Master of Philosophy - Education (By Research)

Curtin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00301J

This research, thesis-based specialisation expands knowledge to above that of the specialisation attained at the graduate diploma level, and advances skills in educational research and evaluation. Graduates are expected to be able to plan and conduct research, development or evaluation projects with a degree of initiative, independence and resourcefulness.


This research program requires the completion and presentation of a research thesis, which offers the candidate the opportunity to do a substantive piece of research. While considerable flexibility is offered in the choice of topics, the area of study must be one in which the candidate has had some previous study and is within the supervision limits. Contribution to knowledge of the field is an expected outcome of the thesis work. If the thesis is a research study, it may be a replication of another study. In this case, the expectation would be that, as in the case of an original problem, the candidate builds on the work of others, extending that work so that it satisfies the requirement of contribution to the field. Whatever the topic, the candidate must demonstrate a thorough research of the literature, a knowledge of the substance of the field, independence of thought and fluency of expression. The thesis must be presented in an acceptable form in accordance with University policy.


  • Education

Standard entry requirements

Specifically, applicants require a relevant degree with a semester weighted average (SWA) of 70 per cent or better or an equivalent qualification. Applicants with a SWA of less than 70 per cent are required to undertake appropriate bridging units. Selection is based on academic performance, the potential to undertake research, professional references and an interview.

Study pathways

Students without prior studies in research methods and statistical data analysis will be required to undertake relevant preparatory units. This will increase the course duration.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Bentley - main campus International: $73,900 No information available No
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

Further information

Curtin University course code: MR-EDUC

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