Master of Education

Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma


The Faculty offers generalist and specialist postgraduate qualifications for students whose first degree is in education. Each program comprises units of study designed to deliver the knowledge considered essential to postgraduate-level understanding of the area, within the constraints of the chosen program.

There are two forms of program:

  • Specialist (designated): Students concentrate their studies in one of the specialist areas and graduate with a degree that indicates their area of specialisation, for example, Master of Education (Special and Inclusive Education).
  • General: This approach is best suited to those students who have a broad range of interests and wish to select units from across the entire postgraduate program.

The following specialist areas are currently offered:


Course requirements

The course requirements for specialist (designated) qualifications are located on the individual specialist program pages (click on the links above or to the left).

Master of Education (without a specialisation)

To qualify for the award of Master of Education without a specialisation, a candidate must complete 48 credit points, including:

  • a minimum of 18 credit points from one specialisation, including 12 credit points of core units; and
  • a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units.

Capstone units of study

Master’s candidates must complete either the Special Project (6 credit points) or the Dissertation (12 credit points), normally in their final semester of enrolment.

Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (without a specialisation)

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies without a specialisation, a candidate must complete 36 credit points, including:

  • a minimum of 12 credit points of core units from one specialisation.

Candidates who have completed the requirements of the Graduate Diploma may claim full credit towards the Master of Education, provided they enrol within six years and have not taken out the award of Graduate Diploma.

Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (without a specialisation)

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies without a specialisation, a candidate must complete 24 credit points.

Candidates who have completed the requirements of the Graduate Certificate may claim full credit towards the Graduate Diploma or Master of Education, provided they enrol within six years and have not taken out the award of Graduate Certificate.