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The Master of Education by Research is suited to the needs of professionals requiring some further research training and experience who are unable to devote the three or more years required to complete a PhD program. Candidates would normally have completed an undergraduate degree in Education at Honours level but those who have undertaken a Master degree in Education by coursework with superior results may be eligible for admission.

Candidates are required to complete three coursework components relevant to their area of research and a thesis. The coursework components are selected after consultation with the supervisor. The program takes two years full-time or four years part-time.

Courses offered by the School of Education can be found here.

See UNSW Higher Degree Research Learning Outcomes.


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences



Study Level


Typical duration

2 Years

Delivery Mode


Academic Calendar

Research Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Masters (Research)


Master of Education - MEd



Program Structure

Students must complete 96 UOC as a standalone program.

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Additional Information

For further information on policies, procedures and forms, see the Graduate Research website.

For further information on how to apply, see the Faculty website

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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