Global communications

Language in context

Master of English in a Global Context 

The Master of English in a Global Context (MEGC) is a unique program accredited by the University of Melbourne's Graduate School of Education↗ and delivered by Hawthorn-Melbourne. The program concentrates on the development of high level language, research and academic skills while exploring social, cultural and linguistic concepts relating to English as a global language. 

MEGC will develop your confidence and competence as an international English communicator. 

MEGC is suitable for academics and professionals, from any field, if you need to develop high level professional English skills for your career or if you have an interest in the diverse issues relating to language development and its use.


As a MEGC graduate, you will:

  • Be able to produce, understand and evaluate complex oral and written material in English appropriate to a variety of professional contexts.
  • Understand the English language and its variability in different social contexts.
  • Appreciate how to acquire and develop language skills and other knowledge in and through English.
  • Be able to use English in a variety of social and professional contexts.
  • Learn how to learn a language and continue to develop your English independently.
  • Articulate your knowledge appropriately in English.
  • Exhibit analytic and problem solving skills.
  • Work independently to achieve goals and to promote your own language development learning.
  • Interact effectively when required with others without being inhibited by English.

The program is only available to students for whom English is a second or foreign language.

Entry into the program requires a recognised bachelor degree, or equivalent qualification, plus demonstrated proficiency in English with minimum scores: 

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 no band less than 6.0 or;
  • TOEFL (paper-based test) 577 + TWE 4.5 or;
  • TOEFL (computer-based test) 233 + 4.5 essay rating or;
  • TOEFL (internet-based test) 79 + Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13 or;
  • PTE (Academic) 58-64 inclusive & no communicative skill below 50.

Course structure

Professional and Academic Communication Skills
(25 credit points, 150 hours)

Advanced English Communication Skills
(25 credit points, 150 hours)


Refer to the handbook↗ for full subject descriptions. 

English as an International Language
(12.5 credit points, 24 hours)

Research Methodology
(12.5 credit points, 28 hours)

InterCultural Communication
(12.5 credit points, 24 hours)

Language Communication & Society
(12.5 credit points, 36 hours)

Refer to the handbook↗ for full subject descriptions. 

Translating Language & Culture
(12.5 credit points, 24 hours)

Language Use in Context
(12.5 credit points, 36 hours)

Capstone Research Project
(25 credit points, 24 hours)

Refer to the handbook↗ for full subject descriptions. 

Fees and dates

MEGC is a one year program with two intakes each year; you can start in February or July. 

Semester dates Semester break Assessment week
27 February 2017 to 9 June 2017 14 April 2017 to 21 April 2017 5 June 2017 to 9 June 2017
17 July 2017 to 27 October 2017  4 September 2017 to 8 September 2017 23 October 2017 to 27 October 2017 
6 November 2017 to 16 February 2018  21 December 2017 to 6 January 2018 12 February 2018 to 16 February 2018


 MEGC fees

2017 course fee 

Indicative total course fee 

 International students 



 Citizens* and Permanent Residents



Fees quoted are indicative only, for a 150 point coursework masters program completed in 1 year.

*Citizens may be eligible for HECS-HELP

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