Postgraduate Research

Research is a vital aspect of the School of Education and we are ranked in the top three universities in Australia for specialist studies in education. 

The School of Education has achieved excellent results in the last Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2018-2019) round. We were rated 5, above international standards, for research output in specialist studies in Education.

The School of Education is home to several distinctive research teams comprising of staff and local and international students. Our students experience training that enables them to carry out their own research programs and publish in leading academic journals. Our graduates are renowned for their advanced research skills as well as their ability to produce academic work worthy of an international audience.

We offer the following postgraduate research programs:

Please note, the MPhil (Higher Education) and the Master by Research (Educational Leadership) degrees are longer running. We encourage students to consider the MEd by Research degree as an alternative.

If you are interested in a research degree within the School of Education, when submitting your documents, please identify and name one or more of the following, from the School, that fits your proposed research area:

  • A disciplinary area
  • A research area
  • An individual staff member.

This identification may include previous email contact with a staff member, or member of a disciplinary area or research group.
See the Guide for New HDR Students here.

The School of Education runs a series of workshops (PDF) [373 Kb] each semester for our research students to introduce them to important aspects of undertaking a research degree.

For more information about the research programs offered by the School of Education, please contact the School of Education at or on 02 9385 1977.

Videos PhD student Dennis Alonzo, School of Education, UNSW Australia   PhD student Dennis Alonzo, School of Education, UNSW Australia

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