Master of Education Studies

Learn more about educational practice, policy and research, and specialise in leadership and diversity.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Gippsland - Churchill
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Gippsland - Churchill
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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2 years
(240 credit points = 2.0 EFTSL)
Entry requirements
Entry requirements apply to this course

The Master of Education Studies builds on your strengths as an educator or experience in organisations where educational practices play a key role. You will engage in contemporary debates and explore developments in your areas of interest so you are prepared to lead educational practice, policy and research in a range of educational contexts.

You can choose to complete the course via coursework or a combination of coursework and research. In the coursework pathway you choose from a range of subjects relevant to your background and goals, or you can select a specialisation stream in either Leadership or Diversity. The research pathway combines coursework with a minor thesis which allows you to conduct a small research project on any topic in the field of education that interests you.

The course can be completed full-time (two years) or part-time and is delivered via a blend of online and face-to-face classes, giving you the flexibility to study while working.   

* Please note students wishing to complete the research pathway will need to gain a Distinction average in the two research courses in order to continue on with the minor thesis.

  • Educator
  • Education consultant
  • TAFE teacher

Successful completion of the program enhances professional standing in the education fields. The program is recognised as a valuable contribution to the on-going professional development of educators in a wide range of sectors, including in Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and VET contexts. Successful completion of the research pathway, including a high level of achievement in the minor thesis, provides a pathway to PhD study.

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

EDMED7076, 15 credit points
EDMST6011, 15 credit points
EDMST6014, 15 credit points
EDMST6030, 15 credit points

Semester 2

Year 1 Semester 2 electives

Year 2

Semester 1

Diversity Stream Sem 1

Leadership Stream Sem 1

Thesis Stream Sem 1

Semester 2

Diversity Stream Sem 2

Leadership Stream Sem 2

Thesis Stream Sem 2

Entry requirements (year 12)

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Entry Requirements - Non Year 12: Entry to the Master of Education Studies program is predicated on the completion of undergraduate study to a third year level or equivalent. Applicants who do not meet these entry requirements may present a case to be considered eligible for provisional entry.

Credit is awarded to students who have completed a fourth year of university study or have equivalent appropriate qualifications. Credit can be applied for on the basis of successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching (GCETT), provided that this has not been used as part of the basis for entry to the Masters of Education Studies.

Extra Requirements

Applicants must provide a certified copy of their qualifications, including a full transcript/statement of attainment.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: TM9

CRICOS code: 091965D

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$3,950 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2021

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Students who complete the Master of Education Studies may be eligible to apply for candidature in Doctoral programs.

The program is recognised as a valuable contribution to the ongoing professional development of educators working in a wide range of sectors.

Please note that this program is not a teaching qualification.

Please note: The sample structure is for someone who has received 120 Credit Points and someone without a 4 year qualification would need another 8 courses.




To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per course, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

School of Education

Course coordinator

Clarence Green