Education

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After years of working in remote Aboriginal schools in the Northern Territory, Matt Gale chose to study the Master of Education to develop the leadership skills he was using in his role.

To be a shaper of minds is a privilege and a responsibility. Education has the power to transform lives. It improves social and economic outcomes, and increases personal wellbeing. Discover how you can pursue your passion to become an influential educator.

As a graduate researcher at the University of Melbourne, you’ll join a talented community of education researchers. You’ll share your journey with others who are inspired to keep growing and discovering new knowledge.  And you’ll be guided and supported by supervisors who are experts in their field.

There are opportunities for you to engage with experts in other disciplines, too. This might be through multidisciplinary projects such as our Indigenous Knowledge Institute. This program improves education and employment for Indigenous communities.

You’ll also have the chance to collaborate with schools in the community and beyond. Through our partnership program, you’ll access mentors and professional learning opportunities. You’ll expand your networks and enhance your career prospects.

By discovering new knowledge, you’ll make a real difference to individuals and broader society.

Learn how we’re making a difference

Pioneering research in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) is influencing education in Australia. We’re shaping policy and curriculum, from early childhood through to year 12 and beyond. Through research, we have discovered how to:

We’re also learning more about what makes a great teacher. And we’ve discovered that teachers with a strong belief in their own ability make the biggest impact.

Explore our research themes

When you join the University, you’ll have access to experts in your chosen area of research. And their expertise extends across early childhood, primary, secondary and higher education.

MGSE offers a wide range of graduate research opportunities. We tackle the critical issues in education policy and practice. You can choose from research opportunities within our hubs and centres:

Work with experts from other disciplines

As an education researcher, you can also work with researchers from other disciplines. This could be through one of the University’s multidisciplinary research initiatives or institutes. Working with colleagues from other disciplines helps you reflect on the world in different ways. Depending on the topic, you might work with experts from areas like fine arts and music, economics or law.

Hallmark Research Initiatives

Hallmark Research Initiatives that address the theme of education include:

Melbourne Interdisciplinary Research Institutes

Melbourne Interdisciplinary Research Institutes that address the theme of education include:

Multidisciplinary PhD Programs

PhD Programs enrich your core PhD studies. They create the opportunity to extend your networks beyond your own faculty. You will attend seminars and workshops with researchers from other relevant disciplines. As an education PhD candidate, you could explore the following programs:

Next steps

Image: Matt Gale, Alumna, Master of Education. Photo courtesy of MGSE.

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After years of working in remote Aboriginal schools in the Northern Territory, Matt Gale chose to study the Master of Education to develop the leadership skills he was using in his role.