Education (International Baccalaureate)

Masters Graduate Certificate

An International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme teacher talking with two students

The Master of Education (International Baccalaureate®) (IB) and Graduate Certificate in Education (IB) Primary Years Programme promote the development and growth of the whole person - intellectual, personal, emotional and social.

These specialist degrees will broaden your understanding of the philosophy of the IB and give you the skills to work in international education.

Taught by leading experts, these courses are for early childhood and primary educators who want to, or currently, teach in IB schools, and seek specialised knowledge and advanced qualifications in IB education.

The University of Melbourne also offers the IB Diploma Programme through Graduate Courses Online.

Have an enquiry? Course brochure (1.6mb 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

Graduate Certificate in Education (International Baccalaureate®)

Primary Years programme:
  • Course code: GC-EDIBPY
  • 1 year part-time
  • 50 points of coursework, comprising 4 x core 12.5 point subjects.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Graduate Certificate in Education (International Baccalaureate®).

Master of Education (International Baccalaureate®)

Primary Years programme:
  • Course code: MC-EDIBPY
  • 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • 100 points of coursework, comprising:
    • 75 points of core subjects (including the capstone requirements)
    • 25 points of elective subjects.

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


Students who undertake these courses are eligible for certification from the International Baccalaureate® Organisation, qualifying them to work in any school teaching IB in the world.

These courses will enable you to:

  • understand the philosophy of the IB and how it fosters international mindedness
  • articulate the centrality of the learner profile in IB education and implications for learning and teaching
  • consider different tools and strategies for assessing student learning and the extent to which these encourage critical thinking and meet the diverse needs of students
  • explore the pedagogy of student-directed inquiry, interdisciplinary learning, and the development of higher order thinking skills.


After completing the graduate certificate, you may be eligible for 50 points of credit towards the masters.

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

* 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.