recognised bachelor honours degree including a major relevant to the intended area of study; or

A completed recognised four year bachelor degree (or equivalent) including a major relevant to the intended area of study with a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 5.0 (on QUT’s 7 point scale) and relevant professional and/ or research experience as determined by Faculty.

Research proposals must be submitted with your application. Proposed research projects are subject to supervisor availability and resources available within the faculty to support the proposed research topic.

Application Guide

Applicants are asked to nominate a supervisor and topic when submitting a formal application. An application is likely to be more successful where a supervisor and topic are well matched.

Applicants should ensure that there is a genuine fit with the potential supervisor's research interests by looking at the interests of the researchers within the relevant school as described on the QUT Education Faculty website. Applicants are encouraged to contact the postgraduate research enquiries team for assistance at (

This contact should include a transcript of academic records, the topic area which you wish to study, the school in which you wish to undertake your research, and if known, the name of a potential supervisor. The HDR Admissions Officer may ask you for further information to assist with your enquiry. The information will be passed onto the nominated (or relevant) school or supervisor.

Faculty Research Contact


Telephone: +61 7 3138 3041

Level 5, B Block
Kelvin Grove
Victoria Park Rd
Kelvin Grove

Application Submission

You can submit an online application or hardcopy using the PR Form. Hardcopy applications can be emailed to the QUT HDR Admissions Office at ( Applications must include all supporting documentations including your detailed research proposal.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

If you're an Australian citizen or permanent visa holder, or a New Zealand citizen, your tuition fees are automatically covered by the Australian government's Research Training Scheme (RTS), as long as you complete your degree within the scheme's set timeframes. You'll have to pay tuition fees if you exceed the time limits under the RTS.

2016: $10,800 per Study Period (full-time) if you exceed the maximum time under RTS. (subject to annual review)

2015: $15,900 per Study Period (full-time) if you exceed the maximum time under the RTS. (subject to annual review)

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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How to apply for Master of Education (Research)

You apply directly to QUT for all our research degrees.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you have:

  1. Looked at our research areas
  2. Selected your degree
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked if you're eligible for a scholarship
  5. Agreed on a supervisor with your faculty
  6. Discussed your options and developed your topic
  7. Written your research proposal
  8. Gathered your supporting documents

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Submit your application


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