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Master of Education Studies - 245JA

Course Code: 245JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Discipline(s): Academic Program Area - Education
UAC Code: 880417
CRICOS Code: 076973G
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Be at the forefront of educational change

If you are keen to address some of the key challenges facing education, and help develop professional learning communities across Australia and around the world, then this course is an outstanding springboard for an impressive leadership career within the education sector. 

During this two-year course, you will examine international policy trends and learn to develop evidence-based curriculums to improve education practices. Combining your professional knowledge and capabilities, you will develop a substantial research paper, which you will then present as part of a group-based capstone unit. At the completion of your course, you will have a solid understanding of the issues facing education, both locally and globally, and will be ready to enhance your career as a senior professional in education.

Study a Master of Education Studies at UC and you will:

  • develop the critical knowledge, skills and capabilities required by modern education professionals
  • address the key challenges facing education globally
  • develop evidence-based programs and curriculum to improve education practices and student learning outcomes
  • examine international policy trends in education and understand the impacts of globalisation on learning and development
  • apply research principles and methods in the workplace across sectors.

Work Integrated Learning

This course has been developed with Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at its core. The content has been created by education professionals, and kept relevant and up-to-date through consistent monitoring of, and engagement with, the industry. You will undertake authentic assessment tasks which are highly relevant to the day-to-day practice of education, dealing regularly with real-world problems and case studies, and will be encouraged to apply course learnings to your own educational employment context.

Career opportunities

  • Principal
  • Deputy principal
  • Head of department
  • Executive teacher
  • Year adviser
  • Schools policy adviser
  • Educational policy developer
  • Curriculum developer
  • Corporate trainer
  • Higher education researcher
  • Vocational education and training instructor
  • Education assessment specialist

Course-specific information

Applicants must have a three-year degree in education or a relevant field, as approved by the University.

This course is not externally accredited and, therefore, it is not recognised as a teaching qualification in Australia. If you are looking to transition into a teaching career, UC offers a selection of suitable postgraduate courses.

A clear pathway of study exists between the Graduate Certificate in Education and this degree. Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Education may apply and receive credit for units within the Master of Education Studies.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a three-year degree in education or relevant field as approved by the University.

Additional Admission Requirements


Assumed Knowledge


Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Education Studies M EdSt

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Certificate in Education Graduate Certificate in Education

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Intensive: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Professional Accreditation


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Graduates will gain new knowledge and understanding through reflection upon and engagement with contemporary developments and issues that have impact across fields of professional practice in education.

Graduates who commence the course without undergraduate education discipline will gain knowledge and understanding of concepts and issues fundamental to fields of professional practice in education.
- The ability to present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries.

Analysis and inquiry
- The ability to gather information, and to analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way.

Problem solving
- The ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations; to identify and analyse problems then formulate and implement solutions.

Working independently and with others
- The ability to plan their own work, be self-directed, and use interpersonal skills and attitudes to work collaboratively.

Professionalism and social responsibility
- The capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly, for the benefit of others and the environment.
Graduates will gain new knowledge and understanding through critical analysis and inquiry of the globalised character of educational theory, curriculum development, policy and practice. As above.
Graduates will demonstrate the capacity to theorise and critique professional knowledge in educational practice. As above.
Graduates will have knowledge of research principles and methods and be able to apply them to their professional field of work and learning. As above.
Graduates will plan and present a substantial piece of research-based scholarship communicating across fields of practice and sectors. As above.

Course Duration

Standard four semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twelve semesters.



Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

The Graduate Certificate in Education is subsumable into the course.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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