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Institute of Early Childhood


The Institute of Early Childhood) and the affiliated Children and Families Research Centre (CFRC) welcome postgraduate research students from Australia and around the world.

Early Childhood postgraduate research specialisations at Macquarie University include international early childhood development, emergency and post conflict  issues for young children, literacy and language, policy, pedagogy and leadership, early childhood, mathematics, science and technology and the arts in early childhood.

Higher degree research candidates include those undertaking a Master of Research and/or a PhD degree. Candidates at the Institute of Early Childhood and the Research Centres have full access to University facilities, including high quality office space, IT technology and a designated area within the central library. Candidates are eligible for financial support to assist with their field work and their participation at conferences around the globe.

Why choose Early Childhood Studies at Macquarie University?

  1. Flexibility - Candidates can study at Macquarie whilst located anywhere in the world, using a variety of online discussion tools or virtual classrooms.
  2. Expertise - Candidates benefit from the expertise of skilled and dedicated specialists and world renowned researchers in a wide variety of fields. Academics at Macquarie University are leading research projects at regional, national and international levels and are recognised worldwide for their publications. For information on research and publications visit research publications and staff research interests.
    Candidates are invited to participate in fortnightly seminars and to engage with cutting edge research projects in the field of early childhood.
  3. Diversity -The current cohort of postgraduate candidates at the Institute of Early Childhood come from China, Chile, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the USA, as well as from all around Australia.
  4. Scholarship - A variety of scholarship opportunities are available for postgraduate research students who undertake full-time studies on campus.
  5. Cutting edge technology - Students at Macquarie enjoy state of the art online technology which allows them to study from anywhere in the world., Macquarie University is home to  the first Automated Retrieval Collection Library in Australia, holding over 1 million items, immediately accessible.

We welcome your enquiries. Please contact

Dr Carol Newall Alexandra Loveday
Director of Higher Degree Research Program  
Institute of Early Childhood
HDR Co-ordinator, Education and Early Childhood
Faculty of Human Sciences
Tel: +61 2 9850 8057 Tel: +61 2 9850 8638

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The early childhood area of specialization covers a wide field. Higher degree research candidates undertaking a PhD, MPhil or Master of Research degree are able to pursue research programs in a number of areas from a variety of theoretical perspectives. For application forms, closing dates, and other information, please visit the Higher Degree Research Office website.