Education Policy (International)


Rebecca Gray, Master of Education Policy (International) graduate

This course will be discontinued in 2018. Students interested in this area of study are encouraged to consider the new Master of Education with a Policy in a Global Context specialisation.

The Master of Education Policy (International) combines academic study with the opportunity to experience international education systems first-hand.

You will examine education systems from around the world to understand how other countries have responded to rapid social and economic change and the challenges of globalisation. This provides the context for an analysis of Australian education policies at state and national levels.

Whether you are a teacher, an education leader or a policy maker, this program will help you bring knowledge of international education policy to your work, enriching your organisation and broadening your career choices.

This course also offers you the chance to join a study tour to selected countries, where you will probe the relationship between education and training systems and their provision, as well as attending seminars presented by eminent scholars.

Have an enquiry? Course brochure (1.3mb PDF)

Entry requirements

  • A four-year education degree, or equivalent, or
  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline and at least 50 credit points, or equivalent, of graduate study in education.

Applicants without a relevant degree but with at least 6 years relevant work experience are encouraged to provide a CV with their application to be considered.

All students must meet English language requirements.

Course structure

  • 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • 1 x compulsory subject and 3 x electives, each worth 25 points.

Compulsory subject:

  • Education Policy: Negotiated Project. This is a supervised 10,000 word project.

Electives (choose three):

  • Comparative Education Policy (prerequisite for Education Policy: International Study)
  • Education Policy and Reform in Australia
  • Globalisation and Leadership
  • Education Policy: International Study (a three week program of visits to schools, VET providers and overseas universities).

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of Education Policy (International).


In this program, you will:

  • develop an understanding of education policies and issues on a global scale
  • examine education and training policy development, leadership, implementation and review
  • expand your professional networks in Australia and overseas
  • build a comparative perspective on issues including;
    • transitions in education
    • moving between education and employment
    • the needs of young people in globalised economies.

How to apply

The University of Melbourne accepts online applications year-round from both domestic and international applicants. International applicants can apply online or in person through our overseas representatives.

Application dates

Start year intake, 2018


Round 1 closes: 31 October 2017

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2017


Round 1 closes: 31 July 2017

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2017

Mid-year intake, 2018


Applications are now open for the 2018 mid-year intake. Closing dates are yet to be confirmed.


Applications are now open for the 2018 mid-year intake. Closing dates are yet to be confirmed.

* Dates only apply for courses which are available to international students.

Prepare your application

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation with your application:

  • previous academic transcripts
  • evidence of degree completion (testamur)
  • evidence of English language proficiency.

It's also worth checking the advanced standing policy (PDF, 209 KB) to see if you are eligible to receive credit towards your chosen course.

Application process

Submit an online course application directly to the University of Melbourne.

Please note:

  • If you are a current or past University of Melbourne student or applicant, use your existing student ID/username and password. Registering as a first time applicant will delay the processing of your application.
  • Only submit one application per course with your preferred fee type and study load (full-time or part-time) if applicable.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are limited and are not available for all courses. Eligible applicants who cannot be offered a CSP will automatically be considered for an Australian Fee Place.

Application outcome

Application outcomes will be sent to your nominated email address or overseas representative.

Applicants are able to check the progress of their application by logging in to the online course application page.