Our researchers are experts in their fields and have strong international reputations.
As a life-long learner you may be seeking to undertake further study after completing an undergraduate course or spending time in the workforce. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), offers a range of postgraduate coursework and higher degree research programs to enhance your career prospects or enable a change in your career path.
As an HDR student, you’ll become part of a vibrant research culture within Education. You’ll attend campus-based block courses in the first year, seminars, and structured activities provided throughout your candidature. You’ll also be challenged to think about your research in the context of industry, professional and community settings. This external focus and our emphasis on pursuing research with impact is a hallmark of research at UTS.
Postgraduate research degree courses (Education)
The following courses are available:
Choose from full-time and part-time study modes.
Our key research areas where we have supervisor capacity are:
Science, Technology and Mathematics education, innovative futures, teacher learning
Our Centre for provides an opportunity for students to work with research leaders and benefit from a vibrant and dynamic community of researchers.
Researchers in this stream have strong international reputations in the areas of mathematics, science and technology education. We currently lead or contribute to major national and international research projects. Some of these include:
- Maths Inside— concerned with promoting engagement in mathematics,
- an ARC Discovery Grant investigating handheld technologies in science and mathematics
- projects with industry leaders such as the Australian Academy of Science on projects that research impact of professional learning and online learning resources on science teachers and students' learning.
We work extensively with NSWDEC and other NSW schools. Teacher learning, school partnerships and teacher induction and mentoring in science, mathematics and STEM are also areas in which our researchers have expertise. See the profiles of researchers at the
Suggested contact: Associate Professor
Practice, learning, change and innovation in professional and workplace settings
Research in this stream is focused on applying and developing new theoretical approaches to education including socio-material 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, co-production), interprofessional and interagency practice, and new technology. This program of work contributes to UTS’s international reputation as a leader in research on adult and vocational education and workplace learning.
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 welcome applications from students who are interested in applying contemporary theoretical lenses to studies of learning and change in their own professional fields, or whose research interests align with the ongoing projects listed above.
Education staff have diverse interests and may be able to supervise projects in other areas, including those relating to languages, intercultural education, social justice, innovation in schooling, use of technologies in schooling and higher education.
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 the capacity to take on new students every year. All applications must be supported by two ‘Category 1’ supervisors with spare capacity — read more in our How to Apply section.
Indigenous research students
Education strongly encourages applications from Indigenous students wishing to explore issues relating to education. We work closely with colleagues from the Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges (CAIK) and remain committed to widening participation and meeting the ambitious aims of the UTS Indigenous Education Strategy 2015–2018. Please contact FASS.FRO@uts.edu.au for more information.
What the students say
I tried a number of universities in Australia and elsewhere but UTS stood out as the university of choice.
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!
Doctor of Philosophy, Education
Access to new and exciting research has offered me a unique advantage in my career as a practitioner and a researcher.
Master of Education (Research)
How to apply
Direct your administrative and procedural questions to FASS.FRO@uts.edu.au.
If you have other questions, relating to your topic, developing a proposal, finding a supervisor, please use the suggested contacts listed above, or contact FASS.FRO@uts.edu.au.