Postgraduate study in Education

Postgraduate study opportunities in Education

Education is an important part of public and political life. Postgraduate study in Education is an opportunity to understand, explore and make an informed contribution to education debates. It helps you connect education policy, its delivery and the experience of groups and individuals.

Postgraduate study in Education covers the major themes of education. You will be encouraged to review current initiatives in education (both local and international) against a background of understanding education as an academic discipline.

You can explore the following issues in education:

  • contemporary issues in education and society
  • historical perspectives on education
  • the psychology, philosophy and sociology of education
  • learning and development theory
  • adult and higher education
  • Mäori education
  • research and evaluation.

Postgraduate Adviser for Education

Contact the Postgraduate Adviser for Education

Postgraduate careers

Career possibilities include research and evaluation, policy analysis, educational psychology, human resources, marae-based training and positions in universities and polytechnics. If you are interested in a teaching career, postgraduate study in Education would give you a strong theoretical background.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Education

The BA(Hons) is a stand alone degree at postgraduate level. It may be taken after a completed BA and is awarded as a separate qualification. The BA(Hons) may be used as the entry qualification for the one year MA.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in Education. You must have an average grade of ‘B’ or higher in 45 points above Stage II in the major.

Programme overview

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Required course of study

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for the courses you may take and how to structure your study.

Master of Arts in Education

Programme overview

Master of Arts

There are two separate MA options, depending on your entrance pathway.

120-point (one-year) MA

The 120-point MA requires one year of full-time study, with admission from a BA(Hons) or PGDipArts. The MA in Education is available as a research masters.

Admission requirements

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in Education with an average grade of B or higher.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study.

240-point (two-year) MA

The 240-point MA requires two consecutive years of full-time study, with admission from a BA or approved equivalent qualification. The MA in Education is available as a research masters.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in Education, or an approved equivalent qualification. You must have an average grade of B or higher in at least 45 points above Stage II in the major.

To progress to the second year of the MA

In the first 120 points of MA enrolment, you must achieve:

  • An average grade of B, or
  • For a research masters, any grade specified for enrolment in a thesis or research portfolio.

If you do not achieve the required grade, enrolment for the MA cannot continue.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

Apply and enrol

To apply and enrol for postgraduate study, visit our page on how to apply.

Contact a Graduate Adviser

For more information on postgradute study in Education, contact an Adviser.