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Graduate research in education


A graduate research degree in Education provides you with a unique opportunity to challenge yourself, make a contribution to existing knowledge, broaden your career options and develop a passion for research.

Why do research with Monash Education?

We have a vibrant research culture supported by Monash research groups, the Monash Education Research Community (MERC) and visiting scholars.

Our researchers are renowned for their multi-disciplinary approach and for their resilient solutions to today’s educational problems.

We have a strong record of securing major grants from Federal Government, State Government, research institutes and others in order to fund research into important educational questions related to topics such as creativity, digital technologies and expert teaching practice.

Our graduates go on to work in a wide range of fields, including positions of educational, cultural, political and academic leadership.

Our graduate research degrees

We offer the following graduate research degrees:

Master of Education - coursework/thesis

The Master of Education by Research is a supervised program designed to allow a student to conceptualise and implement a small research project on a topic of personal interest. The course is comprised of two coursework units and a 20,000 – 25,000 word research project (thesis).

Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD is a supervised program designed to allow a student to conceptualise and implement a major research project on a topic of personal interest, solely comprised of a major research project (thesis) of not more than 80,000 words with no coursework component.

Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology / Doctor of Philosophy

This program is not open for direct admission - it is only available to current students enrolled in the Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology course. Selected high achieving students in the Masters course are invited to articulate into the dual PhD degree after completion of their first year of study.

What topics can you research with us?

You are free to choose any research topic related to education in some way. The only limitation is the availability of a researcher willing to supervise you.

Our researchers have varied interests and conduct research in multitudes of areas, too many to list here. Here are some of the research areas you might consider:

  • Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Indigenous education
  • Adult learning and professional development
  • Arts education
  • Child development
  • Cultural and religious education
  • Curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
  • Dance education
  • Democratic education
  • Early childhood education
  • Economics of education and training, education finance
  • Education policy and reform
  • Educational technologies
  • Environmental and sustainability education
  • Globalisation and education
  • Health, wellbeing and physical education
  • Higher education
  • History education, history of education
  • Inclusion, disability, cultural diversity, special education, gifted education
  • Languages and literacy, LOTE, TESOL
  • Leadership in education
  • Music education
  • Philosophy of education
  • Philosophy for children
  • Psychology and counselling in educational settings
  • Sexuality, gender and education
  • Social justice and education
  • Sociology of education
  • STEM education - Science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • Teacher education
  • Work-based learning
  • ... and many others

Where to from here?

How to apply   Pathways to research