Department of Educational Studies

Department of Educational Studies

Our program provides a pathway to a teaching career or to work in other educational settings and is acknowledged as one of Australia’s finest. 

We offer courses in early childhood, primary and secondary education; postgraduate degrees in leadership, advanced pedagogy and special education, as well as opportunities for postgraduate research. Our future-facing programs have their foundations in interdisciplinary research and our curriculum allows our students to learn discipline studies from experts across the university. 

Our undergraduate program is recognised for the emphasis it attaches to the notion of the scholar-teacher; its promotion of reflective classroom practice and its innovative evidence-based professional experience program. 

Through our postgraduate program we nurture and develop the next generation of educational leaders and offer a unique range of learning and research opportunities.

We encourage strong links with the broader educational community, and are actively involved with education providers at all levels in advisory and research-based roles.

During your studies, you will take part in one of our multiple PACE (Professional and Community Engagement)  units, which provides you with hands-on experience in the sector. We encourage students from outside of our faculty to enrol in one of our exciting People or Planet units. More information can be found in the Handbook.

Undergraduate student guides

View our full list here.

Higher degree research

Our department promotes a diversity of research interests and allows us to be at the forefront of innovation in education. 

Higher degree researchers are invited to join us for a rich program of research training and opportunities to join our staff in cutting edge research projects. We also encourage cross-disciplinary research with the Departments of Indigenous StudiesPsychology and Linguistics.

Our research is reflected in national and international conference presentations, journal articles, book chapters and books written by our staff. In addition, our staff have a strong record of attracting competitive grants, engaging with external partners and informing policy.

Our higher degree research candidates are supported to develop a strong record of research publication and international conference presentation experience. 

If you're interested in doing educational research at Macquarie, contact a researcher in your field of interest to discuss your ideas and potential supervision before applying. For more information on applying contact the Higher Degree Research Office.

Centre and facilities

Our research and teaching is supported by outstanding facilities and opportunities. These include the world-renowned Mia Mia Child and Family Study Centre that provides a long-day early childhood school for the community (including Macquarie University staff and students), as well as exceptional observation and research opportunities. 

Other facilities include the Macquarie University school for children between Kindergarten to year 6 who have special learning needs.

On campus, orientation and support

On campus

The University provides support and information for students regarding on-campus food, childcare and travel needs.

Stay fit and active beyond the classroom with Macquarie’s Sport and Aquatic Centre which has a wide range of fitness classes and sporting facilities and a variety of membership options to suit your needs.


New and returning students are encouraged to attend Orientation week to celebrate the new session. Relax, explore and meet new people before lectures start the following week. Check out what is happening during 'O Week' and keep an eye on your emails for your invitation.


Need a little more help? Academic support is available for you providing academic and program advice, as well as peer support, study skills programs and training and support resources throughout your semester.

For help outside of your studies, the Health and Wellbeing teams can help by providing guidance on how to adjust to University life, counselling services, disability support services, student advocacy and much more. Don't forget, you can also tap into the student social clubs and groups as a way of connecting with others who share your passions.

Support is also readily available for Indigenous students and International students who need personal or academic advice.

Contact us 

Learn more about our support for current students, make requests regarding your studies online or contact us.  If you have questions, please go to For enquiries relating to research degrees, please contact the Human Sciences Higher Degree Research Office.

Postgraduates looking for academic advice and coursework help should contact

The Faculty of Human Sciences Student Centre is located at the ground floor of C3A, and open 9am - 5pm.

International student enquiries: submit an online enquiry.


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