Research Higher Degrees


Master of Arts (MA)

When studying for a Master of Arts you learn techniques in research and critical evaluation specific to your field of study.  You will be required to apply the methodology in a specified program of research under supervision.  The degree is awarded primarily on the basis of a thesis describing the results of a research project.  Students are guided by a supervisor through the stages of research to produce a thesis of 35,000 - 50,000 words. 

A Master of Arts candidature normally takes two years full-time or four years part-time to complete.

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Doctor of Education (EdD)

The Doctor of Education is a Professional Doctorate and comprises up to one-third coursework and two-thirds research and enables you to make an original, sustained contribution to knowledge in professional policy, management and practice through a major research thesis.  Students in the Doctor of Education are expected to complete 27 units of doctoral coursework topics with 81 units of research incorporating a 45 unit dissertation.

You will develop an advanced understanding of politics and ethics of education policy, research and management, enabling you to undertake a variety of advanced professional roles in your field.

The Doctor of Education will generally take three years full-time or six years part-time to complete.

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Please note that applications for entry in 2018 close on 31 October 2017.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

When studying for a PhD you receive training to conduct research independently at a high level of originality and quality.  You're expected to conceive, design and complete a research program and create new knowledge.  This program can involve the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative re-interpretation of known data and established ideas.  Students are guided by a supervisor through the stages of research to produce a thesis of 70,000 to 100,000 words.

A PhD candidature normally takes four years full-time or eight years part-time to complete.

Students undertaking a PhD may have a career path that requires them to undertake large, complex research studies that typically focus sustained attention on a single area.  The PhD is valuable for those who will work or currently work as academics in universities, or as researchers in research institutes or in private or government educational enterprises.  PhD students see themselves as professional researchers at a high level.

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