Graduate Certificate in Educational Research

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The Graduate Certificate in Educational Research is a pathway into a research degree for those with a coursework masters, but who are currently ineligible for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Education.

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Entry requirements

  • A four-year degree in a relevant area, or equivalent, or
  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline and at least 50 credit points, or equivalent, of graduate study in education.

Applicants are also required to have a weighted average mark of at least H2A (75%), or equivalent.

Applicants without a relevant degree but with at least 6 years relevant work experience are encouraged to provide a CV with their application to be considered.

Course structure

  • Course code: GC-EDRES
  • 6 months full-time or 1 year part-time
  • 2 x compulsory subjects:
    • a research methodology subject
    • a research project.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Graduate Certificate in Educational Research.


On completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • read educational research with an understanding of the methodologies underlying the particular study
  • define an issue in education as an investigable research project
  • understand the range of research methodologies available, and their appropriateness to particular projects
  • undertake a significant research project in Education
  • write up the results of the research project in an appropriate way.

How to apply

Please note: Start-year applications have now closed for the Graduate Certificate in Educational Research. Apply now for mid-year entry.

The University of Melbourne accepts online applications year-round from both domestic and international applicants. International applicants can apply online or in person through our overseas representatives.

Application dates

Start-year intake, 2019


Round 1: closes 18 October 2018


Round 1: closes 27 September 2018

Mid-year intake, 2018


Round 1: closes 31 May 2018

Round 2: closes 22 June 2018

Round 3: closes 5 July 2018


Final round: closes 8 June 2018

Applications for the 2018 Mid-year intake of the Master of Instructional Leadership have closed.

* Dates only apply for courses which are available to international students.

Prepare your application

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation with your application:

  • previous academic transcripts
  • evidence of degree completion (testamur)
  • evidence of English language proficiency.

It's also worth checking the advanced standing policy (PDF, 209 KB) to see if you are eligible to receive credit towards your chosen course.

Application process

Submit an online course application directly to the University of Melbourne.

Please note:

  • If you are a current or past University of Melbourne student or applicant, use your existing student ID/username and password. Registering as a first time applicant will delay the processing of your application.
  • Only submit one application per course with your preferred fee type and study load (full-time or part-time) if applicable.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are limited and are not available for all courses. Eligible applicants who cannot be offered a CSP will automatically be considered for an Australian Fee Place.

Application outcome

Application outcomes will be sent to your nominated email address or overseas representative.

Applicants are able to check the progress of their application by logging in to the online course application page.