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Master of Professional Studies in Education

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Master's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Auckland


Find out how you can build knowledge, skills and experience in critiquing and understanding educational research and undertake your own research through completion of a dissertation.

Programme highlights

Opportunity to build knowledge, skills and experience in educational research.Includes a 60-point dissertation on a research area of interest. Courses are offered by a range of delivery modes.


The Master of Professional Studies in Education will be of special interest to teachers with three years of teaching experience who hold either a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary, Primary or Early Childhood Education) or a Bachelor of Physical Education (four-year degree) as it allows you to go from these qualifications directly to study at Masters level. It is also a masters option for those who have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education.


The programme includes an approved 30-point research methods course, a 60-point dissertation and a 30-point course associated with your research area, giving a coherent whole to the programme of study.

Entry criteria

In order to be admitted to the Education specialisation in the Master of Professional Studies programme, you need to have completed the requirements for either:

a four-year bachelors degree


a bachelors (honours) degree


a bachelors degree and a professional qualification in Education equivalent to one year’s advanced study.

In addition, you must have at least three years of teaching experience.

Note that some courses have prerequisites.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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