Master of Education (Research)

Shape the future of education

Direct your interest in research and education towards lasting social change. This research degree is for those students with a graduate qualification in Education, who seek an initial research degree qualification.

Through Southern Cross University’s Master of Education (Research), you’ll design research that is educationally significant across a range of areas.

Our Faculty of Education has many exciting and eclectic research entities, including the Sustainability Environment and the Arts in Education Research Cluster (SEAE) and TeachLab.

In 2019, Southern Cross University’s education courses were ranked among the Top 400 of universities worldwide by The Times Higher Education University Rankings.

Academic staff in the Faculty of Education can provide supervision for various discipline areas. Please search for a supervisor on our Find a Supervisor page.

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Research Highlight: Researchers in the Faculty of Education are part of an international project to establish seven sites for the study of cultural routes of significance. Southern Cross University is the only Australian partner for research that takes in iconic sites including Canada's Trans Canada Trail, China's Silk Road, Japan's Kumano Kodo Trail, Spain's Camino de Santiago and Australia's Gondwana Subtropical Rainforests.


FacultyDurationLocationCRICOS CodeContact
Faculty of Education 2 years Lismore, Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour 097471M Professor Liz Mackinlay


A Masters by Thesis work must show evidence of competence in research and scholarship including:

  1. Reviewing literature in a critical and focused manner
  2. Deploying analytic, comparative and critically reflective skills as appropriate
  3. Gathering and analysing material and interpreting results in an informed and competent manner
  4. Utilising and justifying appropriate methodologies, techniques and processes.

The Thesis must be clearly, accurately and cogently written and suitably documented. The work must demonstrate originality and a thorough understanding of the field of study.

Course fees

Domestic students:

Eligible applicants can apply for a Research Training Program-supported place. This will provide a tuition fee offset funded by the Australian Government's Research Training Program. Southern Cross University will then supplement this cost to cover the full program tuition fees.

If unsuccessful in obtaining a Research Training Program place, students may be required to pay fees.

Applications are considered on a case by case basis and the process can be highly competitive.

International students:

Course fees for International Students are $26,000 per annum, unless a tuition fee waiver has been approved as per the below detailed information. 

A request for a tuition fee offset can only be approved by the Dean, Graduate School providing there is support from the Principal Supervisor, DHDRT and Associate Dean (Research). For a request to be considered, the following criteria need to be taken into account:

  • Academic quality of the student is of high standing
  • Appropriate level of English proficiency (International English Language Test Score (IELTS) Academic (or equivalent) equal to or above 7.0, with a minimum 7.0 in Writing and no other band less than 6.5)
  • Expected research outcomes, quality of project and how it fits with the Supervisory team research areas
  • Whether the Faculty and Supervisory team have the resources and facilities to support the project
  • If the HDR applicant is not on a scholarship, evidence must be provided that they can support themselves during their candidature.

The Dean, Graduate School, will assess the request according to these criteria together with the application for admission to candidature and will seek further clarification if the above-mentioned criteria are not satisfied. If the tuition fee offset is approved by the Dean, this is recorded in the Student Administration System and conveyed to the student in the letter of offer for admission to candidature.

Tuition Fee Offsets that are not approved will mean the applicant will be required to pay full fees. If it is not obvious that the HDR applicant’s project will enhance the research output of the University and that of the Supervisory team, fees will apply.

Admission requirements

An application may be submitted at any time.

Admission is subject to availability of facilities and supervision.

Applicants must:

  • Possess a degree equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from the University
  • Satisfy additional requirements, if any, that may be prescribed by the Dean (Graduate Studies).

All candidates are expected to be proficient in English comprehension and expression.

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Research proposal

The Faculty of Education has two research concentrations, namely the Sustainability, Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE) and TeachLab.

SEAE welcomes HDR researchers across sustainability, environment and the Arts in education, for example:

  • Environmental Education in the Anthropocene from K-12, higher education and the community
  • Sustainability in the Anthropocene
  • Arts Education in the Anthropocene from K-12, higher education and the community
  • Creativity
  • Childhoodnature and Natureplay
  • Arts-based Educational Research (e.g. a/r/tography)
  • Autoethnography
  • Walking Inquiry
  • Pedagogy and Curriculum
  • Theoretical studies (e.g. posthumanism, poststructuralism, postqualitative).

TeachLab welcomes HDR researchers across educational improvement, for example:

  • Educational leadership
  • School improvement
  • Teacher Education
  • Professional Experience
  • Mentoring
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Virtual learning
  • Higher education governance
  • STEM.

Contact the Graduate School


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