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Master of Education (Research) (MEd(Res))

  • M1233MASTER OF EDUCATION (RESEARCH)

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Title Master of Education (Research) (MEd(Res))
Course Code M1233
Study Level Master's by Research (Graduate)
School School of Education
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Associate Professor Libby Lee-Hammond | Email: L.Lee@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2627

Qualification Master of Education (Research) (MEd(Res))
Duration 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description This is an 18 month research degree designed to provide the education profession and the community in general with leaders capable of addressing critical issues in educational practice, policy and research. It is designed for: teachers, educational leaders and administrators, and other education professionals who seek to extend and deepen their expertise in Education; professionals carrying out educational duties in other relevant fields who seek professional development and renewal; and those planning to proceed to higher degrees. Students undertake a research dissertation (24 points) and 12 points of coursework. This is a research-classified course.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings To be eligible for admission as a candidate for a Master of Education (Research) an applicant must have:
* a Bachelor Degree in Education (AQF level 7), or equivalent, and satisfy the Graduate Research Manager with evidence of scholarly or professional attainments relevant to the proposed research discipline; or
* a Bachelor Degree in a different discipline (AQF level 7) and have successfully completed a graduate course in Education, or equivalent, requiring at least one year of equivalent full-time study (AQF level 8), and satisfy the Graduate Research Manager with evidence of scholarly or professional attainments relevant to the proposed research discipline; or
* a Bachelor Degree in a different discipline and satisfy the Graduate Research Manager with evidence of significant scholarly or professional attainments (of at least two years full-time duration or equivalent) in Education equivalent to AQF level 8.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements Internet access is a requirement for all external students.
Course Learning Outcomes At the end of this course students will be able to:

* develop a research dissertation that provides a critical analysis of the topic under consideration and demonstrates an understanding of the theory and practice of educational research.

* design studies incorporating qualitative and/ or quantitative data sources and analysis techniques.

* use and critically analyse a range of research methodologies

* place their research study into a larger intellectual context and develop a research network and program.
Additional Academic Progress Requirements In order to progress to the dissertation component of this degree students must achieve a minimum of 65 percent in Research Methodology units and pass the exam; or obtain the permission of the Academic Chair.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 36 credit points

A student must normally enrol in a minimum of 6 points per semester of dissertation as a part-time student or 12 points per semester as a full-time student.

All students enrolling in this course will be required to complete a Graduate Program of Study (thesis plan) by the end of enrolment in the first 6 points of EDU700 Research in Education (Research Dissertation). This plan will be submitted through the School of Education's Research and Teaching Assistant to the Research and Development Board for approval.

Core Units - 30 credit points

EDU610 Introduction to Research for Educators - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-external

EDU700 Research in Education (Research Dissertation) - 12 points
MURDOCH: R1-internal, R1-external, R2-internal, R2-external, RAU-internal, RAU-external, RSP-internal, RSP-external
Full-time students should enrol in this unit for 12 points for each of two semesters; part-time students for 6 points for each of four semesters, or up to the maximum candidature time available.

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

Select from the methodology units listed below and/or 600-level content units.

EDU701 Advanced Educational Research Seminar - 3 points
Not available this year

EDN781 Mixed Methods and Quantitative Research - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

EDU743 Advanced Qualitative Approaches to Research - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

Additional Academic Progress Requirements

In order to progress to the dissertation component of this degree students must achieve a minimum of 65 percent in Research Methodology units and pass the exam; or obtain the permission of the Academic Chair.

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