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  • Objectives
    This masters by research provides an opportunity for persons concerned with educational practice to undertake advanced coursework and research in a field of particular interest to them and to gain an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification. The program is not an introductory teaching qualification nor is it a licence to teach.
  • Entry requirements
    Bachelor of Education with honours or a Bachelor level degree in any other field with honours, plus a Graduate Diploma of Education or equivalent.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Education
  • Course description
    This course is available for on-campus study by students with an International student visa.
    This course structure contains information about the units which comprise the course as well as the credit points required to successfully complete it.

    The MEd is equivalent to one year of full-time study and comprises four units of Coursework (60 credit points) and a Thesis equivalent to 0.5 year of full-time study.

    Unit           Description                                                         Points
    RES5101    Research Preparation: Methods of Research         20
    EDU6188    Independent Study                                               15
    EDU6189    Independent Study                                               15
    EDU6195    Advanced Seminar                                                10
    EDU6200    Master of Education: Thesis                                   0

    Coursework Students are required to complete RES5101 plus three other level 6 units. Two of these three units should be the research oriented Independent Study units EDU6188 and EDU6189 which are used to develop the research proposal and instruments for the study. Students are recommended to take the Advanced Seminar unit EDU6195, however, an alternative unit may be selected in consultation with the Course Coordinator.Research Thesis The M.Ed. thesis component is equivalent to 0.5 year of full-time of study. The thesis topic can be chosen from areas that relate to the student s own professional work or from other areas of interest. A high level of scholarship is expected in the M.Ed. by Coursework and Thesis. It is expected that the thesis will make an original contribution to knowledge in a selected field of study. An adapted version of a good quality thesis would be of a standard suitable for publication in a refereed journal. The length of the thesis in its typed final form, excluding references and appendices, would normally be 25,000-35,000 words. Students will work with a supervisor to identify and clarify a thesis topic. Students prepare a detailed proposal that is presented to a graduate seminar involving interested staff and students. Following the graduate seminar, students will submit a detailed research proposal for approval. Ethics clearance is required from the Human Research Ethics Committee before data collection can commence. While working on the thesis, students enrol in the research thesis unit EDU6200. Students are required to continue re-enrolling in EDU6200 until the thesis is submitted for examination. Enrolment in EDU6200 is generally at 50% or 100% of full-time enrolment. Enrolment at 25% is subject to approval of the research supervisor. Arts Practice Teachers of drama, dance, visual arts, music and media who choose Arts Practice as their area of interest are provided with an opportunity to undertake research based practice and/or performance. Students will normally commence the M.Ed. by Coursework and complete RES5101 and EDU6195. Admission to the Arts Practice area of interest will be based on having demonstrated a high level of scholarship in the first two M.Ed. units and on an interview and/or portfolio. Candidates will then develop a research proposal through Independent Study units EDU6188 and EDU6189. Following approval of the research proposal and ethics clearance, candidates develop a body of creative work and an exegesis which contextualises the creative work within contemporary practice and within an educational framework. While working on their creative work/research, students enrol in the research thesis unit EDU6200. Students are required to continue re-enrolling in EDU6200 until their creative work is ready for examination. Enrolment in EDU6200 is generally at 50% or 100% of full-time enrolment. Enrolment at 25% is subject to approval of the research supervisor. The creative work is examined at an exhibition or performance and is weighted at 60% of the research component. The exegesis is also examined and is weighted at 40% of the research component.



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