Educational Studies

  • Flexible delivery including online, school holiday intensive and evening classes.
  • Affordable study with Commonwealth Supported Places for eligible students.


Increase your knowledge and expand your qualifications

Are you a qualified teacher or education professional who wants to study at a more advanced level?

At UNSW, our postgraduate programs in Educational Studies will help you develop your academic understanding of the teaching profession whist adding to your qualifications:

  • Graduate Certificate in Education (Educational Studies)
  • Master of Education (Educational Studies)

We offer professional development programs in school and training sectors. Our flexible programs allow you to select postgraduate courses to suit your individual needs and interests across the broad field of Educational Studies.

You can create your own unique specialisation or update your skills and knowledge in education more generally.

As an Educational Studies student, you will develop an advanced understanding of the field of education, including research-based learning and the ability to plan, analyse and implement activities that contribute to advanced professional practice and intellectual scholarship in education.

Domestic students may be eligible to pay or defer fees through FEE-HELP and Commonwealth supported places are available.


Flexible delivery

Our postgraduate courses are offered through a range of flexible delivery modes, including:

  • online and blended courses
  • intensive school holiday courses
  • workplace and self-directed learning
  • evening classes

For more information about the delivery mode for each course, visit the UNSW School of Education website.

Graduate Certificate in Education (Educational Studies)

Students studying the Graduate Certificate in Education (Educational Studies) will complete 24 units of credit including the following:

  • Any four elective courses from the full range of Master of Education options.

Master of Education (Educational Studies)

Students studying a Masters degree in Educational Studies will complete 48 units of credit including the following:

  • Any eight elective courses from the full range of Master of Education options.
  • Please refer to Handbook for recommended courses.

To see an example of a program of study, visit the UNSW School of Education website.

Entry requirements

Students must meet the following selection requirements for entry to the Graduate Certificate of Education and the Master of Education:

  • A recognised Bachelor degree and a postgraduate teaching qualification (e.g. Graduate Diploma of Education or Master of Teaching).


  • A four year pre-service teacher education qualification, including professional experience, equivalent to the qualifications required for Graduate teacher status in NSW.

An applicant who submits evidence of other equivalent academic and professional qualifications may be permitted to enrol in the degree.


Advance your career in education

Our postgraduate courses in Educational Studies will enhance your career options and professional advancement within a broad range of educational institutions, including:

  • early childhood teaching
  • primary and secondary teaching
  • vocational and workplace teaching
  • tertiary teaching

Many of our graduates progress into specialist fields of education by developing and extending their understanding of a critical area of education.


Research pathways in education

An Educational Studies program at UNSW can also be a gateway to higher research study.

If you are interested in pursuing a research career you will need to study one research methodology course and complete an independent research project as part of your electives within the Masters program.

UNSW handbook

Degree program structure and academic rules information:

If you are a current student, please refer to the Online Handbook in the year you commenced your degree.

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Domestic International
Grad Cert - 7401 Master - 8910
Grad Cert - 0.5 FT Master - 1 FT
Summer, Term 1, Term 3
Education (Educational Studies)
Grad Cert - 24 Master - 48
T1: 30 Nov, T3: 31 Jul - Late applications will be considered
Combination of intensive, online & face-to-face (on campus)