Educational Research - D4004

Educational Research

Graduate certificate

This course is for high achievers who want to undertake a graduate research degree such as a research masters degree or a PhD, but do not meet the eligibility requirements of previous research experience or feel they do not have sufficient previous research experience.

It is designed as a pathway course to prepare you to undertake research at a postgraduate level. You will learn about research methodology, research design and research ethics as you plan and conduct a research study that can lead onto a graduate research course.

If you complete the Graduate Certificate with high grades, you will be well placed to commence a successful Masters or PhD candidature in the field of education.

The course will provide you with a sound basis in educational research, enabling you to demonstrate that you can:

  • evaluate educational research with an understanding of a range of research methodologies,
  • define an issue in education and plan an investigable research project,
  • design and undertake a significant research project in Education, and
  • write up the results of the research project and demonstrate the capacity to adhere to the conventions of research.
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At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • Off-campus: Full time & part time

Domestic students: This on-campus course is delivered in flexible mode. Students can choose to engage via a fully online offering or to combine this with attendance at the face-to-face component if they are able and interested.

  • 0.5 years (full time)
  • 1 year (part time)
Start date
Term 1 (January) and Term 3 (July)
Graduate Certificate of Educational Research
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


An Australian  four year bachelor degree (or equivalent) in education or a related discipline with an average mark of at least 65%.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

You will need to include a detailed resume listing qualifications, work experience and details of two recent referees.

The course consists of two units, which will orient you to educational research and provide you with an understanding of educational research approaches and methodologies. You will apply this understanding in the implementation of a research project. It is through this project, leading to a research report of 10,000 words, that you will demonstrate your capacity to undertake and communicate high level research synthesis, analysis and evaluation.

Making the application

Future students

Term one (January)

Applications for Term 1, 2023 opened on 5 August 2022. Applications will close 18 November 2022

Apply directly to Monash using course code D4004


Term three (July)

Applications for Term 3, 2023 will open on 20 February 2023 . Applications will close on 1 June, 2023.

Apply directly to Monash using course code D4004


Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Total fee for this 24 credit point (6 month full-time) course.


The equivalent fee for a 48 credit point (12 month full-time) course would be A$26,500

Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.