1 x 2-hour supervised study fortnightly
1 Admission into MEDCP-Master of Education (Cog Psych & Educational Prac)
1a Admission into MEDLM-Master of Education (Leadership and Management)
1b Admission into MEDSE-Master of Education (Special Education)
1c Admission into MEDWS-Master of Education
1d Admission into MEDCPP-Master of Education (Cog Psych & Educational Prac) [1.5 years]
1e Admission into MEDGEP-Master of Education (Gifted Education) [1.5 years]
1f Admission into MEDIBP-Master of Education (International Baccalaureate) [1.5 years]
1g Admission into MEDSEP-Master of Education (Special Education) [1.5 years]
1h Admission into MEDLMP-Master of Education (Leadership and Management) [1.5 years]
1i Admission into MEDWSP-Master of Education [1.5 years]
1j Admission into MCPEPA-Master of Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice
1k Admission into MISEA-Master of Inclusive and Specialised Education
1l Admission into MEDUA-Master of Education
1m Admission into MLEA-Master of Leadership in Education
1n Admission into MWPMHEA-Master of Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health in Education
2 Admission into BAMTPR-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Primary)
2a Admission into BAMTS-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Secondary)
2b Admission into BGSCMTPR-Bachelor of General Science, Master of Teaching (Primary)
2c Admission into BSCMTS-Bachelor of Science, Master of Teaching (Secondary)
3 108 units of study
Must Satisfy: (((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k or 1l or 1m or 1n)) or ((2 or 2a or 2b or 2c) and 3))
Other requirements
Topic Coordinator approval is required for enrolment in this topic. Students should apply via
Enrolment not permitted
1 of EDES9009B, EDES9009C has been successfully completed
Course context
Students must undertake a research methods topic and a minimum of 13.5 units of study in a specialisation, at a distinction average, prior to enrolment in this topic.
Topic description
The Dissertation in Education affords students the opportunity of applying research techniques to an issue in or related to education. The emphasis in the dissertation is on the development of skills in the form of research and report writing. The principal outcome of the Dissertation is that graduates will conduct research with an aim to make an original contribution to an area of educational knowledge, policy, practice or management. The research is supervised and results in a report of 18,000 - 20, 000 words.
Educational aims
The dissertation aims to:

  • assist students through supervision in the undertaking of a piece of independent research
  • give students the opportunity to apply research techniques to an issue in education
  • allow students to further develop their research and report writing skills
  • provide an opportunity for students to develop and report on a research project that will make an original contribution to an area of educational knowledge, policy, practice or management
Expected learning outcomes
The student learning outcomes will be individually negotiated between the students and their supervisor. However, on completing this topic students will be able to:

  • prepare a research proposal
  • conduct a literature review
  • produce a piece of academic research
  • demonstrate a capacity for independent self-directed learning