Policy in a Global Context specialisation

Master of Education

Delve into education policy in a global context and get an understanding of domestic educational policy and its relationships with systems and procedures from around the world.

This specialisation combines academic study with the opportunity to experience international education systems firsthand. 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.

Please note: this specialisation is available within the Master of Education, and is not a separate course. The regular Master of Education CRICOS code applies.

International opportunities

You will have the chance to participate in an international study visit (staff-led or independently organised) to explore the relationship between education and training systems and their provision.


Whether you are a teacher, education leader or policy maker, this specialisation will prepare you to move into education leadership roles, education policy reform and management, or other related areas.


Successful completion of this specialisation will enable you to:

  • 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 and the needs of young people in globalised economies.

Sample course plan (full-time)

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

Year 1

Semester 1

Understanding Education in Context

Local Literacies in Global Contexts

Leading Educational Ideas

Foundations of Evaluation

Semester 2

Resilience and Relationships

The Student as Learner

Knowledge and Learning in the Professions

Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions

Year 2

Semester 1

Understanding Education Policy

Globalisation and Education Policy

Leading the Education Organisation

Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

Semester 2

Education Policy and Reform

Education Policy in Practice

Research Methods in Education

Education Capstone Research Project

  • Core subject
  • Elective
  • Specialisation core