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Master of Educational Studies

Are you interested or involved in learning and education with a desire to continue your professional development? Or are you looking to specialise your teaching skills in a key area such as personalised learning or information and communications technology (ICT) and digital learning?

The Master of Educational Studies from the University of Newcastle is focused on combining both theory and practice to help you apply your knowledge in modern educational environments. Within this advanced program you will develop an advanced understanding of the broader issues which affect the learning environment. Specialisations within the program include:

  • General specialisation
  • International Comparative and Curriculum Studies Specialisation
  • Educational Research Specialisation
  • Engineering Education Specialisation
  • ICT and Digital Learning Specialisation
  • Mathematics Education Specialisation
  • Pedagogy Specialisation
  • TESOL/L2 Specialisation

Whichever path you choose, this comprehensive program offers you the opportunity to broaden your career opportunities in the education profession.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your fully accredited Master of Educational Studies at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Master of Educational Studies is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

If you are a professional educator, interested in developing your skills and career opportunities in the field, the Master of Educational Studies could be the program for you. Supported by flexible learning and the ability to tailor the program to suit you individual requirements, the Master of Educational Studies at the University of Newcastle offered a convenient and highly regarded education, providing you with an optimal educational experience.

Depending on your area of interest, you will be able to choose from the specialisations offered by the University. Some of these specialisations include:

  • General specialisation
  • International Comparative and Curriculum Studies Specialisation
  • Educational Research Specialisation
  • Engineering Education Specialisation
  • ICT and Digital Learning Specialisation
  • Mathematics Education Specialisation
  • Pedagogy Specialisation
  • TESOL/L2 Specialisation

For a full list of courses, see the 'Courses & Details' tab.

Career Pathways

Developed for educators, educational administrators, managers, policy makers and others interested or involved in learning and education, the Master of Educational Studies has been designed to provide a platform to enhance and specialise your career opportunities and professional needs. The University of Newcastle’s reputable postgraduate program will prepare you for senior roles in public or private schools, or even take you out of the classroom and into consultancy or advisory positions.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Master of Educational Studies read the ‘Courses & Details’ tab.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications.

You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation * online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

* Please note that applications cannot be formally assessed without the correctly certified copies of the required supporting documentation. Failure to provide certified documents may result in delays in the processing of your application for admission.

The University of Newcastle recognises the value of informal learning gained through professional experience. Admission to the Master of Educational Studies program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education, professional experience and industry qualifications. The table below outlines the  number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience Units required to complete Masters
Masters, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor (Hons) in a related field of study (including at least 80 units of education courses). Two 80
Masters, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor (Hons) in a related field of study (including at least 40 units of education courses). Zero 120
Masters, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor (Hons) in a non-related field of study. Two 120
3 year Bachelor degree in a related field of study Two 80

If you would like your professional qualifications and/or work experience to be considered, please provide certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

Applicants should also provide a statement detailing how your professional experience prepares you to undertake postgraduate study.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

Applicants wishing to complete the Master of Educational Studies Mathematics retraining program must provide evidence of their mathematical aptitude.

Applicants must either provide a copy of their HSC 2 unit Mathematics (or equivalent) results. If you are not able to provide evidence of your HSC results, please provide evidence of any Mathematics studies completed at the undergraduate level and/or any experience teaching mathematics.

All applicants must also pass an online Mathematics Diagnostics Quiz. After submitting an online application for admission to the Master of Educational Studies (Mathematics) program, you will be sent an invitation to complete the online test. This quiz is designed to be comparable with HSC General Mathematics (Band Four).

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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