Degree details

Graduates will be able to apply in-depth knowledge of: 

  1. research principles and methods to apply those principles and methods in the evaluation and design of research into current educational issues related to wellbeing and positive mental health;
  2. research design and methods, evaluation and assessment with a principal focus on key contemporary educational policy issues;
  3. the use quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method research designs in educational policy research and program evaluation.

Professional recognition

This degree does not lead to teacher registration in Australia.

Career objectives

Graduates are suitable for careers in a variety of positions ranging from work as teachers in school classrooms, school coordinators and principals, curriculum and policy advisers in departments of education and as advisers to government and other policy makers.

Higher education

Applicants must normally hold a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in Education, Teaching or in a closely related discipline; or hold an approved bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in any discipline and hold a Graduate Certificate in Education from Flinders University or equivalent qualification.

Credit transfer may be granted, on application, for prior study completed in a relevant Honours, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters degree; accredited professional development; or relevant work experience.

Applications for credit transfer are assessed on a case by case basis according to Flinders University policies. Students must be made an offer for entry into a degree before lodging their completed credit transfer application, along with all necessary documentation for formal assessment. More information is available at

This degree is intended for teachers, educators and leaders in schools, the community, workplaces, universities and training institutions who wish to specialise and take leadership in promoting and implementing policy initiatives in wellbeing and positive mental health promotion.

It is designed to provide a mechanism for policy initiatives in wellbeing and positive mental health promotion to be implemented in schools and communities across the state and nationally.

It is 1.5 years in length on a full-time basis and can also be undertaken part-time.

Recommended Study Pattern

Students complete five core (compulsory) topics and seven option topics chosen from an extensive range of option topics available. These topics aim to provide students with a wide range of opportunities to promote wellbeing and positive mental health in schools and early childhood services and undertake a research project.

As a guide, full-time students generally undertake four topics per semester and part-time students undertake two topics per semester. 

Award Requirements

To complete the requirements of the Master of Education (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health) (Progressive level entry), students must successfully complete five core (compulsory) topics and seven option topics chosen from an extensive range of option topics available. 

Applications are submitted directly to Flinders University through its online application system.