Course overview

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

Explore the current and future challenges facing science education, and learn innovative approaches to teaching and communicating science that lift engagement and performance.

What you will learn

You’ll explore how science is currently taught and how it is increasingly connected to learning that takes place outside the school environment. This includes informal settings, through digital technologies and other disciplines such as engineering and environmental sciences. You’ll gain an understanding of how these developments require fundamental reconsideration of the goals of science education, its curricula and approaches to pedagogy and assessment.

Course structure

Through the Science Education specialisation, you will develop your ability to critically analyse educational theories, policies and practices that are relevant to contemporary science education. In particular, you will learn to enhance the experience of students in science by engaging with them in informal settings, through the use of digital technology, and by connecting science with other disciplines.


Specialisation subjects are:

  • Interdisciplinary Science Education
  • Informal Science Communication
  • Environmental Education
  • Science Communication and Technology

Entry requirements

  • Three-year undergraduate degree (or equivalent)

English Language Criteria

All students must meet English language requirements.

How to apply

You can enquire via University of Melbourne enquiry form 

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $25,728 per year full-time, $51,456 total course cost


2 years full time, 4 years part time

Starting dates

February, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Teacher Education postgraduate courses at University of Melbourne rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 80.3% (national average 69.1%)
Improved skills: 82.2% (national average 72.8%)
Overall satisfaction: 88.2% (national average 81.5%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Melbourne. You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Teacher Education postgraduate courses at University of Melbourne had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 88.7% (national average 80.5%)
Studying full time: 13.0% (national average 5.5%)
Median full time salary: $70,000 (national average $72,000)

The ratings above refer the proportion of surveyed University of Melbourne graduates for which the statement was true. You can find out more about these results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 056817G