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Master of  Educational Studies

Program code: 5171

Delivery location

External, St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

The Master of Educational Studies is ideal if you're a practising educator looking for a professional advantage and qualification that will advance or broaden your career.

  • This 18-month program is designed for applicants with a qualification in the same area, or a combination of a degree and professional experience.
  • Tailor your studies by specialising in one of five fields of study: Behaviour Management, Curriculum, Guidance and Counselling, Leadership, or Supporting Diverse Learners.
  • Study the latest developments, theories, policies and practices in education. You will strengthen your leadership expertise as you obtain the knowledge and skills required for work in your chosen area of specialisation.
  • Put your knowledge into practice. Depending on your area of specialisation, you can choose to complete all aspects of a practicum that focuses on advanced research and teaching interests.

Advance your professional development and career opportunities with the Master of Educational Studies.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ is a leader in education research. It was ranked equal best in Australia in the ERA Outcomes 2015, and 15th in the world in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Why study

    Leading the way in education

    The School of Education has been preparing teachers for the world’s classrooms, industry, media and community leadership for nearly 70 years, and our programs and academics lead the field.

  • Alumni
    "Learning from leaders in their field, studying at UQ gives you a deeper understanding of pertinent theories and educational philosophies that underpin teaching and learning in a rapidly evolving global community. By covering the sociology of education alongside studies in educational psychology, curriculum and pedagogy, it gives you the critical mindset to understand the increasingly complex lives of adolescent learners and the world in which they live". Simon Rogers, Master of Educational Studies
  • Alumni
    "My Masters of Educational Studies at UQ was one of the highlights over the course of my career. I was blessed to have the most amazing lecturers, who brought their passion and experience to the diverse group of educators in the room. I learnt to write, to develop my opinions and engage in stimulating research projects". Susan Garson, Master of Educational Studies

Fields of study for this program

There are 5 fields of study available in the Master of Educational Studies.

View all fields of study for this program

Career outcomes

Educational Studies prepares students for a variety of employment opportunities including learning support teachers, guidance counsellors, and educational administrators.

The program also allows students to gain significant professional advantages in advancing their career and broadening their career options.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    External, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


Approved degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 4; or

Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in the same discipline with a GPA of 4; or

Approved degree in any discipline with a GPA of 4 and 3 years full-time relevant work experience.

*Please note the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma can only be used as the basis of entry into the program if you already have an existing approved degree in the same discipline.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Educational Studies are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Educational Studies. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Educational Studies at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Practicals, placements and internships

  • Students studying Guidance, Counselling and Careers can choose to complete a practicum course, that involves approximately 200 contact hours.
  • Students studying Supporting Diverse Learners can choose to complete a practicum course that involves approximately 20 contact hours.
  • Students may incur costs associated with the practicum (e.g. travel, parking, stationery). Practicum placements may be located throughout Australia or overseas. Students are required to have a current Blue Card (Working with Children Check) or Exemption Card before commencing a placement in any school or organisations that provide child-related services in Queensland. Students can apply for a Blue Card or Exemption through the School of Education and should do so three months before their practicum is due to commence.

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Career Industry Council of Australia
  • Queensland Guidance and Counselling Association

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Master of Educational Studies may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Master of Educational Studies.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.

Behaviour Management

This field is designed to give teachers the knowledge and skills needed to identify, describe, and manage students' challenging behaviours in schools.

This field of study develops students' knowledge and skills in:

  • Contemporary, evidence-based practices in behaviour support
  • Assessment and understanding of the functions of challenging behaviours
  • Developing and implementing strategies for behaviour interventions across a range of environments
  • Monitoring and evaluating behaviour support strategies


The Curriculum field of study offers students the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment issues that is responsive to the introduction of the Australian Curriculum. It explores contemporary issues associated with curriculum in schooling and education. The field considers priority areas in the Australian curriculum and also offers students the opportunity to study in a core learning area.

Guidance, Counselling and Careers

This field provides the knowledge, understanding and skills that are essential for today's professional guidance counsellors and career development practitioners. This specially designed program of study allows students to develop competencies as professional guidance counsellors and/or career practitioners for employment in schools, TAFE colleges, agencies, or as private practitioners. The program focuses on:

  • developing counselling competencies
  • understanding career development and education across the life-span
  • linking assessment practices to instructional interventions
  • understanding ethical behaviour and practices
  • developing comprehensive guidance programs.

It is suggested that students enrol in EDUC7011/7012 if they are seeking to work as a guidance and careers counsellor.

Commonwealth Supported Places are available for Australian citizens, permanent visa holders, and New Zealand citizens.


In a 21st century knowledge society, leadership has emerged as a critical contributor to positive outcomes, overall success and sustainability to organisations and institutions in education and education-related fields. In such an increasingly complex and uncertain future, transformative leadership competencies encompassing distributive and collaborative domains have become essential. The Master of Educational Studies (Leadership) is designed for individuals committed to undertaking transformative leadership roles in order to improve their respective workplaces and to make an impact through their professional practice informed by research. This field of study provides learners with leading-edge knowledge and understandings about leadership and management that inform their practice within educational institutions (including schools, colleges, TAFE institutions), government departments and other organisations. The field of study focuses on the skills, knowledge and attitudes required by leaders in our discontinuously changing world, and challenges students to develop as critically reflective, flexible and ethically collaborative change leaders of learners and thinkers.

Supporting Diverse Learners

The Supporting Diverse Learners field of study takes a developmental perspective situating young people with special needs and learning difficulties in context in order to better understand their learning and behaviour. It develops the skills, knowledge and values to teach students with a range of diverse abilities and needs, from students with developmental disabilities to those who may have difficulties in learning, as well as those at risk of school failure or disengagement. The field focuses on understanding individual, contextual, and systematic factors that affect learning and behaviour for individuals with learning or special needs including issues associated with assessment, curriculum, pedagogy and whole-life learning.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Educational Studies pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $21,800
Indicative fee 2019

An "indicative annual fee" is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Educational Studies at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

A limited number of Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) are offered for this program in the fields of Career Development and Guidance and Counselling. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition-fee-paying basis.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Blue Card or Exemption Card if undertaking Guidance and Counselling Field of Study.
  • Students are responsible for the cost of transportation and accommodation to attend residential schools or practicals.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Master of Educational Studies can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

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Additional application information

Same discipline is defined as a degree in education.

Relevant work experience is defined as significant and substantive experience in education contexts such as schools, service delivery agencies, government agencies or alternative education settings working with children, adolescents or adults with roles and responsibilities such as, teaching, program/curriculum development, assessment, educational leadership, administration, youth support, allied health, and sport sciences.

Students who already hold an appropriate tertiary qualification and are interested in becoming qualified to teach in secondary and primary schools should apply for admission into the Masters of Teaching (Primary) or the Masters of Teaching (Scondary) programs. For further information on this program consult the handbook on the School of Education website or contact the School of Education on telephone (07) 336 56550 or email:

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Educational Studies is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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