Study Educational Research

Develop Rigorous Research Skills

The Educational Research specialisation in the Graduate Certificate in Education is designed for students who wish to develop rigorous research skills in the field of education. The specialisation may be completed over two terms (six months), and will allow students to study research methodology and complete a substantial and independent research project under the supervision of an expert advisor. 

Why Study Educational Research?

Upon successful completion of the Educational Research specialisation, students may be eligible to be considered for entry into research degree programs (such as a Doctor of Philosophy - PhD) at UNSW and other universities (subject to WAM and other entry requirements of these research degree programs). 

The specialisation may be particularly useful for students who have completed the Master of Education or Master of Educational Leadership, but who are not eligible to be considered for entry into research degree programs, due to the absence of a substantial research component in their studies.

Your Career

Graduates of the Educational Research specialisation may be able to pursue further study in research degree programs (such as a PhD) in education. 

With or without further study in research degree programs in education, graduates may be able to pursue careers in policy, research institutions and higher education. 

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The Educational Research specialisation is available in the Graduate Certificate in Education

Entry Requirements

Entry into the specialisation will be conditional on:

  • The achievement of at least a WAM of 75 (or equivalent) in the most recently completed degree
  • Successful performance in an interview where questions will be asked about the student’s interest in, and commitment to, studies in research
  • Availability of a suitable supervisor 

Expression of Interest

If you are interested in pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Education (Educational Research), please complete the Expression of Interest form and submit it as part of your application to UNSW. Please ensure that all requested documents are attached to the Expression of Interest form.

Students who are currently enrolled in the UNSW Master of Education or Master of Educational Leadership may also choose to develop their research skills by completing a self-directed minor thesis, supported by a supervising academic, in your area of specialisation.

Students must enrol in the course EDST5889 (Minor Thesis) which will be will be run over two consecutive terms and will require students to submit a 12,000 to 15,000 word thesis. Please view the course handbook for more information about this course including entry requirements.

If you are interested in studying EDST5889 (Minor Thesis), please complete the Expression of Interest form and send it to the Higher Degree Research Co-ordinator in the School of Education at education@unsw.edu.au. Please ensure that all requested documents are attached to the Expression of Interest form.  

Students who complete study of the Master of Education/Master of Educational Leadership program (and include study of EDST5889 within the program), may be eligible to be considered for entry into research degree programs (such as a Ph.D.) at UNSW and other universities (subject to WAM and other entry requirements of these research degree programs).