Master of Education

Masters

Gain a strong foundation in education practice and theory with our Master of Education degree. Delve into contemporary education issues, connect with the latest developments in the field, and garner the expertise to move beyond the classroom.

With a flexible course structure, featuring nine specialisations and extra electives, you can pursue your own interests and further your specialist teaching practice. Commonwealth Supported Places are available for all eligible domestic students and advanced standing is available to qualified educators who wish to fast-track their studies.

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Specialisation options

Careers

The Master of Education offers professional learning for educators in a broad range of fields, including early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary, vocational and adult.

It’s designed for professionals who already hold, or seek to move into:

  • Leadership and/or management positions within educational and professional settings
  • Policy making roles and responsibilities within government and non-government organisations
  • Specialist and coordination positions
  • Professional development/capacity building positions in educational, workplace and or community settings
  • Other education and training settings.

Please note that the Master of Education is not a teaching qualification.

Outcomes

In this course you will:

  • Develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of educational theory and practice in specialised areas of education
  • Be exposed to the latest research that is driving change to policy and practice in educational settings world-wide.

Pathways

  • Advanced standing of up to 100 credit points of the 200 credit point degree will be granted to applicants who have either:
    • 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.
  • Students 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.

Student experience

Jess Alger, Director of Student Wellbeing at Presentation College

I found that study actually reinvigorated me in my passion for my work. It allowed me to focus on different aspects of schools and education with fresh eyes, and I was more aware of the ways in which I can positively impact my colleagues and students in my day to day work.

Jess Alger
Director of Student Wellbeing at Presentation College

This 200 point course, with advanced standing entry available, is ideal for those wishing to develop specialised knowledge and skills in educational theories, policies and approaches at the graduate level. Through connecting with the latest developments and research in the field, you’ll gain the expertise to move beyond the classroom to explore system-level issues and challenges.

Overview

Course code: MC-ED

Full program – 200 points of coursework, comprising:

  • Year 1: 4 x core subjects and 4 x electives
  • Year 2: 4 x core specialisation subjects, 2 x core subjects and 2 x electives

Fast-tracked – 100 points of coursework with advanced standing, comprising:

  • Year 2: 4 x core specialisation subjects, 2 x core subjects and 2 x electives.

To specialise in a particular area, you must successfully complete each of the four specialisation core subjects. Students in the full program may complete more than one specialisation.

If you wish to complete a general Master of Education without a specialisation, you may choose subjects from across the range of elective and specialisation subjects.

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

Flexible study

The Master of Education may be undertaken through either:

  • full-time study, comprising four semesters over two years, or
  • part-time study, comprising up to eight semesters over four years.

Advanced standing

Advanced standing of up to 100 credit points of the 200 credit point degree will be granted to applicants who have either:

  • 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.

Students with advanced standing begin in year two and are only required to complete the second-year subjects.

Sample course plan (full-time)

Students with 100 points of advanced standing enter in year two.

Year 1

Semester 1

Resilience and Relationships

Understanding Education in Context

Elective

Elective

Semester 2

The Student as Learner

Local Literacies in Global Contexts

Elective

Elective

Year 2

Semester 1

Specialisation core or elective

Specialisation core or elective

Elective

Elective

Semester 2

Specialisation core or elective

Specialisation core or elective

Research Methods in Education

Education Capstone Research Project

  • Core subject
  • Elective
  • Specialisation core

Quick reference guide

Master of Education places Study type Annual fee
Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative) Coursework $6,561
Australian Fee Place Coursework $25,728
International Coursework $33,376  

All fees are for 100 points of coursework.

See below for more details on:

Domestic students

Australian Government loan programs (e.g. HECS-HELP) are available for domestic students to help you to defer all or part of your tuition fees.

Commonwealth Supported Place

Commonwealth Supported Places are available for all eligible domestic students.

If you receive an offer for a Commonwealth Supported Place, the Australian Government subsidises your fees and you pay a student contribution amount.

You may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution amount through the HECS-HELP loan program.

More information: studyassist.gov.au

Annual fee
Masters - coursework $6,561*

* Student contribution amount for one Equivalent Full-Time Student Load (EFTSL). Your actual student contribution will be charged by subject.

Australian Fee Place

If you receive an offer for an Australian fee-paying place, you may be eligible to defer your fee payment under the FEE-HELP program.

Fees are not subsidised by the Australian Government but you do not need to repay your FEE-HELP loan until your income reaches a minimum repayment threshold.

More information: studyassist.gov.au

Annual fee
Masters - coursework $25,728

International students

If you receive an offer for an international fee place you will be responsible for paying your fees at the beginning of each semester.

More information:  futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/fees/grad-intl

Annual fee
Masters - coursework $33,376

Scholarships

The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, as well as many third party organisations offer a variety of scholarships to students based on merit and circumstance.

Visit the Financial Support and Scholarships pages or check the University of Melbourne's Scholarship site for more information.

Financial support

Youth Allowance and Austudy are available to eligible students undertaking the Master of Education. Visit Centrelink for more information.

Student Support (Financial Aid) provides student loans, advice and advocacy around Government student payments, grants based on financial need (including housing/rent assistance grants) and welfare support. Book an appointment to speak with a specialist staff member.

For more information on financing your studies, visit financial support and scholarships.

The University of Melbourne accepts online applications year-round from both domestic and international applicants, and you’ll be assessed for the next available intake. You may be eligible to receive credit towards your chosen course based on previous experience or study, and your application will automatically be assessed for advanced standing.

Entry requirements

  • A three-year undergraduate degree or equivalent in any discipline area.
  • Advanced standing of up to 100 credit points of the 200 credit point degree will be granted to applicants who have either:
    • 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.

All students must meet English language requirements.

Application check list

Work through the checklist below to ensure you complete all the necessary steps.

  1. Check the minimum entry requirements of your desired course.
  2. Apply online

    Submit your application online, or through an overseas representative. If you’re applying for more than one course be sure to number your preferences.

  3. Submit your supporting documentation
    You will need to provide:
    • transcripts from your previous studies, this includes complete and incomplete degrees
    • testamur (the certificate you received on graduation)
    • evidence showing you meet the English language requirements. For more information, visit: futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/english-requirements
    • a certified translation if your documents are not in English
    • supporting documentation to your online application.

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.

Start year intake, 2018

Domestic

Round 1 closes: 31 October 2017

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2017

International*

Round 1 closes: 31 July 2017

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2017

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 available to all eligible domestic applicants.

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.