Master of Philosophy (Education)

Course summary

The Master of Philosophy is a specialised research degree for qualified educators who wish to pursue research in their area of interest, and seek out roles in leadership and policy.

This degree

One third of this degree is coursework with the remainder of the program used to conduct a supervised research project. The Master of Philosophy is also a pathway to higher degree research programs such as the Doctor of Education or the Doctor of Philosophy.

What you will study

The Master of Philosophy combines a research project with specialised education studies in areas such as Adult and Vocational Education, The Early Years, Educational Leadership, Higher Education, Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Education and Training, Literacy, Physical and Health Education, Special Education, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages TESOL.

Course information

Study area

Education, Research

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1355

ATAR (UAI)

-

Duration

2 years full-time (4 sessions) or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

091863K

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Honours degree with 2nd class Division 2 or higher, coursework Masters with WAM 60+ or GPA of 2.8 out of 4.

Candidates with a Coursework Masters degree or a 4-year Bachelor Honours degree in the same discipline may be granted up to 24 credit points of advanced standing for the coursework component of the Master of Philosophy.

Special Admission Requirements

All applicants for research degrees must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

  • commence with a statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work;
  • contain, in no more than one additional page, a clearly focussed research proposal for the study you would wish to undertake throughout your registration in the course; and
  • conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.

Students are advised to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss their project prior to applying for admission.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

88

18

18

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Entry Requirements

Honours degree with 2nd class Division 2 or higher, coursework Masters with WAM 60+ or GPA of 2.8 out of 4.

Candidates with a Coursework Masters degree or a 4-year Bachelor Honours degree in the same discipline may be granted up to 24 credit points of advanced standing for the coursework component of the Master of Philosophy.

Special Admission Requirements

All applicants for research degrees must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

  • commence with a statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work;
  • contain, in no more than one additional page, a clearly focussed research proposal for the study you would wish to undertake throughout your registration in the course; and
  • conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.

Students are advised to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss their project prior to applying for admission.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Exempt for the normal time limit of the course.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences:
26 February 2018

Applications Close:
Higher Degree Research (HDR) applications can be submitted online at any time.

Session Detail:
Orientation: 21 February 2018 (TBC)
Session: 26 February - 21 June 2018

2018 Spring

Wollongong

Session Commences

23 July 2018

Applications Close
29 June 2018. Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Orientation: 16 July 2018
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Master of Philosophy will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate cognitive technical and creative skills in a disciplinary area within social sciences to plan and execute a substantial piece of research that makes a contribution to knowledge
  2. Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and critically reflect on, synthesise and evaluate complex information, problems, concepts, and theories
  3. Communicate a coherent and sustained argument, explaining and disseminating research results and conclusions to peers and to the community.
  4. Apply advanced knowledge of research, research integrity, ethics and the rights and safety of others, to plan and execute a substantial piece of research with a high level of autonomy, accountability, adaptability and responsibility for personal outputs. 

Course Structure

The degree comprises a coursework component (24cp) and a research component (72cp) as listed below. International candidates are required to complete RESH900 (Fundamentals for HDR Writing) unless waived by the HPS.

Candidates are required to successfully complete the coursework component of the MPhil. In the research component candidates prepare their research thesis.

A transfer from the MPhil to the PhD may be possible after successful completion of the coursework and at least nine months of the thesis component (see the HDR Handbook for further details).

Students who wish to withdraw from the MPhil and apply for entry to a postgraduate coursework degree may receive up to 24cp of advanced standing.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Students are required to complete a 24cp coursework component as follows:

School of Education
Students are required to complete the following research training subjects (24cp):

EDGZ930 Advanced Research Methods in Education 8 Autumn, Spring
EDGZ931 Research Proposal 8 Autumn, Spring
EDGZ932 Advanced Research Seminar 8 Autumn, Spring
School of Health and Society
A program of subjects (24cp) addressing researching training and thesis preparation requirements for each student will be developed in consultation with the Head of Postgraduate Studies
School of Geography and Sustainable Communities
A program of subjects (24cp) addressing researching training and thesis preparation requirements for each student will be developed in consultation with the Head of Postgraduate Studies
School of Psychology
Students are required to complete the following research training subjects (24cp):
PSYP901 Research Project A Part 1 8 Autumn
PSYP903 Research Project B Part 1 16 Autumn
 
Students are required to complete a research component (72cp):
THES924 Thesis Full Time 24 per session Autumn, Spring
or
THES912 Thesis Part Time 12 per session Autumn, Spring
Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

The UOW School of Education is home to leading academics specialising in a broad range of areas within education. Leading research strengths include the Early Start Research Institute and the Pedagogical Laboratory for Physical Education and Sport. The School also has a long history of interdisciplinary and transformational research supporting the development of individuals, organisations and communities.

The UOW Faculty of Social Sciences has a robust track record in research across a broad range of disciplines. Our passionate and engaged scholars provide a rich environment for the continued development of theoretical and interdisciplinary research.