Master of Professional Studies in Education

Find out how you can build knowledge, skills and experience in critiquing and understanding educational research and undertake your own research through completion of a dissertation.

  Quick facts
Duration One year full-time study. Up to two years' part-time study.
Delivery Weekly evening lectures and on-campus block courses at Epsom Campus. Some courses offered by online/study guide. Some courses may be offered at other campuses.
Points per degree 120
Start date Semester One or Semester Two

Programme highlights

Opportunity to build knowledge, skills and experience in educational research.Includes a 60-point dissertation on a research area of interest. Courses are offered by a range of delivery modes.


The Master of Professional Studies in Education will be of special interest to teachers with three years of teaching experience who hold either a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary, Primary or Early Childhood Education) or a Bachelor of Physical Education (four-year degree) as it allows you to go from these qualifications directly to study at Masters level. It is also a masters option for those who have
completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education.


The programme includes an approved 30-point research methods course, a 60-point dissertation and a 30-point course associated with your research area, giving a coherent whole to the programme of study.

View our study pathways guide to help you decide whether this programme is right for you

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to the Education specialisation in the Master of Professional Studies programme, you need to have completed the requirements for either:

a four-year bachelors degree


a bachelors (honours) degree


a bachelors degree and a professional qualification in Education equivalent to one year’s advanced study.

In addition, you must have at least three years of teaching experience.

Note that some courses have prerequisites.

Programme structure

Requirement Taught masters
30 points from: EDUC 735, 787, EDPRAC 751, EDPROFST 700, 754, 757
60 points from: EDPROFST 793 Dissertation*, EDCURRIC 797 Dissertation*, EDPROFM 797 Dissertation*
30 points from: Courses relevant to the area of study from EDUC 700–764, 776, 777, 787, 791, EDCURRIC 700, 702–706, 708, 714–718, 720, 724, 728, 729, 740, 750,  760, 763, 791, EDPRAC 750, 751, 752, EDPROF 706, 709, 724, EDPROFST 700–708, 714–757, 760–779, 782–788, EDPROFM 700, 701, 702, SOCCLEAD 706, or other 700-level courses in another subject relevant to the area of study

*The course code you enrol in (EDCURRIC, EDPROFM or EDPROFST) for your dissertation will depend on your supervisor arrangements. Contact the Education Student Centre to discuss the requirements for dissertation enrolment and study.

The approval of the Heads of all Departments in which a student applies to enrol is required.

Note: Enrolment is expected to be continuous, but where enrolments include 15-point courses a period of up to 4 years is permitted for completion.

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Use our postgraduate course finder to learn more about the taught courses available at the Faculty of Education and Social Work for this programme.

Further study

From a masters degree you can go on to doctoral study. The Faculty of Education and Social Work offers two programmes at doctoral level – the Doctor of Education (EdD) and the Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD).