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Postgraduate research degree


** Open for Mid-year intake 2017 - applications close 31 May **


Thursday 27 April 2017, 6-7pm

The School of Education has a lively and diverse postgraduate research community. We have supervisors available to take on new, high-quality students into our Masters by Research, PhD and EdD programs.

We particularly seek candidates with interests in the following areas, which align with existing research activity and supervision expertise:

  • Teacher learning, STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), innovative futures.
  • Practice, learning, change, and innovation in professional and workplace settings
  • TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages), applied linguistics, language literacy and numeracy.

The School of Education strongly encourages applications from Indigenous students wishing to explore issues relating to education. We work closely with colleagues from the Centre for Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges (CAIK), and have a number of Indigenous students working with us at the moment. We are committed to widening participation and meeting the ambitious aims of the UTS Indigenous Education Strategy 2015-2018. We have dedicated support available for prospective Indigenous students, to help find out about scholarships, the admissions process, findings supervisors, and developing your proposal. Please contact Dr Christopher Lawrence from Jumbunna for more information.

Teacher learning, STEM, innovative futures

Our experts in the field have strong international reputations in the areas of mathematics, science and technology education. They currently lead and are parts of major national and international research projects. These include

  • Maths Inside – concerned with promoting engagement in mathematics,
  • an ARC Discovery Grant investigating hand held technologies in science and mathematics
  • projects with industry leaders such as Microsoft on learning with handheld technologies.

We work extensively with NSWDEC and other NSW schools. Teacher learning, school partnerships and teacher induction and mentoring are also areas in which our researchers have expertise.

Suggested contacts: Professor Sandy Schuck, Associate Professor John Buchanan, Dr Anne Prescott.

Practice, learning, change and innovation in professional and workplace settings

This area builds on UTS’ worldwide renown in research on adult and vocational education and workplace learning. Our current interests lie in applying and developing new theoretical approaches including sociomaterial and practice-based perspectives. Our agenda focuses on how professional practices are changing, and what this means for learning at work and higher education. Key changes include new relationships between professions and service users (partnership, coproduction), interprofessional and interagency practice, and new technology.

Our current and recent projects include studies of:

  • Collective learning in a multicultural health service
  • Simulation-based teaching and learning in undergraduate nursing education
  • Professional expertise and reciprocal learning in services for parents with young children.

We encourage applicants who wish to apply contemporary theoretical lenses to studies of learning and change in their own professional fields. We also encourage applicants with proposals for research that align with our ongoing projects as listed above.

Suggested contacts: Dr Ann Reich, Dr Donna Rooney, Dr Nick Hopwood

TESOL, applied linguistics, language literacy and numeracy

Our research addresses ways in which languages are used, understood and taught in the contemporary world. We are interested in bilingual ways of teaching and learning, and in the role of digital technologies in language pedagogy. This brings a focus on multimodal communication and multi-literacies and numeracies. Research projects and publications focus on academic writing, technological mediation of language and multimodal communication, meaning making potential in body language, early literacy development in disadvantaged communities, language and development in international contexts, community language maintenance, gender and language education, and multilingual practices in urban spaces.

Current projects and publications include studies of urban multilingualism (metrolingualism), gender, masculinity and English language teaching, literacy and numeracy policies, academic writing, and English pedagogies in Southeast Asia.

Suggested contacts: Professor Alastair Pennycook, Associate Professor Sue Hood, Dr Jacquie Widin

Other research topics and areas

The School supports diverse educational research, and there may be opportunities to pursue topics not listed above. In this case you should contact particular supervisors with relevant expertise. Please bear in mind not all supervisors have capacity to take on new students every year, and all applications must be supported by two ‘Category 1’ supervisors with spare capacity.

Postgraduate research degree area

What the students say

Raviro Chineka, UTS:Education Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) studentRaviro Chineka
Doctor of Philosophy, Education

“I tried a number of universities in Australia and elsewhere but UTS stood out as the university of choice.”

Tracey-Ann Palmer, UTS:Education Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) studentTracey-Ann Palmer
Doctor of Philosophy, Education

“Being allowed to be creative and work in a way that suited my style was very important. UTS had the perfect people … they were sensational!“

Anne Nguyen, UTS Master of Education studentAnne Nguyen
Master of Education (Research)

“Access to new and exciting research has offered me a unique advantage in my career as a practitioner and a researcher.”

Sirinut Sawatdeenarunat, UTS Doctor of Philosophy, Education studentSirinut Sawatdeenarunat
Doctor of Philosophy, Education

“As a research student, you are no longer told what to do and when to do it, instead, you take initiative to your studies”

Further information

Closing date for second round applications is 17 January 2017 for applications within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Engagement with external stakeholders and pursuing research with real impact in education, industry, professions or community settings is a hallmark of research at UTS.

New students will join and be expected to contribute to a vibrant research culture, including attending campus-based block courses in the first year, seminars, and structured activities provided throughout candidature. Full and part-time study modes are available.

For more information see:

Please direct administrative and procedural questions to Margaret McGrath

If you have other questions, relating to your topic, developing a proposal, finding a supervisor, please use the suggested contacts listed above, or contact Nick Hopwood, the HDR Coordinator for the School of Education.

See more on key research areas within the School of Education. 


How to apply for a Research degree 

FASS postgraduate research degree