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The Master of Education and Graduate Certificate in Education give you a strong foundation in education practice and theory, allowing you to pursue your own interests and specialist teaching through research and elective subjects in a number of specialised areas.

These courses are ideal for those wishing to strengthen their skills as an education professional, connect with the latest developments and research in the field, and move beyond the classroom to explore system-level issues and challenges.

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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

  • Course code: GC-EDGEN
  • 6 months full-time or 1 year part-time
  • 50 points of coursework, comprising of 12.5 or 25 point subjects from a specified list.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Graduate Certificate in Education.

Master of Education: Coursework

  • Course code: 960AC
  • 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • 100 points of coursework, comprising:
    • 3x compulsory 12.5 point subjects
    • at least three electives worth a total of 62.5 points (subjects may be 12.5 or 25 points).

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of Education: Coursework.

Master of Education: Research

  • Course code: 960BA
  • 1.5 years full-time or 3 years part-time
  • 50 points of coursework, comprising:
    • 2 x compulsory 12.5 point subjects
    • 2 x 12.5 point elective subjects.
  • A 20,000 word thesis including specialist research methods.

Research students must maintain a grade average of 75% in all coursework.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of Education: Research.


Students of this course will:

  • develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of educational theory and practice in specialised areas of education
  • be exposed to the latest, cutting-edge research that is driving change to policy and/or practice in numerous educational settings world wide
  • develop specialised skills to plan and execute an education research based project
  • develop cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and interpret complex information, problems, concepts and theories
  • apply established theories and latest research findings to inform policy and/or practice.


  • Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Education may be eligible for 50 points of credit towards the Master of Education, and a range of other graduate coursework programs.
  • Students who are interested in completing a thesis are encouraged to apply for the Master of Education - Research. Graduates from this program are eligible to apply for entry to the Doctor of Education program or a PhD.

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 3 closes: 31 January 2018


Round 1 closes: 31 July 2017

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2017

Mid-year intake, 2017


Round 1 closes: 31 May 2017

Round 2 closes: 30 June 2017


Round 1 closes: 28 February 2017

Round 2 closes: 12 June 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.

Application dates

There are two selection rounds each year. New applications can be submitted at any time, however all applications must be submitted and complete by the closing dates below to be considered for each round.

Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee admission into the course, as entry to candidature is very competitive.

Semester 1, 2018

Doctor of Education and Master of Educational Psychology/PhD (combined degree):applications close 31 August 2017.

All other graduate research degrees: applications close 16 October 2017.

Semester 2, 2018

Dates to be confirmed.

We recommend you submit your application at least four weeks before the closing dates, just in case any additional documentation is required.

Please note: the Master of Educational Psychology/PhD does not have a Semester 2 intake.

Application process

1. Write your research proposal

You must provide an extended research proposal with your application. Research proposals should be 1,500 words for PhD applications and 1,000 words for all other graduate research degrees.

They must succinctly address the following points under separate headings:

  • Aims of study: what's the proposed topic of your study and why is it important? What does your study want to achieve? What could your potential research questions be?
  • Key concepts and theories: briefly discuss key academic concepts and theories informing your study.
  • Approach and methodology: provide a brief overview of the approach and/or methodology you intend to use in your study.
  • Rationale for coming to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE): Why is MGSE the right research environment for your project? Why is your prospective principal supervisor a good fit for your project (see below)?
  • Bibliography: list up to ten key references for your project.

Once you've identified a principal supervisor, your research proposal should also be updated to reflect who they are and how they'll contribute to your research project.

2. Find a supervisor

Find a principal supervisor who will support your research proposal and application. Your supervisor must be a current staff member at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE).

We recommend that you search for a supervisor on the University’s Find an Expert page, or visit our current research projects page to find staff members working on research projects. Please attach your research proposal (or a short summary) and CV when contacting your potential supervisors via email.

You'll need to upload evidence of your intended principal supervisor’s support when submitting your application. This can be in email format and must include the intended supervisor’s agreement to supervise you should your application be successful.

Please note that all supervision arrangements are also subject to the approval of the MGSE Selection Committee. Support of a prospective supervisor does not guarantee entry to MGSE’s research higher degree program.

3. Apply online

Read the application information and apply on the Future Students website.

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Don’t forget to provide your research proposal and evidence of your intended principal supervisors support when submitting your application.

If you have any questions about how to complete or submit your application, please contact Graduate Research Admissions at


Scholarship applications should be lodged online as part of your graduate research degree application. Current graduate research students can apply for scholarships via their Student Portal.

Further information:

Application outcome

All correspondence regarding your application will be by email. If your application is successful, you will receive an offer letter via email explaining how you can accept your place.

Please note that for the current 2017 round, application outcomes for international applications will be available in mid-June. Outcomes for domestic applicants will be available in late June.