Master of Philosophy - Education
- CRICOS Code: 061950D
There are two selection rounds each year for entry to the Master of Philosophy - Education. All applications must be submitted and complete by the closing dates below to be considered for each round.
First selection round 2021
Applications close 18 April 2021
Second selection round 2021
Applications close 16 October 2021
We recommend you submit your application at least four weeks before the closing dates, just in case any additional documentation is required.
Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee admission into the course, as entry to candidature is very competitive. Entry to the PhD is particularly competitive; and a grade average in excess of 80% (H1) or equivalent is usually required to be admitted into this degree.
1. Write your research proposal
You must provide an extended research proposal with your application. Research proposals should be 1,500 words for PhD applications and 1,000 words for all other graduate research degrees.
They must succinctly address the following points under separate headings:
- Aims of study: what's the proposed topic of your study and why is it important? What does your study want to achieve? What could your potential research questions be?
- Key concepts and theories: briefly discuss key academic concepts and theories informing your study.
- Approach and methodology: provide a brief overview of the approach and/or methodology you intend to use in your study.
- Rationale for coming to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE): why is MGSE the right research environment for your project? Why is your prospective principal supervisor a good fit for your project (see below)?
- Bibliography: list up to ten key references for your project.
Once you've identified a principal supervisor, your research proposal should also be updated to reflect who they are and how they may contribute to your research project.
2. Find a supervisor
Find a principal supervisor who will support your research proposal and application. Your supervisor must be a current staff member at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE).
We recommend that you search for a supervisor on the University’s Find an Expert page, or visit our current research projects page to find staff members working on research projects. Please attach your research proposal (or a short summary) and CV when contacting your potential supervisors via email.
You'll need to upload evidence of your intended principal supervisor’s support when submitting your application. This can be in email format and must include the intended supervisor’s agreement to supervise you should your application be successful.
Please note that all supervision arrangements are also subject to the approval of the MGSE Selection Committee. Support of a prospective supervisor does not guarantee entry to MGSE’s research higher degree program.
3. Apply online
Read the application information and apply on the Graduate Research website.
Don’t forget to provide your research proposal and evidence of your intended principal supervisors support when submitting your application. You will also need to supply a 100-word summary of your project in addition to your research proposal.
If you have any questions about how to complete or submit your application, please contact Graduate Research Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prospective graduate research students will be automatically considered for scholarships as part of the graduate research degree application. Current graduate research students can apply for scholarships via their Student Portal.
All correspondence regarding your application will be by email. If your application is successful, you will receive an offer letter via email explaining how you can accept your place.
We endeavour to communicate application outcomes for all applicants within six weeks from the application closing dates.
GRADUATE ACCESS MELBOURNE
Graduate Access Melbourne (GAM) is the University’s equity program for domestic graduate students. Under GAM, specific circumstances of applicants will be considered in relation to admission and financial assistance bursaries. There are two parts to this program:
- Admission: Graduate Access Melbourne may assist you to gain admission into a graduate degree, even if your tertiary marks are below the entry requirements. In assessing applications faculties and schools look to balance opportunity and your capacity to succeed.
- Financial Assistance: Under GAM you are also considered for a grant of $5,000. Bursaries will be offered to students with the highest overall level of current disadvantage within one or more of the Graduate Access Melbourne categories.
In submitting an application under this program, you will be considered for admission and financial assistance. Completed GAM forms are to be submitted together with your course application and will be considered for entry into the course and the Graduate Access Melbourne bursary. An application does not guarantee success and you may be awarded one, neither or both, depending on your individual circumstances.
To be eligible to apply for GAM you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or the holder of a permanent Humanitarian Visa. You need to demonstrate the capacity to succeed in the Masters’ degree of your choice and qualify under one or more of the following equity categories:
- Indigenous Australian
- previous status as a refugee
- disadvantaged socio-economic circumstances
- disability or chronic medical condition
- difficult personal circumstances.