Master of Philosophy (Education)

The Master of Philosophy is a degree completed by research and advanced coursework. Students undertaking this degree are assigned to a supervisor and, usually, an associate supervisor. This program consists of a supervised research component and required coursework. It is designed for students interested in pursuing research but not eligible to undertake a PhD.

Candidates must complete:

  • one Education or Social Work core unit (6 credit points); and
  • one elective unit (6 credit points) as recommended by the supervisor from the units of study table below

Course convenor

Associate Professor Ruth Phillips
Phone 02 9351 6899
Room 741, Education Building, A35
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Master of Philosophy in Education


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2014, the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended), the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register: http://sydney.edu.au/policies.

Course resolutions

Part 1: Preliminary

1 Course codes

Code

Course and stream title

RMPHLEDC-01

Master of Philosophy in Education

 

Part 2: Admission requirements

2 Eligibility for admission to candidature

(1)
To be eligible to be admitted to candidature by the Dean or Associate Dean (Research Education), an applicant must hold or have completed the requirements for:
(a)
a bachelor's degree with first class or second class honours from the University of Sydney in a relevant discipline or equivalent; or
(b)
a master's degree from the University of Sydney in a relevant discipline or equivalent with a distinction average or above; or
(2)
The Dean or Associate Dean (Research Education) may admit to candidature an applicant who does not meet the requirements of sub-clause (1), provided that the applicant holds a qualification or qualifications that, in the opinion of the Faculty Research Education Committee, are equivalent to those prescribed in sub-clause (1). The Associate Dean (Research Education) may impose on a student admitted to candidature pursuant to sub-clause (2) such conditions as the Associate Dean (Research Education) considers appropriate.

3 Application for admission to candidature

(1)
An applicant for admission to candidature must submit to the Faculty satisfactory evidence of the applicant's eligibility for admission;
(a)
written evidence confirming that an academic within the Faculty, with an academic background appropriate to the candidate's proposed research: 
(i)
supports the applicant's research proposal; and
(ii)
is willing to supervise the research;
(b)
a written preliminary research proposal developed in conjunction with the proposed supervisor and in the form specified by the Faculty; and
(i)
a statement certifying the applicant's understanding that, subject to the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule, if the candidature is successful, their thesis and record of design-based work will be lodged with the University Libraries and made available for immediate public use.
(ii)
evidence of minimum English language requirements, where not demonstrated by academic qualifications; and
(c)
the contact details of two academic or practitioner referees.
(2)
In addition, an applicant for admission to part-time candidature must submit a statement that they will have sufficient time available to complete the requirements of the degree in accordance with these resolutions.

4 Credit transfer

The HDR Rule specifies the conditions for the granting of credit for previous studies, including the effect on completion times.

Part 3: Candidature

5 Appointment of supervisor

The Associate Dean (Research Education) will appoint a research supervisor and auxiliary supervisor for each candidate in accordance with the HDR Rule and the Supervision of Higher Degree by Research Students Policy 2013.

6 Control of candidature

The HDR Rule specifies the conditions for the control of candidature by the University.

7 Location of candidature and attendance

The HDR Rule specifies the conditions for the location of candidature and attendance by candidates at the University.

Part 4: Requirements

8 Degree requirements

(1)
To satisfy the requirements of the degree candidates must:
(a)
complete any specified probationary requirements;
(b)
if commencing during or after 2021, complete within the first year (full-time equivalency) of candidature a minimum of 6 credit points of study from Table R as determined in the relevant Faculty milestones statement and any other studies as required by the supervisor(s) of the research project;
(c)
conduct research on an approved topic; and
(d)
write a thesis embodying the results of the research.

9 The thesis

(1)
A candidate shall produce a thesis that meets the requirements specified in the HDR Rule.
(2)
The thesis will have a minimum of 30,000 and upper limit of 40,000 words including footnotes, that may be exceeded with the permission of the Associate Dean (Research Education). The word limit does not include appendices.

10 Units of study

Candidates will be required to complete either 6 or 12 credit points of units of study from Table R.

Part 5: Enrolment and progression

11 Probation

(1)
A candidate is normally accepted for candidature on a probationary basis for a period not exceeding one year according to the provisions of the HDR Rule.
(2)
In the probationary period, other than in exceptional circumstances, to the satisfaction of the Faculty Research Education Committee, each candidate must:
(a)
meet any conditions set by the Faculty Research Education Committee; and
(b)
develop and present a refined research proposal to the satisfaction of the supervisor and the School Research Proposal Committee; and
(c)
meet any requirements set out in the Progress Planning review for Higher Degree by Research Students Policy and Procedures.

12 Time limits, earliest and latest submission dates

The HDR Rule specifies the allowable completion times and submission dates available for full- and part-time candidates in this course.

13 Mode of attendance

The attendance pattern for this course is full-time or part-time according to candidate choice.

14 Discontinuation of candidature

A candidate may discontinue enrolment in a unit of study or the degree subject to the conditions specified by the HDR Rule.

15 Suspension of candidature

A candidate may suspend enrolment from the degree subject to the conditions specified by the HDR Rule.

16 Leave of absence

A candidate may take leave of absence from the degree subject to the conditions specified by the HDR Rule.

17 Progress

A candidate is required to maintain satisfactory progress towards the timely completion of the degree. Progress will be reviewed annually according to the provisions of the HDR Rule and the Progress Planning and Review of Higher Degree by Research Students Policy 2015.

Part 6: Examination

18 Examination of the thesis

(1)
Examination of the thesis will be conducted in general accordance with standards prescribed by Academic Board for the Masters by Research, which are set out in the Thesis and Examination of Higher Degree by Research Policy 2015.
(2)
The thesis will be graded by the examiners and a 'Thesis grade' will be recorded on the academic transcript.

19 Award of the degree

The degree is awarded at the Pass level.

Part 7: Other

20 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January 2020 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January 2020 who elect to proceed under these resolutions. Students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January 2020 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement. 

Semester 2, 2020 unit of study availability

Some Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences units of study originally intended to run in Semester 2, 2020 are no longer available.

A full and up-to-date list of units of study available in Semester 2, 2020 from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, can be found on this webpage.
 

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Master of Education (Research)

Elective units

EDPJ5022
Research Methods in Language Studies
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPK5001
Qualitative Methods
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPK5002
Quantitative Methods
6      Semester 2
EDPK5003
Developing a Research Project
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPC5012
Evaluating Learning Tech. Innovation
6      Semester 1