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Master of Applied Professional Studies - Adult Teaching

This course is available


Level of Study

Master's Degree


1.5 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Mokoia Campus


Are you a working professional who wants to gain higher level qualifications in your field of expertise?

At Toi Ohomai you can advance your study of professional leadership with our unique suite of applied postgraduate courses that link directly to your current practice.

The Master of Applied Professional Studies – Adult Teaching supports you to broaden your knowledge and experience through reflective practice, critical evaluation, in-depth analysis of issues and applied research.

You'll apply theory to examples of work-based situations. Your assessments and projects directly support your professional employment so you can seamlessly put your new skills and knowledge into practice on the job.

You'll explore adult learning theory, and critique, analyse and find effective solutions to issues and challenges within your specialist field.

During your Masters study you also develop the advanced research skills required to carry out an independent research project.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • Master of Applied Professional Studies (Adult Teaching)

Additional awards included:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Professional Studies (Adult Teaching)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Professional Studies (Adult Teaching)


Advancement or employment related to your current field of practice, in roles such as:

  • tertiary lecturer/tutor
  • staff development and training officer
  • educational resources designer/writer
  • academic manager


  • Critical Reflective Practice
  • Adult Learning Theory
  • Assessing for Learning
  • Designing Learning Programmes for Adult Learners
  • Adult Teaching Practice
  • Nga Tikanga Rangahau: Research Protocols
  • Research Project OR Dissertation

If you have already completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Professional Studies (Adult Teaching), you can finish this course in 16 weeks (full time).

Entry criteria

You must hold:

  • a bachelor's degree or bachelor's degree with honours in a cognate subject with a B average or above, OR
  • a postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma in a cognate subject with a B average or above

In exceptional circumstances, based on academic merit and relevant experience, applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission subject to the completion of any qualifying papers the Postgraduate Board of Studies may prescribe. These papers must be completed either prior to starting the master's degree or concurrently.

Other Considerations

  • You must have access to a relevant workplace. If you are not currently employed it is expected that you'll have at least two years relevant experience to draw on.
  • Limitations may apply to the number of students admitted and enrolled on the course. The Faculty Leader shall approve every applicant selected.

English Language requirements:

IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0; TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) score of 79 (with a writing score of 21); TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) score of 590 (with an essay score of 5.5 TWE); Cambridge English Qualifications: C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill; OET: Minimum of Grade C+ or 300 in all sub-tests; PTE (Academic) score of 58 with no band score lower than 50.

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